Lisa Berry Engler
Metro Boston Regional Coordinator, Massachusetts Bays Program (MassBays)
This is the second post in a series about the Great Marsh. Be sure to check back to learn more about how you can enjoy and protect this wonderful and critical resource on the North Shore!
If you’re looking for a peaceful outdoor activity for this weekend, think about cruising around the North Shore’s Great Marsh by water. Moving soundlessly through the endless tidal creeks of the Great Marsh by way of canoe or kayak will allow you a novel perspective of the striking ecosystem and the wildlife that lives there. To lead you on this nature cruise is an online guidebook called the Kayaker's Guide to the Great Marsh. This resource is ideal for kayakers who are itching for a new place to explore, a new way to view Great Marsh bird life, or just a soothing place to spend some time.
The Kayaker’s Guide identifies water trails and water access points along the major rivers and creeks within the 25,000 acres of the Great Marsh. It also includes places of historical, cultural, and recreational interest if you want to put up your paddle for a little while during your excursion. Information in the guide is detailed and exhaustive, including: photographs of access sites, parking areas, water trails, scenic vistas, and other important features; road maps indicating put-in locations; general information on the boating hazards that may be encountered at the access point or on a water trail; vehicle parking availability; site access conditions; best access sites for individual water trails; web links; and more. The Kayaker’s Guide to the Great Marsh was developed by the Eight Towns and the Bay Committee and the Massachusetts Bays Program with support from many local and state partners.