Plum Island Kayak - Newburyport, MA

Seal Paddles - 2016 Schedule

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2016 Spring Schedule - Seal Paddles
Paddle Time
Low Tide
Apr 30 (Saturday)
11:30 pm - 2:30pm
12:56 pm
May 1 (Sunday)
12:30 pm - 3:30pm
1:54 pm
May 14 (Saturday)
12:15 pm - 3:15 pm
1:43 pm

May 15 (Sunday)

1:15 pm - 4:15 pm
2:40 p m
May 28 (Saturday)
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
11:36 am
May 29 (Sunday)
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
12:29 pm
June 4 (Saturday)
4:45 pm - 7:45 pm

6:11 pm

Private Tours can be arranged on the same dates as above or on other dates. Please call to discuss.

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Paddle Time
Low Tide

Sep 17, 2016
Full Moon and Sunset Paddle too!

5:45 pm - 8:45 pm

7:16 pm

Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 11:45 am - 2:24 pm 1:17 pm
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 11:39 am
Sunday, OCT 9, 2016 11:00 am - 2:00 pm 12:32 pm
Saturday, Oct 22, 1016 10:30 am - 1:30 pm 11:54 am
Sunday, Oct 23, 2016 11:30 am - 2:30 pm 1:02 pm

2016 Fall Schedule - Seal Paddles

Private Tours can be arranged on the same dates as above or on most other dates during the season.
Please call to discuss.


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Launch from downtown Newburyport and paddle down river on the outgoing tide to Badger's Rocks where the seals gather. We may encounter harbor seals and grey seals sunning themselves or bobbing in the water. On the way, we will also see a variety of birds such as cormorants, terns, sandpipers, turkey vultures, ospreys, and maybe even a bald eagle! After a stop for a stretch and a light snack, the river will turn and we'll ride the incoming tide back to town.

As with the pursuit and watching of all wildlife, sightings can never be guaranteed. Although numerous seals are usually sighted, we can not and do not guarantee that we will encounter seals of any amount or of any specific type.

In the spring, the water is still very cold so cold water gear is recommended... but not manditory. Light layered synthetic clothing is the next best thing. Please bring a bottle of water and a change of clothes. We also recommend sunglasses, hat with visor, sunscreen, paddle gloves and a windbreaker. Dry bags or plastic bags are great to keep your "extras" dry. Don't worry, all boats are touring kayaks with plenty of storage space. Water shoes or water boots are most comfortable. Please do not wear flip-flops.

Please Note: Because of cold water,on all paddles before May 15th only tandems are allowed, i.e., double person kayaks

Tandems are recomended for beginners. Tandem kayaks offer more stability for viewing the seals and are a better choice (over a single kayak) on a windy day.

As with all tours, please arrive at least ½ hour before the scheduled departure time, i.e., enough time to sign in, get suited, and fitted for your boat.

These trips are timed specifically to work with the tides, so please be punctual .... we can not wait for late comers !


Fee: Single $60 / Double $55/person / Tag-Along (same rate)


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