Portsmouth NH info

We are going to be visiting Portsmouth NH for a few days in July. Looking for local knowledge of kayak put ins. We will be in sea kayaks. Any putin/take outs that can be used at low and high tides? Any interesting places to paddle?

Google Isle of Shoals kayaking
Not a trip for the inexperienced. Odiorne State Park is the closest mainland launch but may not be free.

I have not done it.

York Harbor has a boat launch and you can paddle out to Boone Island

I would not launch on the Piscataqua River. Its got treacherous eddies whirlpools and boils.

30 min. inland is Pawtuckaway State Park
Not sure if you want adventure or quiet paddling. We have been going to Pawtuckaway at the end of the summer for the past 5 years. There is a launch at the north end of the lake (off Deerfield Road). I think there is a self-pay station there. Also one can enter through the main park entrance. I’m unsure about the entry fee there since it may include a park fee. From this main entrance there is access to a beach area/restroom/snack bar.


Also fishing (need NH freshwater license).

If you want more info, send me an email.


Northern Virginia

Odiome State Park
There is a public boat ramp where Rt 1A crosses the inlet at the west end of Odiome. That gives you access to the inner harbor and behind Newcastle Island.

There was no charge when I was there last summer but the parking lot does get crowded.

The inlet is a nice tidal river that’s a good explore at mid to high tide.

Gerrish Island
Circumnavigating Gerrish Island can be fun, but once you’re out there you have no bail outs or landing spots. You also paddle through Brave boat harbor, which is aptly named since the shoals at the entrance can kick up some big waves,

Seacoast Public Access
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