Great Island from Wellfleet Harbor
This trip follows the western side of Wellfleet harbor which is usually sheltered from the southwest winds prevailing in the summer. However, be aware of the forecast wind direction and velocity.
Directions to the Launch: From Rt.6 in Wellfleet turn at the traffic light to Wellfleet Center and Harbor. Take Main St. 0.3 m and turn left to E. Commercial St. Follow Commercial St to the town harbor. Turn right onto Kendrick Ave. and turn into the Mayo Beach parking area on the left across from the Bookstore Restaurant. Park at the end of the parking area nearest the town pier; take the path to the beach and launch outside of the roped-off swimming area.
This paddle is about 7 miles (and possibly 3 more miles, all the way to Jeremy Pt.). After launching, turn right paddling along Mayo Beach avoiding the main channel with power boats. Once out of the inner harbor continue with the beach on your right about 1 mile until you spot the Chequessett Yacht and Country club. Cross the mouth of the Herring River to the eastern tip of Great Island. Keeping Great Island on the right, follow the shoreline. You can either follow closely along the shore, visiting “middle marsh” or follow a course for the end of “second island” in the distance which is about 3 miles from the launch spot if you took the more direct route.
On your left you can see Indian Neck and Lieutenant’s Island across the outer portion of Wellfleet Harbor.
At this point you are approaching Great Beach Hill with Jeremy Point Overlook beyond. As you draw abreast of Great Beach Hill, look for a small cove, right, and then a sand spit ahead. Move well offshore to round the spit. Once past the bar, turn right and paddle into a large cove fringed with salt marsh.
One mile ahead is “false Jeremy Point”, the current end of Great Island at high tide. The cove has a sandy beach, well suited to beaching and having lunch. You can then decide whether to paddle 1 mile further south towards “false” Jeremy Pt. Another ½ mile brings you to the “true” Jeremy Point which is only visible at low tide.