Saturday, August 7, 2021

CranePaddle: Kayak Historic Fox Creek

Kayak Fox Creek

About CranePaddle: Kayak Historic Fox Creek

The Great Marsh—the largest contiguous salt marsh in New England—is not only brimming with fascinating natural history, it is also home to a rich cultural history. Nowhere is this more evident than in the meandering waters of Fox Creek. Connecting the tidal estuaries of the Essex River basin and the Ipswich River, it contains the oldest saltwater canal in the United States and the remains of the historic Robinson’s Shipyard, where over 100 minesweepers used in WWII were once built.

This adventure offers the perfect vantage point from which to observe this unique environment and the wildlife that calls it home; the seat of a kayak. Starting at our dock in Essex Bay, we’ll paddle through the Fox Creek Canal and into Fox Creek, where we’ll see herons, egrets, and other shore birds nestled amidst the grasses of the salt marsh. With a little luck we might even spot an osprey soaring overhead!

This is one of our longer, more strenuous adventures and previous salt water kayaking experience is recommended.

Please note: Participants must be competent swimmers and age 15 or older. While appropriate for all levels of kayak skill, this trip is physically demanding. The starting location and other relevant details for all will be emailed to registrants the day before the event at the address provided upon registration.

Equipment policy: For each guest, we provide a sit-on-top kayak, paddle, and personal floatation device (a.k.a., PFD or “life-jacket”). You are also welcome to bring your own equipment. If you’d like to do so, please purchase your reservation and then email us at with a brief description of the equipment you’d like to bring (e.g., 14’ sit-in kayak, paddle, PFD). Use of personal equipment is contingent on approval by Trustees staff and signing of liability waiver.

Weather cancellation policy: All trips will take place rain or shine with the following exceptions: If there is a high confidence that thunder and lightning will be present, we may cancel a trip up to one hour in advance. If the forecast is for steady and heavy rain all day, we may decide to cancel within 24 hours of the event. If either of these happens, all registrants will be notified by email with as much notice as possible and receive a full refund.

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