Boston Kayaker

Kayaking on Sippican and Weweantic Rivers - in Wareham MA

Rating: Two-and-a-Half Stars - This route was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting to see only estuary marsh grass. When we paddled up west of I-195, the Sippican became a very small and narrow river. About as wide as our paddles, the Sippican has lots of trees to paddle around and branches to lift over which made the trip more interesting. I was hoping to get as far as the dam on Hathaway Pond but the bushes became very thick and no clear path. Paddle time is 2 hours and 20 minutes.

  Put in at I-195 rest area
  ramp in Wareham MA.
Paddle south on Weweantic
  then west into Sippican.
Paddle up on Sippican
  River and return.
Estimated round trip
  distance = 5 miles
Best to start paddle 1 hour+
  before high tide.

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

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At the eastbound I-195 Rest Area in Wareham MA.
A sign directs you to the boat ramp.
Trip date is July 2017.

The boat ramp into Weweantic River (and Sippican).

The Boston Kayaker and wife just launched into Weweantic River from the I-195 rest area in Wareham MA.
It is about 50 minutes before high tide.

Looking back at the ramp we just launched from. Today's weather is kayak perfect!

From the ramp, we veered to the right (south).

A few minutes of paddling and Wareham Marina is on right.

Wareham Marina.

A boat named "Shooting Star".

Soon after, Route 6 bridges become visible.

A motorized boat pulling a kid.

Water-front houses on our right.

On our left, the Route 6 bridges over the Weweantic River.
We are keeping to the right to get to the mouth of the Sippican River.

A blue heron on the banks of Weweantic.

Now at the mouth of the Sippican River where it meets the Weweantic.

Veered right and into the Sippican River.

On our right is the Cohacket Brook. In the background are the I-195 bridges over the Cohacket Brook.
The I-195 bridges over the Sippican is farther south . . .

A blue heron in flight over the Sippican River.

River bending to the right.

A cormorant taking off for flight on the Sippican.

We can see now the I-195 bridge. And the cormorant in the middle of the water.

The cormorant on the water is like a submarine with the whole body under the water and the neck sticking out like a periscope.

Paddling under the I-195 east-bound bridge over the Sippican River.

Must be an old bridge . . .

The Sippican River here is narrow and not estuary-like.

Passing under a tree.

Country Road Bridge ahead.

We just have to hold these branches over our heads.

There is actually an opening on the left around this tree.

A giant rock on the Sippican River.

This is as far we can go upstream. No clear path.
We can possibly attemp to break through that brush . . . but naaah!

A red flower on the left marks our point of return.

Just turned around (was a 7-point turn on this narrow river).

Now paddling back with the flow on the Sippican River.

Under the Country Road bridge.

The Boston Kayaker on the back of the tandem kayak over the Sippican River.

Approaching the I-195 bridges.

Now east of the I-195, Sippican River is wide and lined with marsh grass on both sides.

A blue heron on a tree.

We can see the Route 6 bridges and the mouth of the Sippican.

We are now at the mouth of the Sippican where it joins the Weweantic.

Veered left northwards.

A couple on a sailboat on the Weweantic River.

The Wareham Marina on left.

The eastern shore of Weweantic.

Approaching the ramp.

Landed. Paddle time is 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Funny these people (I think they are Chinese tourist). They using whole chicken legs and wings for bait.