Still Time for Kayaking and Paddleboarding on Cape Cod

HYANNIS – Summer is not over yet, and anyone interested in exploring the dynamic Cape Cod ecosystems on a kayak can do so with a tour with Long Pasture in Barnstable.

Trips focus on everything from shorebird ecology and horseshoe crabs to ship building and oyster growing.

Some tours include a climb up the privately owned Sandy Neck lighthouse for unique views of Barnstable Harbor.

On certain days, Long Pasture runs “full moon” kayak paddles to experience the marsh and its nocturnal inhabitants at night.

Interested locals can also check out Scargo Lake, a natural freshwater kettle-hole pond with limited wind and wave activity, during weekly stand up paddleboard programs.

While there are no put-ins or paddling at Wellfleet Bay in South Wellfleet, the sanctuary leads dozens of kayaking programs each year, some for beginners, and other more challenging, to several popular sites nearby, including Great Island, Nauset Marsh, and Upper Pleasant Bay.

Residents can explore barrier beach and island systems, salt marshes, estuaries, and glacial bluffs as you look for American Oystercatchers and other shorebirds, nesting Ospreys, herons and egrets, and even feeding Gray Seals.

Guided tours are also offered of Sengekontacket Pond on Martha’s Vineyard by kayak or stand up paddleboard with Felix Neck in Edgartown.

Look for all manner of marine life and birds such as herons, egrets, American Oystercatchers, Ospreys, and more.

An experienced guide will reveal the unique aspects of saltwater communities on Martha’s Vineyard and explain the careful balance that exists between the inhabitants and their environment.

For a fun challenge, try a self-guided kayak and stand up paddleboard quest, where you’ll follow rhyming clues in a treasure hunt to uncover the story of the pond’s people, places, and wildlife.

About Luke Leitner

Luke Leitner grew up in Watertown Massachusetts and now lives in West Yarmouth on the Cape. He has been a part of the news team in the News Center since the spring of 2019. He studied business communications at Western New England University.
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