Wednesday, July 28, 2021

CranePaddle: Sunset Kayak in the Crane Wildlife Re...

Kayaking Toward Choate Island at Sunset

About CranePaddle: Sunset Kayak in the Crane Wildlife Refuge

There are few places on the North Shore that more reliably enjoy spectacular sunsets than the back side of Crane Beach, overlooking Essex Bay.

On this kayak outing into the heart of the Essex River basin, we will be paddling in the protected waters of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, one of the most scenic sections of the Great Marsh—the largest contiguous salt marsh in New England. We’ll either paddle around Choate Island with a landing on Long Island, or down the Castle Neck River, landing on Castle Neck (varies based on wind/tide conditions on the day of the event). Along the way, we’ll observe the wide variety of wildlife found in the marsh, including egrets, herons, and other shore-birds. You can count on making an amazing connection with nature and creating enduring memories as we paddle home into the setting sun.

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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