Sunday, October 8, 2023
Kayaking the pristine, sheltered waters of the Essex River Basin offers one of the top on-the-water experiences to be had in Northeast. Add to that a hike on the area’s largest island and you have the makings of an epic adventure. This combined outdoor trip in the Crane Wildlife Refuge—home to myriad birds and mammals including egrets, herons, deer, and coyote—offers an opportunity to fully experience all this beautiful area has to offer.
After launching from the historic Crane Boat Dock, we’ll paddle the placid waters of this portion of the Great Marsh—New England’s largest salt marsh. We’ll then land and stretch our legs by hiking to the highest point on Choate (formerly Hog) Island and visit the burial site for Cornelius Crane and his wife, Miné. From this hilltop, we’ll enjoy views of Ipswich Bay, the tide marsh that interconnects the varioius islands islands of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and the historic buildings that sit on them, including the c.1778 Proctor Barn, the c.1725-40 Choate House, and the White Cottage—Cornelius and Miné’s private getaway when they visited the Crane Estate.
Equipment policy: For the safety and convenience of all participants, CraneOutdoors provides lifejackets, paddles and single kayaks for all paddle events. Note: for safety reasons, tandem kayaks are not used for guided events. The use of personal kayaks is not permitted for any CraneOutdoors event. Thank you for understanding.
Program Refunds/Cancellations: In the event that a program is cancelled due to severe weather, low enrollment, or other circumstances, we will notify you as soon as possible by email and issue you a full refund within 14 days of the cancellation. If you cannot attend a program as planned, contact the Trustees property 7 days prior to the start of the program to receive a full refund or to be rebooked into a future available event. Refunds will not be granted for registration cancellations placed fewer than 7 days before the start of the program for any reason. There are no refunds for missed events or late arrivals. The Trustees reserves the right to change program locations, schedules, or instructors when necessary. Note: Summer Camps and our inns and campgrounds each have separate cancellation policies.
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.Register