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From where we put in, if arriving on an incoming tide, it might be nice to paddle under the small Washington Street bridge into the area known as Bluefish Lake. However, we were determined to make it to the beach. We had about a one mile paddle through the calm part of Duxbury Bay - past some boats moored, and some lovely homes. We rounded the peninsula known as Powder Point and this is where we hit significant chop. From here across the major portion of the bay is about another mile, not too many boats, but apparently the wind can really get kicked up in here. We made it safely to the far shore and stashed the kayaks in the brush. (About one hour of moderate paddling). This might have been a perfectly acceptable lunch spot, but I am a beach fanatic, and had to see what the beach looked like on the other side of Saquish Neck. There is a walkway across the dunes just a short distance from the end of the bridge. It was well worth the trip. The beach is just lovely, and I would love to try kayaking on the ocean side, at some point, as it was much calmer. The beach was not very crowded in the direction of the bridge side, but the far end of this Duxbury beach looks startling like an SUV dealership full of side-by-side tailgaters!
We stayed on the beach until nearly 3 p.m. (High tide was at 12:30) and then headed back across the bay. The chop was still a bit exhilarating at times, and we definitely were paddling against the wind and the current heading back. Still, we were back to the van, and had the kayaks loaded by just a bit after 4 p.m.
We are really looking forward to returning early in the morning one day this fall, to see if we can beat the wind across the bay, and tailgaters to the beach!
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles