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Would anyone else be interested in kayaking out to Thacher Island off Rockport, MA to spend a night? Would need to be a Friday to Saturday or Saturday to Sunday for me in August or September. The camping is primitive with no water sources and a composting toilet. A reservation would need to be made in advance. You have to land on the island before 5 pm in order to check in with the lighthouse keeper. Cost is $5 per person to land. Would park and launch from Granite Pier which costs $6. Need help with picking dates and how to decide on if weather is favorable.

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I'm interested in kayak camping, especially after bug season (yay!).

Happy to help plan!

Deg

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Ok. I have the keeper's number when it comes time to give a heads up about our overnight. Also need to add that we can't have open flames. So, need to make plans for how much water we should each bring, what kind of creative meals we could prepare given the constraints, and which August/September Friday to pick. I'm thinking either Aug 9 or 23 look good since they have afternoon high tides; the 9th looking more favorable given the smaller overall height change from high to low. Obviously will need to be seeing what the winds and waves are looking like closer to August. Was noticing on some past trips that we'd need to pay not only a camping fee but also a landing fee. Will make sure that is indeed the case. Also, parking fee at Granite seems to be $12 but I'll also follow-up on that.

Very excited to do my first camping trip via kayak!

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There is a group conflict for Aug 9 as that is the weekend for the joint NSPN-SMSKN Annual Lobster Buoy car camping weekend. That's where I will be.  

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Can we lock down the date? I can do 8/23, but need to lock it in as I have a request to fit in another weekend trip in August, and that is my only free weekend. Thanks!

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On 6/12/2024 at 9:05 PM, Deborah Walsh said:

Can we lock down the date? I can do 8/23, but need to lock it in as I have a request to fit in another weekend trip in August, and that is my only free weekend. Thanks!

Hi Deb, With no responses from anyone else, I'm going to set 8/23 as the date. Will add to the activity calendar.

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Sounds like fun to me. I can do Aug. 9 or a September date. I may be a party of two and might do an alternate put-in in Gloucester to add some adventure. I  am not sure about public parking I Gloucester unless you put-in at the boat ramp and park at the high school, which is what a lot of boaters do.

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