Pamet River, Truro
This is a trip for the off season, when the town of Truro does not try to collect the unreasonable sum of $10.00 to launch a kayak from the town landing.
Directions to the Launch: From Rt. 6 northbound in Truro, take the exit signed for Pamet Roads and Truro Center. After exiting, you come to a junction signed for North and South Pamet roads. Turn right, go several hundred feet, and turn right onto South Pamet Rd., which goes under Rt. 6. After 0.1 m you come to Castle Rd. Turn left, go about 100 feet and veer right onto Depot Rd. After 0.5 m the road forks and you stay right toward Pamet Harbor. At 1.3 m you come to the harbor parking area and twin boat ramps.
Paddle is about 5 miles. After launching, turn right, paddle past the parking area, turn right and enter the Pamet River. Paddle upstream, following the river as it wanders back and forth across the marsh. Proceed towards Rt. 6, turning around when the passage becomes too narrow. Proceed downstream back to Pamet Harbor.
On returning to the harbor, you can bear right into the Little Pamet River tidal flat if the tide is high enough. Otherwise, paddle due west to Harbor Bar and a landing spot where the inlet from Cape Cod Bay enters the harbor at the foot of the north jetty. This is also a great spot for lunch or a walk along the beach. Paddling out into Cape Cod Bay is only advisable at when the tide is not running out strongly, as currents in the harbor channel will be difficult to paddle against. Return to the launch site, paddling east across Pamet Harbor.