Nauset Marsh, Salt Pond, Coast Guard Station from Hemenway Rd, Eastham
Directions to the Launch: From Orleans rotary, take Rt. 6 north 1.8 m and turn right onto Hemenway Rd. After 0.3 m you will come to the parking area and the town landing.
Paddle is about 5½ miles. The trip begins by bearing left from the launch, and heading north ¾ mile to the entrance to Salt Pond Bay passing the boat house shown on the left. Paddle into Salt Pond and past the National Seashore Visitor’s Center.
Returning to the marsh, keep the shore on your left and paddle into and across Nauset Bay about 1¼ mile, towards the Nauset Coast Guard Station. The beach below the station is a good place to stop, for a swim, crossing the beach to the ocean side, lunch, etc.
After lunch, paddle south, parallel to the ocean behind the barrier beach, in one of the channels. The higher the tide, the more channels there are. If the tide is less than mid-tide and going out, retrace your steps quickly or you will be walking the last ½ mile.
Winter storms constantly reshape Nauset Marsh, and move the entrance to the marsh. Guidebooks rapidly become out of date, and most of the published maps of kayaking routes in Nauset Marsh are hopeless. Use a recent satellite photo to plan your trip. The suggested route is shown below. Beware that the entrance to the marsh from the Atlantic can have high rolling waves. Stay as far from the entrance as possible, turning left into the main channel of the marsh, paddling ½ mile and then take a channel to the south west. This connects to the main channel that flows by the Hemenway landing.