Boston Kayaker

Kayaking on Parker River - in Newbury MA

Rating: One-and-a-Half Stars - We paddled about 1 hour before high tide and we paddled inland with the rising tide. As things go, I did not have a printed map of the route as I usually do. But the timing of our launch was perfect. 12:15pm we launched. High-tide at Plum Island Sound is 1:05pm. So we paddled upriver while the tide was rising and returned with the receding tide. We went left of fork (the fork west of the railbridge) and then returned. The scenery here is marsh grass. Paddle time was 1 hour 50 minutes.

  Put in at Route 1A
  in Newbury MA.
Newbury Kayak & Canoe
  - pay parking / launch fee
Paddle up on Parker
  River and return.
Estimated round trip
  distance = 6.5 miles
Best to start trip 1 hour+
  before high tide.
Town ramp -
  residents only

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

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Kayaking on Parker River - in Newbury MA

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On High Road / Route 1A in Newbury MA at the Newbury Kayak Canoe shop.
Trip date is September 2019. We paid a parking fee to launch from the Newbury Kayak Canoe shop.
Pictures above of kayak shop taken earlier January 2017.

At the banks of the Parker River.

Today's kayak buddy is the Boston Kayaker's wife.

The Boston Kayaker just launched on the Parker River.

Good weather. Temperature very comfortable low 80sF.

From the launch, we turned left upriver.

The Route 1A bridge over the Parker River in Newbury MA.

East of the bridge is a marina.

From my camera looking back at my wife.

Continuing upriver past the marina.

A boathouse anchored on Parker River.
This one has a rooftop for partying!

Train running over the railbridge.

Passing under the railbridge.

A powered boat coming from the right fork.

We continued on the left fork.

River-front house.

At this point, I got tired and decided to turn around to paddle back.

Just turned around, telling my wife to also turn around for our return.

Another kayaker!

The railbridge.

We are staying to the sides away from these motorized traffic.

Anchored boathouses on Parker River.

We can now see the marina.

The gas station on the marina.

Passing under Route 1A bridge.

Approaching our takeout.

Landed. Paddle time is 1 hour and 50 minutes.