Meeting House Road, The River, Little Pleasant Bay, Orleans
This trip should be done at mid tide or higher. If the winds are strong, proceed down the river exploring the side trips to the ponds. If it is calmer, you can go directly to Little Pleasant Bay and perhaps on to Sampson and Hog Islands (See the trip to Sampson Island. The islands should only be done when the tide is high and the wind is calm.)
Directions to the Launch: From Rt. 6 in Wellfleet, proceed to the Orleans Rotary and take Rt 6a/Rt 28 (third right). Follow Rt 28, turning left where it forks off Rt 6a. Turn right onto Main St (first traffic light) and go 1.5mi. Bear right onto Barley Neck road .5 mi, then turn righ t onto Bayberry Way to the town landing.
From the launching point at the town landing, head left towards the outlet of Meeting House Pond about ½ mile. This is the start of “The River”. Paddle about a half-mile downriver to a marsh inlet on the left known as Lucy’s Slough.
After ¾ mil e, there is an inlet on the right to Kescayo Gansett Pond. This is a 1 mile round trip side trip if you are interested. Continuing downriver another ¾ mile you pass another inlet on the right which is the Namequoit River and the entry to Arey’s Pond. A round trip into Arey’s Pond would add about two miles.
Continue paddling downriver about ½ mile and you reach Namequoit Point on the right, beyond which is Little Pleasant Bay; Sampson and Hog Islands are just across the bay.