2014 Trip Schedule




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APR 9                     LONG POND   HARWICH

APR 23                   COONAMESET POND   FALMOUTH





JUNE 25                 MASHPEE - WAKEBY POND     MASHPEE

JULY 9                    BASS RIVER     DENNIS

JULY 23                  HERRING RIVER    HARWICH

AUG 6                     CHILDS RIVER - WAQUOIT BAY     FALMOUTH

AUG 20                   FOLLINS POND    DENNIS

SEPT 10                 JEHU / HAMBLIN PONDS     FALMOUTH

SEPT 24                 SANTUIT RIVER COTUIT

Contact Paul Stankus by 8 PM on Monday of the week of the trip 508-385-3772 

Details of each trip are in the book Paddling Cape Cod by Shirley and Fred Bull.

Paul will give times and meeting locations and a verbal description to anyone interested in taking part in the trip. 




QUICK LIST (trip descriptions listed below)

APRIL 19             GREAT SWAMP – South Kingston, R.I. – John DaSilva

April 26,27            WILLAMANTIC RIVER - E. Haddam, CT – Rob Gallerane

May 3               NEMASKET RIVER, Middleboro, MA – Howie Foster

May 10,11            Open (Mother’s Day)

May 17,18            Open

May 19             MONDAY            Quiniboag River – George & Margaret Estano

MAY 23/26             PEMIGEWASSET RIVER, N.H. – Rob Gallerane

May 31/Jun 1  TRIP CANCELLED           CAMPING AND PADDLING IN WAREHAM, MA.  – Howie Foster 

June 7,8,9            BATTENKILL RIVER, Arlington, VT – Joe Packard

June 14            QUABOAG RIVER, Central MA – Nancy Pierson

June 21            ESSEX RIVER, Essex, MA – Chris Febiger

June 28,29            Open

July 5,6            Open

July 12,13            Open

July 19             NARRAGANSETT BAY, R.I. & POOL PARTY – John DaSilva

July 27             NORTH RIVER, Marshfield / Hanover, MA – George Estano

Aug 2,3            Open

Aug 8/17             JACQUES-CARTIER NATIONAL PARK, Quebec, Canada – DaSilva

Aug 21,24            ANDROSCOGGIN – Bethel, ME – George Estano

Aug 24/Sep 1             DEAD RIVER - Cathedral Pines Campgrounds, Eustis, ME – George Estano

Sep 6-7                        Open

Sep 13,14            Open

Sep 20,21            Open

Sept 27                        WEST RIVER, Jamaica, VT – Chris Zaremba

Oct 4,5             Open

Oct 10/13            CONNETICUT RIVER, Wilgus St. Park, Wilgus, VT – George Estano

Oct 18,19            Open

Oct 25,26            Open

Nov 1               IPSWICH RIVER, Topsfield, MA – Dave Beck

Nov 15              END OF SEASON MEETING – Abington Grange Hall, Abington, MA

Jan 17, 2015              ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING & ELECTION- Norwell Grange Hall, Norwell, MA  




With each trip listing there is a notation for the type of water that is expected:

F=flat; Q=quick; and 1, 2, 3 = Class 1, 2, & 3 rapids

C = Camping

River Classification Guide

Trips are listed with the types of river conditions you can expect. The bold initial indicates the predominant class of water based on the International Scale of Difficulty as defined by the A.M.C.

Tidal (may be subject to open winds and currents may be strong)

P  Portage

F  Flatwater

Q  Quick

1=Class1  rapids

2=Class2 rapids

3=Class3 rapids

4=class4 rapids


SPECIAL NOTE:  Howie Foster paddles the Weweantic River (week days, weekends, whatever) several dozen times a year, possibly daily, weather permitting.  Any club member is invited to call Howie at 508-308-1753 any evening to join him in paddling this charming river.


We are looking for additional trips and new trip leaders.

If there is a trip that you would like to paddle as a leader, pick any date marked “OPEN”, email your float/shuttle plan to the membership at wampypaddlers@yahoogroups.com remember to include your contact information so that members who want to paddle with you can contact you for more details.  For Trip Leaders Responsibilities and Trip Planning Guide please refer to: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Wampypaddlers/files .  If this is your first time leading a trip, and you would like to have an experienced leader co-lead the trip with you, say so in your email, ask for a member to co-lead with you.


April 19            GREAT SWAMP – South Kingston, R.I.

