In Spring of 2016 an undersized culvert connecting the waters of Pleasant Bay to the Muddy Creek estuary beneath Route 28 at the Harwich-Chatham border was replaced with a bridge to improve tidal exchange between the two waterbodies. This rejoining of tidal habitat has facilitated improvement of water quality, restoration of salt marsh vegetation, decreased extent of invasive species, and provided benefits to both aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. Thanks to this restoration project, the Muddy Creek branch of the Pleasant Bay estuary is now accessible to kayakers and we intend to enjoy and make use of this great recreational and educational opportunity!
Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) staff will lead this kayak tour of the Muddy Creek estuary to discuss the ecological benefits and observe the visible effects of this recently completed tidal restoration project.
We will meet and park at Pleasant Bay Community Boating (PBCB), 2287 Route 28, Harwich, MA 02645. Please arrive at PBCB by 1:30pm ready to go, dressed appropriately for water sports for September on Cape Cod with proper sun protection and footwear for water. Upon arriving at the PBCB parking area, we will meet and condense ourselves into fewer cars for the drive over to Jackknife Beach where parking is limited. Bring snacks and any other waterproofed necessities to sustain you for a 2 to 3-hour outing. Please check the weather forecast before leaving home to be sure you are dressed appropriately.
The tour will begin at Jackknife Beach on the southern shore of Big Pleasant Bay where tour leaders will discuss basic sea kayaking technique and trip logistics. Once on the water we will paddle beneath the Route 28 bridge into the Muddy Creek estuary. As we paddle we will discuss the restoration project and will observe the effects it is having on the aquatic and adjacent wetland and upland habitat. The tour will take us to the far reaches of Muddy Creek as we look for wildlife and observe the beautiful natural surroundings before reversing direction and concluding back at Jackknife Beach. Due to the strong currents that run beneath the bridge we will plan the timing of the trip so we can paddle through the bridge with the tide in our favor in both directions.
If you have your own kayak and would like to use it instead of the rental kayaks from PBCB, you are welcome to but the tour cost will remain the same.