Gerrish/Cutts Island Circumnavigation

Date and Time

Monday, November 12, 2018, 11:00AM - 3:00PM


Pepperell Cove, Kittery, Maine Town Dock,
Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast,


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader.


7th Annual Gerrish/Cutts Island Circumnavigation Tides: Low 7:55 AM Launch 11:00 AM High 2:10 PM Water Temp: 49 Degrees This is a tide dependent trip. Please try to arrive NLT 10: AM. Earlier if you need more time since parking may not be allowed across the street from the put-in. If so we will need to park at the school lot up the street. Drop your boat when you come down to the boat launch and leave all the gear you will need to paddle with your boat then proceed to the designated parking lot (we won't know until we get there which lot we can park in). Space on the dock is tight. You will need to promptly drop your boat and gear at the put-in then immediately move your car to the parking area to allow for the next vehicle to arrive. Pre-trip Safety Meeting at 10:45.Launch at 11:00 a.m. Call me at 603-400-0463 If you will not be able to make the 11:00 AM launch. There is a $5 launch fee for this location. The launch fee is payable to the harbormaster at the head of the dock. It's possible that the restaurant will charge us if they allow us to use their parking lot. Monday (Veterans Day) is also a Holiday so it could go either way. This year I would like to run the annual Gerrish Island circumnavigation in a counter clockwise direction starting early in the morning from Kittery Point (Pepperel Cove). In this fashion we should be able to mitigate some of the concerns with the inevitable midafternoon off shore winds that are encountered on the outside leg of the circumnavigation when we run the trip in a clockwise direction. That plus starting from the Kittery ME location instead of Odiorne Point, NH will reduce the total trip mileage and eliminate crossing the Piscataquis twice making it a safer and more manageable trip for advanced intermediate paddlers to negotiate. This is not a trip for novice paddlers. It is intended for intermediate paddlers with sea kayaks longer than 15 ½ feet with bulkheads or flotation. Wet/Dry suit, spray skirt and self and assisted rescue skills are required. If you do not have experience paddling offshore or are not comfortable with paddling up to ½ mile off shore in rolling swells up to 2 feet and 10 knot winds you should not sign up for this trip. Immersion gear (wet/dry suit,) sun screen (hopefully), bug spray (traveling thru the marsh on the inside), 2 liters of water min., sunglasses, hat, lunch and energy snacks should be on your pre trip check list.

AMC Trip Policy



Wood Island Life Saving Station


Paddling - Sea Kayaking

Offered By

New Hampshire




Adults (18+)


Sea Kayak Guide, ACA Instructor, Wilderness EMT, British Canoe 3Star Leader