Boston Kayaker

Kayaking on North River - from Pembroke MA to Marshfield MA

Rating: One-and-a-Half Stars - For the first two-thirds of the trip, the river shorelines are monotonously marshy grass. Last third of the trip, trees and houses became visible. The Blueberry Island has a fire pit for camp files. Couch Beach will be a good place to take a break.

  Put in at Brick Kiln Lane
  in Pembroke MA.
Take out before Union Street
  bridge in Marshfield MA.
Estimated distance
  = 6 miles
River unpredictable
  past this point!
  Best to start 1 to 2 hours after
  high tide at Damon Point.
Alternate put in at Indian Head
  Lane in Hanover MA.

Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to determine the legality, suitability and safety of this route for yourself.

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Kayaking on North River - from Pembroke MA to Marshfield MA

Other resources:
US Harbors: North River Tides at Damon Point (add 2 hours to get high tide at Pembroke launch)
Wild Turkey Paddlers: North River
The North and South Rivers Watershed Association
The North and South Rivers Watershed Association: Paddling on the Rivers
The North and South Rivers Watershed Association: Canoe and Kayak Guide
The North and South Rivers Watershed Association: Canoe and Kayak Guide (cached copy)
REI Guidepost: North River Water Country - North River Trip blog North River Trip Report

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Warning below from The North and South Rivers Watershed Association:
  CAUTION!! Canoeing and kayaking downstream from Damons Point or outside the Herring River can be
  EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. The currents at the Mouth of the North and South Rivers are deceptively
  swift and unpredictable--over 15 lives have been lost over the past 20 years!

The unnamed dirt road to the North River launch off Birch Kiln Lane in Pembroke MA.
This particular picture taken earlier in August 2011 when we scouted this river.

At the put in to the North River off Birch Kiln Lane in Pembroke.
Trip date is September 2013.

The Boston Kayaker on the banks of North River.
According to the tide charts, high tide at Damon Point today is at 8:35am.
I launched at about 11:15am and the North River is receding and flowing nicely.

Launching . . .

Just launched on the North River.

The North River has a lot of this inlets from the sides. I am guessing these are "private" inlets, when followed will lead to people's river front backyards.

Another inlet on my left. There will be many of these and I stopped taking pictures of the inlets.

Bending to the left.

Bending to the right.

Route 3 bridge coming up.

A couple of kayakers resting on a dock. Had a funny conversation with this couple.
After the pleasantries, the conversation went like this:
Boston Kayaker: Is that a public dock?
Couple: No. Private.
Boston Kayaker: Yours?
Couple: No! (shaking their heads)
Boston Kayaker: Well its yours for now! (laughter all around)

The landing to the Blueberry Island.

Camp fire at Blueberry Island.

Back on the waters of North River.

Couch beach.

Children bathing at Couch Beach.

A duck circling above the North River.

Wake from the boat.

Riffles ahead . . .

Union Street bridge comes into view.

Picture taken by my son from the Union Street bridge.

There is a boat ramp on the north/east side of the bridge in Norwell MA.

Use of boat ramp is restricted to the unneighborly residents of Norwell MA. :(
This is why this boat ramp is not marked in the map above.