Seal Paddles - 2021       

Presented in partnership with the Seacoast Science Center's Marine Mammal Rescue

Experience a truly unique paddle!

2021 Spring Schedule

      Date     Paddle Time Low Tide
May 1 (Saturday)
May 2 (Sunday)
8:30 am - 11:30 am
9:30 am - 12:30pm
10:05 am
11:02 am
May 8 (Saturday) 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm 4:37 pm
May 9 (Sunday) 3:45 pm - 7:45pm 5:21 pm
May 16 (Sunday) 8:30 am - 11:30 am 9:57 am
May 22 (Saturday) 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm 3:07 pm
May 23 (Sunday) 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 3:57 pm
May 30 (Sunday) 8:15 am - 11:15 am 9:46 am
June 5 (Saturday)  1:45 pm - 4:45 pm 3:13 pm
For summer time seal sightings check out our Isles of Shoals expeditions (click here)
2021 Fall Schedule

           Date     Paddle Time Low Tide
September 18 (Saturday)
September 21 (Tuesday)
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
4:31 pm
7:00 pm
September 25 (Saturday)
September 26 (Sunday)
8:00 am - 11:00 am
8:30 am - 11:30 am
9:22 am
10:04 am
October 2 (Saturday)
October 3 (Sunday)
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
2:45 pm - 5:45 pm
3:25 pm
4:16 pm
October 10 (Sunday) 7:45 am - 10:45 am 9:13 am
October 16 (Saturday)
Octtober 17 (Sunday)
1:45 pm - 4:45 pm
2:45 pm - 5:45 pm
3:19 pm
4:16 pm
October 24 (Sunday) 7:15 am - 10:15 am: 8:50 am


Private Tours can be arranged on the same dates as above or on other dates. Please call to discuss.

The Tour : We'll start our adventure from downtown Newburyport and paddle down river on the outgoing tide to Badger's Rocks where dozens of seals typically gather to rest. At Badger's Rock we may encounter Harbor seals and Grey seals sunning themselves or bobbing in the water. On the way, we may see seals and various birds such as cormorants, terns, sandpipers, turkey vultures, ospreys, and maybe even a bald eagle!

As with the attempted viewing of all wildlife, sightings can never be guaranteed. Although numerous seals are frequently encountered, we can not guarantee that we will see seals of any amount or of any specific type.

After a brief stop for a stretch and a light snack, the river will "turn" and we'll ride the incoming tide back to Newburyport.

How to Prepare: We recommend sunglasses, a hat with a visor, sunscreen, paddle gloves, a windbreaker and (incase you get wet) a change of cloths. Your feet will probably get wet ... water shoes or water boots are most comfortable. Please do not wear flip-flops. Dry bags, zip-lock bags or plastic trash bags are great to keep your "extras" dry. Snacks and a thermos of something warm to drink are also recommended. Don't worry more is better - all boats are touring kayaks with plenty of space for storage.

In the spring, the water is still very cold, so cold water gear is recommended but not mandatory. Light layered synthetic clothing is the next best thing.

Don't forget your camera! (also)

Please Note: Because of cold water,on all paddles before May 15th only tandems are allowed, i.e., double person kayaks

Tandems are always recommended for beginners. Tandem kayaks offer more stability for viewing the seals and are a much better choice (over a single kayak) on a windy day.

As with all tours, please arrive at least 1/2 hour before the scheduled departure time, i.e., enough time to sign in, get suited, and fitted for your boat.

These trips are timed specifically to work with the tides, so please be punctual .... we can not wait for late comers !

Single Kayak: $65

Double Kayak: $120

Tips are not included but are always greatly appreciated !