WHY PADDLE HERE? – For scenic beauty, coastal nature, tidal river experience, marsh area, harbor views or a sunset paddle.
THE PADDLING ROUTE – Once launching from the boat ramp, or the hand carry launch, you have a choice of either paddling up river (turn right) or down river (turn left) into Wells Harbor. We usually start our paddle by first heading up river enjoying the marsh views and the sounds of the seagulls flying nearby then turning back and leisurely traveling into Wells Harbor before returning to the launch area. Sunset is my favorite time to paddle here, perfect after a long day of work.
CAUTIONS! – Tidal river and motor boat traffic. If you are unfamiliar with paddling a tidal river, plan to launch two hours before high tide and return to the launch no later than two hours after high tide. Paddling this close to either side of the high tide ensures you will not be stuck in the mud. Do not launch at or near low tide. Please note, there is no swimming allowed in the river.
LAUNCH & PARKING – The Town of Wells provides three separate and distinct boat launch locations all of which provide direct access the Webhannet River/Wells Harbor. The launch we normally use is located at the end of Harbor Rd. off of Rte 1. Experience has taught us that this launch is more conveniently located and easier to reach. You have to two choices at this location, you can either use the designated boat ramp at the end of Harbor Rd. or hand carry from the Wells Community Park parking lot. This trip we chose to use the hand carry launch as the parking lot was near empty. If you are trailering your kayaks you should use the designated boat launch. Starting in 2017 there will be a $12- fee to park at the designated boat launch parking lot. A pay and display meter (cards only) will be located at the lot. There is no parking fee to park in the hand carry parking lot for vehicles without trailers. The Harbor Master has an office located near the boat ramp.
RESTROOMS – YES! Restrooms are located at the entrance to the Wells community parking lot.
WHEN TO VISIT – Avoid busy summer weekends and holidays if you can. Time your visit with the tides in mind paddling at or near high tide for safety. Avoid low tide. Because this paddle is on the shorter side, a sunset paddle is particularly appealing to experienced paddlers with proper lighting.
TIDE CHART – Click Here.
US HARBORS LINK – Click Here.
DIRECTIONS – Click Here.