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Kayaking and Canoeing in Salem, MA

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Nick Altschuller
The burgeoning sport of stand-up paddle boarding, or SUP, is still new and somewhat peculiar to Bostonians. Which is strange, given we deem the sight of benumbed sailors tacking into a winter wind commonplace, and each October we celebrate the Head of the Charles, welcoming crew teams from around... read more

5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings

The Essex River Basin is one of the most exquisite place to paddle north of Boston. Paddlers can lose themselves (q...


This challenging paddle takes kayakers across busy Salem Sound to an island offering pleasant picnicking and explor...



Salem, MA

Salem has history, the sea and the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, beautiful architecture, a great museum (t...


Salem Sound’s main attraction is the dozen offshore rocky islands, including the beautiful Misery Islands. Also, on...


Salem Sound’s main attraction is the dozen offshore rocky islands, including the beautiful Misery Islands. Also, on...


Marblehead Harbor

Marblehead, MA

Picnic on an offshore island, paddle through historic Marblehead Harbor, and tour via seaside the mansions and yach...


We love paddling here, following the Ipswich River’s narrow twists and turns as it meanders through vast, tree-fill...


If Salem was once a prosperous world seaport, it was not due to the geography of the harbor, but to the enterprise of...


Crowninshield Island

Marblehead, MA

This intimate outcropping features a short loop trail and is ideal for families, who can reach the island by b...


Misery Islands

Beverly, MA

Take a boat to Great Misery and enjoy memorable views of Salem Sound and the North Shore.


We went to Salem Willows and launched/paddled into the Beverly Harbor directly off the beach in Salem. We headed ...


Saugus River

Saugus, MA

Beautiful afternoon on fairly calm water. At points it was like glass. Plenty of inlets as this is kind of a tida...



Nahant, MA

Fantastic day trip. Took about 4 hours, including stopping for lunch, to circumnavigate all of Nahant. Starting o...


Chebacco Lake

Essex, MA

Public boat launch with free parking on the south side of the lake. It's a busy launch for motorboats but still e...


Lake Quannapowitt

Wakefield, MA

Lake Quannapowitt is a small lake with easy access. Good for quick jaunts in the early evening, especially after ...


Park anywhere along Lynn Shore Drive, put in, then paddle North along the coastline. You'll pass Lynn, Swampscott...


5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings

Less than a mile off Rockport, Thacher, the 50-acre rockbound island marked by its twin light stone towers, has bot...


Rugged, unspoiled and off the tourist trail, Northern New England and Canada's Maritime Provinces reveal t...


Nantasket Beach is in Hull, MA on the South Shore, 45 mins south of Boston. Tends to be less crowded than The Wa...


Discovery Adventures

Gloucester, MA

Discovery Adventures offers guided sea kayaking tours and snorkeling on Ipswich bay as well as instructional...

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