Paddling Cape Cod: A Coastal Explorer's Guide

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A paddling guide designed for canoeists and kayakers who want to explore the Cape's rivers, marshes, and shoreline and learn about the region's natural history. Paddling the Cape's waterways is the best way to see its wildlife and to understand the ever-changing forces of sand, tide, and wind that define this land-and it's a perfect way to escape the crowds. The authors are experienced paddlers who own a canoe and kayak touring business. Full of natural history, this guide also has practical details, like where ...

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Overview

A paddling guide designed for canoeists and kayakers who want to explore the Cape's rivers, marshes, and shoreline and learn about the region's natural history. Paddling the Cape's waterways is the best way to see its wildlife and to understand the ever-changing forces of sand, tide, and wind that define this land-and it's a perfect way to escape the crowds. The authors are experienced paddlers who own a canoe and kayak touring business. Full of natural history, this guide also has practical details, like where and when to go; tides, currents, and safety considerations; and information about where boats can be rented. This guide is endorsed by Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881504415
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/17/2000
  • Series: Backcountry Guides Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 162
  • Sales rank: 421,521
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 5
Foreword 9
Part I Setting Out on the Water 11
Tides and Currents 12
Maps 15
Equipment 16
Clothing 17
Safety 18
Weather 19
Public/Private Access 20
Part II Upper Cape Paddling Tours 23
1. Back River, Pocasset 23
2. Tobys Island to Wings Neck, Pocasset 25
3. Pocasset River, Pocasset 28
4. Bassetts Island, Pocasset 32
5. Sandwich Harbor, Sandwich 35
6. Scorton Creek, East Sandwich 41
7. Washburn Island, Falmouth 45
8. South Cape Beach, Mashpee 48
9. Waquoit Bay's Tidal Rivers and Salt Ponds, Falmouth 51
10. Fullers Marsh, Cotuit 58
11. Santuit River, Cotuit 62
12. Popponesset Beach and Meadow Point, Mashpee and Cotuit 65
13. Mashpee River, Mashpee 68
14. Coonamessett Pond, Falmouth 72
15. Mashpee-Wakeby Pond, Mashpee 74
Part III Mid-Cape Paddling Tours 81
16. Centerville River and Scudder Bay, Cotuit 81
17. Osterville Grand Island, Cotuit 85
18. Barnstable Great Marsh, Barnstable 88
19. Barnstable Harbor to Sandy Neck, Barnstable 93
20. Chase Garden Creek, Yarmouthport 99
21. Bass River, Dennis 104
22. Herring River, West Harwich 108
23. Quivett Creek, Brewster 114
24. Upper and Lower Mill Ponds, Brewster 117
Part IV Lower Cape Paddling Tours 123
25. The River, Little Pleasant Bay, Orleans 123
26. Sampson Island and Broad Creek, Orleans 127
27. Pochet Inlet, Orleans 130
28. Stage Harbor, Chatham 132
29. Nauset Marsh, Eastham 137
30. Boat Meadow River, Eastham 145
31. Pamet River, Truro 148
Resource Appendix 153
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Introduction

Church, Nancy

DECSRIPTION: A paddling guide designed for canoeists and kayakers who want to explore the Cape's rivers, marshes, and shoreline and learn about the region's natural history.Cape Cod, a narrow arm of land surrounded by sea, is dotted with ponds and lakes and cross-hatched by inlets, marshes, marine estuaries, and bays. This abundance of salt and fresh water offers paddlers nearly unlimited opportunities to experience the rich marine life and natural beauty of the Cape. Paddling the Cape's waterways is the best way to see its wildlife and birds, and to understand the ever-changing forces of sand, tide, and wind that define this land. As you begin to paddle in the quiet inland waters, you may happen upon a great blue heron stalking its prey or an osprey stooping for a fish. Once out to sea, you'll find an entirely different environment of wind-driven surf and migrating seals. Fred and Shirley Bull started leading natural history paddling tours in 1993 to raise awareness about the fragile ecosystem of Waquoit Bay. Soon they were fully booked by the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and began to lead paddling trips to all parts of the Cape. Full of natural history, their guide is also complete with practical details about where and when to go, tides and currents, safety considerations, and boat rentals. A detailed map is included for each of the 35 tours.

* The only comprehensive guide to paddling this region

* The authors are experienced paddlers who own a canoe and kayak touring business

* Tours emphasize bird and sea life; text includes natural history throughout

* Endorsed by the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

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