Salem Sound has so many little, rocky islands that dot its interior. These islands and shoals are what made historic maritime shipping so risky, but make paddling today so great! Between the closest island to Beverly, Great Haste, and the furthest, Halfway Rock, there lie at least a half dozen more islands.
During this four hour paddle, depending on conditions, we may stop on Great Haste, Aaron's favorite island and a great place to scout the rest of the islands. From there, depending on conditions, we'll head South East past Coney Island and Grey's Rock toward Marblehead, or North East toward Beverly Farms, skirting Eagle Island and within sight of the Gooseberries. If conditions are right, we'll paddle out to Misery Island and land for a little walking tour of the island!
Since this is an extended trip across open water, paddlers must have experience paddling in bumpy conditions at a consistent pace. As a benchmark, we suggest paddlers be able to paddle with an average pace of 3mph for an extended period of time. We will be paddling a minimum of 4 miles and if conditions are favorable may paddle as many as 8.