Lieutenant's Island, Wellfleet
Directions to the Launch: From Rt. 6, about 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.
The trip is about five miles. This trip circumnavigates Lieutenant Island with an excursion into the waters of the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary both on the island and on the mainland. Turning left upon launching from the island’s most northerly beach, we begin a counterclockwise route around Lt. Island. About half way around, the wildlife sanctuary lands come into view on our left. At the island’s most southerly point, we paddle southeast, heading towards the Audubon Sanctuary on the mainland. After exploring these waters, we return to the channel that leads us to the wooden bridge. Passage under the bridge is fairly tight between the closely spaced pilings. We then paddle through Loagy Bay, making our way around the headland and returning to the launch point.