Pavilion Beach (Ipswich MA) to Sandy Point (Newburyport MA) kayak trip log

23 08 2009

Paddle a lot or a little, and check out the house boats and boat scene while spending some time hanging out on Sandy Point.

When:

August 1, 2009

Launch point:

Pavilion Beach, Ipswich

Tide/Current:

Between low and high (isn’t too strong in that location)

Trip length:

About 3 hours – but it’s a very short paddle across (like 10 – 15 minutes) to Sandy Point to Pavilion Beach – then explored for about 1 hour, hung on the beach for an hour and paddled back.

Log:

We wanted a low key paddle – so we decided to take our bocce balls on board on a rec paddle from Pavilion Beach to Sandy Point at Plum Island. After leaving the beach, we headed diagonally left – north, then east to the opposite coast. There are many houseboats out there (check them out in later photos) — but notably, there’s a residential house on Plum Island that we never knew was there (because there are no other houses out there):

Dream house location - wow!

Later that week, in a wine-fueled, late-night history session with longtime Newburyport residents/real estate experts (who we’ll keep anonymous so we can do it again soon!) – we learned that houses out on Plum Island (where once were many) must stay in the original family, and once those people pass on, the houses are destroyed and the land becomes part of the Refuge. Or something like that. There are probably more details about all that, but for some reason, we don’t remember them.

Anyway, we followed a picturesque channel past that lone house. The channel was super shallow – but we’re used to that, due to our habit of paddling around low tide. Well, to be clear, our habit is more about paddling in the afternoon, so on a regular basis, that means we’re paddling at low tide.

Sing it with us: "Low tide-er don't move too fast now..." (Like Low Rider? Get it? Get it?)

Sing it with us: "Low tide-er don't move too fast now..." (Like Low Rider? Get it? Get it?)

As soon as we got into the channel, the noise of the boats in Plum Island Sound faded away and it was quiet and idyllic.

Wildlife taking refuge from annoying kayakers.

Wildlife taking refuge from annoying kayakers.

We thought we might make it through the channel to this big pond we saw on the map. The funny thing about looking at maps vs. actually going somewhere is that sometimes, bodies of water that you think might connect…don’t. And you find this:

No admittance.

No admittance.

We got out and explored a little. Here’s the pond we were trying to reach:

The pond at the south end of Plum Island.

The pond at the south end of Plum Island.

And we looked around a bit more — Patrick had some of his own ideas about where the exploring expedition should go.

Hint: Don't take listen to men wearing life jackets in fields.

Hint: Don't listen to men wearing life jackets in fields.

We found the road that leads to the house we saw. There was a sign saying “area beyond this sign closed” — but as Hannah, the daughter of a folk-music-maven, knows – we had to check the other side. Sure enough, on the other side, it didn’t say nothing.

This side was made for you and me.

This side was made for you and me. (or H & P, in this case.)

Have no fear though, law-abiding readers – our trespassing ended shortly after taking this picture. We made our way back to the kayaks and headed out.

At the end of the channel, we veered left along the shore of Sandy Point, aka boat world. Many boats were anchored, full of responsible families and groups of jolly friends who were definitely not drinking and boating. No, not them. We pulled up, unloaded our bocce balls, slathered on some Skin-So-Soft to keep away the greenhead flies (totally works), took out our very responsibly-mixed adult lemonade (with just a touch of spice), and set up camp for awhile….before beelining back across to Pavilion Beach (a short paddle, thankfully) at the end of the day.

Camp NKR (Newburyport Kayak Report) on Sandy Point. Check out the houseboats offshore, too!

Camp NKR (Newburyport Kayak Report) on Sandy Point. Check out the houseboats offshore, too!

Sandy Point essentials: Skin So Soft (for greenhead protection - it really works too!) and "lemonade" so we can keep up with the other boaters.

Sandy Point essentials: Skin So Soft (for greenhead protection - it really works too!) and "lemonade" (so we can keep up with the other boaters.)

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