For details contact John DaSilva 401-739-4961 (cell 401-829-0753)

 (Sat)   (Great Swamp): South Kingston, RI... The Great Swamp, located in southern RI, provides perhaps the most intriguing canoe/kayak trip in the state. The trip is an excursion into hidden jungle like retreats that cannot be reached any other way. Here you will float into a vast state owned management area on one river, paddle across a shallow but wide pond, and then finish your trip on another river that snakes its way through dense vine draped vegetation. Trip length=7 miles. There is an option for a 5 1/2 mile takeout.. Meet at put in @ 10am Taylor’s landing, call for directions.


April 26, 27-             WILLIMANTIC RIVER, Tolland, CT     (Q)  

For details contact Rob Gallerane 508-340-7967

(Sat)   A fun trip on one of CT's prettiest rivers:  The paddle will be about 9 miles.  At high water levels this is a quick water trip with tight turns and a few play spots.  At low water levels, it can be scratchy. Regarding the Williamantic Paddle on April 26, camping is at the Wolf Den Campground section of Mashamoquet Brook State Park. It is walk-in camping only as that is pre-season. We are paddling the Williamantic River in Tolland,C  http://www.wolfsdencampground.com/ Please phone me by Wednesday April 23 for directions and other information.


May 3             NEMASKET RIVER, Middleboro, MA

For details contact Howie Foster 508-308-1753


May 19 – MONDAY –             QUINEBOAG RIVER

Contact at least 2 weeks before trip George & Margaret Estano 781-848-8686

The river is 4.6 miles and takes about three hours.....It will be extended by paddling the pond and lunch along the way. Put in time of 10oo hours feels about right.  We can meet at the Take out on East Brimfield lake (Rt20) leave a car there and caravan to the put in on Holland pond.  Flat water.  Bring lunch. Contact the Jich for additional details and directions.

For details see brochure at: http://www.tlgv.org/uploads/Watershed/WaterTrails/QuinebaugRiverTrailEBrimfieldLake.pdf


May 23/26              PEMIGEWASSET RIVER, Waterville Valley, NH  (F, Q, 1, Camping)   

For details contact Rob Gallerane 508-340-7967

Planning to stay at Pemi River Campground, mention you are with our Paddling Club

Thornton, NH (http://www.pemirivercampground.com).


May 31 / June 1    Weekend Campout and Paddle – Wareham, MA  (F,C)

 Contact Howie Foster  508-308-1753   howiefoster@hotmail.com

Camping at Wampy Member, Howie Foster’s home base – 18 acres with a pond, abutting a private 500-acre preserve.   Paddle trips planned for Sat., Sun. Some of these may involve ocean paddling.   



June 7,8,9      Battenkill River, Arlington, VT        (F, Q, 1 Camping)      

          Contact Trip Leader: Joe Packard       508-478-8500

(Fri – Sun.)      The Battenkill provides two days of beautiful paddling in southern Vermont plus lots to see in and do in the area. It is a fast, rocky cold-water stream.  We'll start the first day directly from the campground in Arlington and canoe down across the border into New York taking out at a covered bridge.  Sunday we'll shuttle the cars down to Rt. 22 and start back at the covered bridge.  We'll camp at "Camping on the Battenkill" in Arlington, VT  (http://www.campingonthebattenkillvt.com/; (800) 830-6663) Call early for reservation. 


June 14 – QUABOAG RIVER, Central MASS

            Trip details to follow

            Contact trip leader Nancy Pierson Lostbluehens@comcast.net 617-335-6250



June 21 – ESSEX RIVER, Essex, MA          (F) (Tidal)

Contact Trip leader:  Chris Febiger cfebiger@yahoo.com

Phone: 781 235-6112 (home), 781 697-7742 (cell)

Put in on the north end of the Essex causeway where there is a launching ramp. Parking would be several hundred yards away as resident stickers are needed to park near the ramp. The trip would go out the Essex river with the tide, go past Conomo Point where we would leave the channel and bear to port to the back side of Crane’s Beach. There w would have lunch, swim and relax. The return trip would also go with the tide around Hog Island to the Essex side of Conomo Point and back in the Essex river. Those wishing to could go for a seafood dinner at Woodman’s or Farnham’s afterwards. Paddle starts at 10:00AM. Arrive at least 1/2 hour earlier to get organized and park your vehicle.


