The River & Sampson Island, Little Pleasant Bay, Orleans
This trip should be done at mid tide or higher. If the winds are strong consider another trip unless you have spray skirts.
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). After 0.5 m turn right onto River Road (across from the cemetery) and drive 0.4 m to the town landing. Parking is primarily on the street, since the very small paved area at the landing is a turnaround for boat trailers.
This trip is about 6.5 miles in length. Launch from the landing and you will be on “The River”. Paddle downriver, through Frostfish Cove, ultimately reaching Old Field Point on the left, beyond which is Little Pleasant Bay. (Beware of rocks around the Point.)
Ahead across the bay are Sampson and Hog Islands. Pass red nun “52” to your right, and then paddle due south toward the northwest tip of Hog Island. This is Money Head, where Captain Kidd supposedly buried treasure. Passing Money Head to your right, paddle east through Hog Island Creek between the two islands. Then swing north into Broad Creek, with Sampson Island on your left and the back side of Nauset Beach on your right. After rounding the northern tip of Sampson Island, stop for lunch on the sandy shore. After lunch, paddle west toward red nun “54”. Once clear of Old Field Point, turn northwest parallel to the channel and then back up The River to the launch.