POPPONESSET BAY

Popponesset Bay is a great place to kayak because it has lots of places to paddle.  From the open water of the bay which brings you to a beautiful beach, to the nearly pristine setting of the Mashpee River to paddling along Popponesst Creek and seeing how the other half live.

OVERVIEW

Popponesset Bay is a great place to Paddle.  Like most places on Cape Cod, the best time to go is in the late summer/early fall so that there is a minimum of motorized boat traffic.  Although during the season, the boat traffic is only an issue in the central portion of the Bay.  Stick closer to the shoreline and you should have no problems.  There is a lot of area to cover so pack a lunch and plan on spending a day on the water.  But beware, seeing it all in one trip will be a challenge.

PUTTING IN AND PARKING

Putting in for Washburn Island could not be much easier. There is a public boat ramp at the end of Whites Landing Road in Falmouth, which is off Rout 28.

You will have to put your kayak in at the boat ramp and park your car in the dirt lot at the intersection of Whites Landing Road and Route 28. There will be plenty of parking during the week in the Fall but I am not sure of weekends or during the season.

ABOUT POPPONESSET BAY

Popponesset Bay System is a group of bays located with the Towns of Mashpee and Barnstable and empties into Nantucket Sound. The Bay is separated from Nantucket Sound by barrier beach known as the Spit. The Spit has experience a significant loss of sand during the last 50 years or so and, like other areas of the Cape, is suffering from a lack natural replenishment due to development along the shoreline. As a result, a group called Save Popponesset Bay was founded in 1987 and is an “all-volunteer organization that works diligently to ensure that the Popponesset Spit and Bay remain intact for our children and their children to enjoy long into the future.” If you are interested, you can get more information by clicking the link below.

WHERE TO EXPLORE

MASHPEE RIVER

The Mashpee River is a beautiful place to spend some quiet time.  With the exception of the southern end where it flows into the Bay, the river is undeveloped.  The land on both sides is conservation land and the wildlife is abundant.  Just watch the tides.  The river is best paddled in of the rising tide and out on the drop.

POPPONESSET CREEK

The Mashpee River is a beautiful place to spend some quiet time.  With the exception of the southern end where it flows into the Bay, the river is undeveloped.  The land on both sides is conservation land and the wildlife is abundant.  Just watch the tides.  The river is best paddled in of the rising tide and out on the drop.

NORTHERN REACH

The Mashpee River is a beautiful place to spend some quiet time.  With the exception of the southern end where it flows into the Bay, the river is undeveloped.  The land on both sides is conservation land and the wildlife is abundant.  Just watch the tides.  The river is best paddled in of the rising tide and out on the drop.

RECENT PADDLE

The Mashpee River is a beautiful place to spend some quiet time.  With the exception of the southern end where it flows into the Bay, the river is undeveloped.  The land on both sides is conservation land and the wildlife is abundant.  Just watch the tides.  The river is best paddled in of the rising tide and out on the drop.

BOTTOM LINE

This is one of the nicest places to paddle for a full day and it is not a “one and done” paddle either.  If you see everything in one day, you paddled too fast and missed a lot.  This is a great place to paddle two or three times a year and not get bored.  During the week in the fall off-season is best because there will be less power boating going on but the summer is still great.  Just be careful because Washburn Island is a very popular day boating destination and not everyone is looking for or respecting the paddler.