July 19 – NARRAGANSETT BAY, R.I. / Pool Party Cook Out

Contact John DaSilva 401 829 0753 or H 401 739 4961

Paddle on the bay from Conimicut Point to Oakland Beach. Preferred watercraft will be kayaks. We will paddle by 2 lighthouses and a mansion. Explore Buck-eye Brook and stretch our legs on the new bike path along the old Rocky Point amusement park. We will all meet at my house. 47 Chelmsford Ave. Warwick RI


July 27 – NORTH RIVER – Marshfield to Hanover, MA (F,Q)

Contact Trip Leader - George Estano 781-848-8686

Sunday.  North River. Union Street to Indian Head.     Put In: Union Street Bridge in Marshfield (On the Norwell side of the bridge it is Bridge Street) Departure time is 9:30 AM; this is the fanny in the boat time not arrival time.  Please arrive by 8:30 to be included in the shuttle.    Take out:  Indian Head River launch area on Indian Head Drive off Elm St in Hanover.
Bring lunch and a camera, Shuttle service will be provided, provided I get someone to assist me.  This is a Fair Weather Trip.  If it is raining, we can go to brunch.


August 8 thru 17 - JACQUES-CARTIER NATIONAL PARK, Quebec, Canada

Contact John DaSilva 401 829 0753 or H 401 739 4961

Web site for camping reservations is: http://www.sepaq.com/pq/jac/  Reserve EARLY.

Further information to follow.


August 21/24  - ANDROSCOGGIN RIVER, Bethel, ME     (F, with some ripples, Camping)

Contact trip leader, George Estano 781-848-8686

(Sat, Sun.)    Mostly flat water with some ripples.  The trip is for the Thursday 8/213 Through Sunday 8/24. However I will be there from Wed 8/20 through Sunday 8/24
For camping reservations contact:
 Pleasant River Campground, 800 West Bethel Rd.(Rt2) Bethel Me 04217  TEL:  207 836 2000

I talked to Michelle for reservations. This place is you near the put in. I know that there is at least one other Wampy signed up, and as it is a layover for Eustis it will run. This is a nice trip to link with Cathedral Pines for a 10-day trip.  Be sure to reserve in advance to insure campsite.


August 24 / Sept 1 DEAD RIVER, Cathedral Pines, Eustis, ME   (F) Camping

Contact trip leader, George Estano 781-848-8686

(Fri.– Mon)  Our traditional Labor Day weekend camping trip and paddle in beautiful northern Maine.  One of the most beautiful campgrounds.  Blueberry picking as well as paddling. Ride your bike around the campground.  Call EARLY IN THE YEAR 207.246.3491 ASAP for camping reservations.  Go early, stay late, or go just for the weekend.          


Sept 27,28  - WEST RIVER, Jamaica, VT         (Q, 1, 2, 3, Camping)

Contact Christine Zaremba 781-544-3122 ctzaremba@gmail.com  

Sat. and Sun.)     This is the fall river release. Advance reservations needed.

                             Paddle or come and enjoy the fine scenery.                                  


October 10/13    CONNETICUT RIVER – Wilgus State Park, VT   (F, Q, Camping)

Leader George Estano 781-848-8686  

(Fri - Mon.)   Classic fall camping trip.  Great fall colors on a peaceful section of the Connecticut.  Also enjoy the yard sales and annual church dinner.  End the season with a campout with friends.  Potluck breakfast on Sunday. Call 802-674-5422 early for reservations. http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/wilgus.htm         


November 1 – IPSWICH RIVER, Halloween Costume Paddle              (F)

Contact Dave Beck - maaogis@yahoo.com 617-365-3531

(Sat)               Wear your costume for the paddle. 


Nov. 15     END OF SEASON MEETING - Yankee Swap & Potluck Dinner        

Fun and Dry- no water)

(Sat.)                        Abington Grange Building, 833 Washington St., Abington, MA

                        Happy Hour / Meet & Greet 5:30, Dinner – Yankee Swap to follow.

                        Stories (lies) about various trip escapades throughout the evening.


Jan. 17 2014 Annual BUSINESS MEETING & ELECTION - Potluck Dinner
Annual Wampanoag Paddlers Meeting WITH ELECTION will be held at the 

Norwell Grange Building
142 Main St (Route 123)
Norwell, MA 02061

Meet and Greet at 5:30
Pot Luck Dinner at 6:30
Festivities and election to follow.
Starting at Exit 13 off Mass Route 3 in Hanover, MA
Turn NORTH on Route 53 for a little over 1/4 mile.
Turn EAST (Right) on to Route 123.
Travel 0.8 miles on Rte. 123 (which becomes Main St in Norwell) to our meeting place.
You will see the sign and building in the photos attached.
The building sits well back off the roadway.
There is a driveway next to the sign
BUT continue to SOUTH ST approximately 105 feet beyond the sign.
Turn right on to South St and immediately after the building on the corner, enter the wide opening to the parking lot.

David Beck,
Mar 30, 2014, 2:40 PM