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Kayaking on Mashpee River and Popponesset Bay - in Mashpee MA

Rating: One-and-a-Half Stars - Beautiful Popponesset Bay. I can still see private docks about up to half-way up on the Mashpee River. Plenty of birds and I saw one flying with a newly-catched fish on its claws. Parking for non-residents is about 12 minutes walk from the boat ramp put in.

  Put in at Mashpee Neck Road
  in Mashpee MA.
Paddle around
  Popponesset Bay.
Paddle up the Mashpee
  River and return.
Estimated round trip
  distance = 5 miles
  Best to start trip on a rising tide
  and return on a receding tide.
Mashpee River
Launch parking for residents
  only. Park up the road.
Mashpee Neck

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Other resources:
The Trustees of Reservation: Mashpee River Reservation
The Trustees of Reservation: Mashpee River Reservation Map
The Trustees of Reservation: Mashpee River Reservation Map (cached copy) Paddle Mashpee River
Cape Cod for Couples: Mashpee River
US Harbors: Popponesset Bay Tides

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At the Edward Baker Boat Ramp at Pirates Cove in Mashpee MA.
Trip date is June 2012.

Popponesset Bay from Pirate's Cove.

Just launched. Started my trip at 9am. High tide is at 10:50am.

I paddled to my right southwards.

A mutual surprise when this duck surfaced from a dive in front of me.

I paddled around past the entry to Mashpee River to see a bit more of Popponesset Bay.

A duck playfully balancing on a buoy.

Water front houses.

I am now heading back east to paddle up the Mashpee River.

Now heading up the Mashpee River.

A sailboat on Mashpee River.

You have to paddle half-way up the Mashpee River before the private docks disapper.

Not very clear on this photo, but this bird has a just-catched fish on its claws.

This bird is hovering looking for a fish.

I have reached the end of the navigable part of Mashpee River.

I just turned around and actually have to do a 5-point turn as this passageway is barely wide enough for my kayak to turn around.

Now paddling downstream on Mashpee River.

A pair of kayakers on Mashpee River.

A seagull.

Back to Popponesset Bay.

Pirate's Cove.

Walking back to my parking spot about a quarter of a mile up.