Lieutenant's Island, Billingsgate Island, Great Island, Wellfleet Harbor
This trip is one of the longer, but most rewarding trips in Wellfleet harbor. Since it begins with a two mile leg over open water it should be done when the winds are calm, and only by more experienced kayakers.
Directions to the Launch: From Rt. 6, abo ut 1.5 m north of the Wellfleet/Eastham line and 0.4 m south of the traffic signal at Marconi Station Rd., turn southwest onto Lt. Island Rd. At 1.1 m, you reach a single lane, arching wooden bridge, which crosses over to Lieutenant Island. After crossing the bridge, going up and down the hill, take the first dirt road on the right. Follow this road along the marsh on your right, heading towards an octagonal shaped house off in the distance, but which can be seen from the bridge. After traveling another 1.1 m from the bridge, and just past the octagonal house, you will reach a sandy parking area; the launch is from the beach at the end of a narrow path, just over the dune.
This trip is 12 miles, or six hours at a leisurely pace. Turning left upon launching from the island’s most northerly beach, we begin a counterclockwise route around Lt. Island. When reaching about ¼ of the way around the island, we head west for the nearest point of Great Island, which is Jeremy Point Overlook. It is about a two mile paddle across Wellfleet harbor to Great Island. From there, we turn left, paddling along the shore towards Billingsgate Island, which is only out of the water at low tide. Billingsgate makes a good lunch stop. After lunch, we paddle back along the shore of Great Island, and into Wellfleet harbor. Great Island provides opportunities to pull up on shore for a rest stop.
Upon reaching Wellfleet harbor, there is the requisite stop at Mac's Seafood for ice cream. Then cross the harbor, round the point at the end of Indian Neck, and return along Indian Neck to the launch point on Lieutenant's Island.
Starting the trip on an outgoing mid to low tide is recommended, so Billingsgate Island will be available for lunch. However, at higher tides it is still delightful, if somewhat shorter.