Lieutenant's Island and Wellfleet Harbor
This trip is a longer variation of the Lieutenant’s Island circuit trip described earlier. After circumnavigating Lieutenant’s Island, the trip proceeds into Wellfleet Harbor and return. Either trip can begin either on Lieutenant’s Island or from the town landing at the end of Old Wharf Road. The trip needs mid to high tide at the start to get through Loagy Bay and around Lieutenant’s Island.
Directions to the Launch: From Rt. 6, about .2 miles north of the traffic signal at Marconi Station Rd., turn southwest onto Old Wharf Rd. Follow Old Wharf Road 1 mile to the town landing.
From the launch point at Old Wharf Road, turn left and head south across the mouth of Blackfish Creek, past Fox Island on the left, and enter Loagy Bay. Navigate towards the bridge on Lieutenant Island Road.
After passing under the bridge, look for an entrance to the marsh on your right about .1 miles after the bridge. Turn into the marsh and paddle up the channel, swinging to your left after about ¼ mile. Continue south through the marsh to the bay.
At the lowest tide, the marsh channel does not have enough water, so go the long way round by continuing straight ahead after the bridge. At the highest tide the entire marsh is under water, and you can simply paddle over the marsh.
Continuing clockwise around the Island, pass the osprey nest on the right. If the tide is not too high a large rock sticks up out of the water on your left. Continue around the island, past houses high on a bluff with stone revetments, until Indian Neck comes into view.
Continue along Indian Neck for about 1 mile, past the town beach and the breakwater that forms the entrance to the inner harbor. Turn left, cross the channel, and head for the town pier.
Upon reaching Wellfleet harbor, there is the requisite stop at Mac's Seafood for ice cream. Then re-cross the harbor, round the point at the end of Indian Neck, and return along Indian Neck to the launch point