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Kelle Loughlin: 603-778-0015
Jane Vachon: 603-271-3211
July 6, 2012

Kayak Tours of Great Bay and Kayak Striper Fishing Workshop Offered

Kayaking on Great Bay

GREENLAND, N.H. -- Experience New Hampshire's Great Bay Estuary by kayak this summer, guided by staff of the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.  Upcoming kayak tours and a special striper fishing workshop offer a chance to enjoy the rich ecological diversity and fascinating cultural history of the estuary as you paddle the tides and currents of Great Bay. You must be at least 18 years of age to participate. To register, call 603-778-0015.

For the kayak tours, no experience is necessary, however, be aware that kayaking is moderate to vigorous activity, and you will spend approximately 2.5 hours on the water.  Participants learn proper entry and exit of the kayak, basic paddling techniques and how to do a “wet exit” (practiced on dry land). Because the trips are very popular, please sign up for no more than one trip per summer.  You may ask to be put on a wait list for another trip.

Costs are as follows: The kayak tours are $35 ($25 for Great Bay Stewards members; visit www.greatbaystewards.org for membership information), or $15 if you bring your own boat. The cost of the Kayak Fishing for Stripers trip is $30 (you bring your own boat and gear).  Checks should be made payable to:  Great Bay Stewards, 89 Depot Road, Greenland, NH, 03840; make a notation that it is for the kayak trip.

Following is the schedule of tours:

Kayak Fishing for Stripers (bring your own boat and gear) -- Saturday, July 14, 2012: SORRY, COURSE FULL. 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon -- Join New Hampshire Fishing Guide Hope Eagleson and N.H. Fish and Game’s Mark Beauchesne to learn how to fish for striped bass from a kayak. Participants are required to bring their own kayak, vest, paddle and fishing gear and must have a current N.H. saltwater recreational fishing license ($11, available at www.fishnh.com or from any Fish and Game license agent).  Kayak fishing for stripers on New Hampshire’s coastal waterways is an exciting way to experience the fish and the scenery. This program will focus on the basics of fishing from and rigging your kayak. Both spin fishing and fly fishing tactics will be discussed and demonstrated, along with reading water and understanding the role of tidal movement.  There will be a brief orientation and instruction on the basics of fishing from a kayak, tackle and rigging, as well as a discussion on the pros and cons of “sit-on-top” boats or “sit-in” boats.  The bulk of the program will be on-the-water instruction and fishing on the back waters around Rye Harbor during peak striper season. These smaller creeks are an overlooked resource for some fun fishing. Location: Odiorne Point Boat Launch (just over the bridge), Rye. Rating: MODERATE.

Sunset Paddle – Friday, July 27, 2012. SORRY, COURSE FULL. 4:30 to 8:00 p.m.  After a long work week, enjoy a leisurely early evening paddle from Sandy Point into the mouth of the Squamscott River.  Wildlife of all kinds abounds during this time of day in Great Bay. Along the way we will look and listen for signs of a variety of birds and mammals that call the estuary home during the summer.  Wildlife you may see include osprey, bald eagles, white-tailed deer and many more.  This trip begins and ends at the Great Bay Discovery Center, 89 Depot Road in Greenland, N.H. Rating:  EASY

Goat Island Geocache Adventure  (bring your own boat) – Saturday, August 11, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Join us on a paddle to locally famous Goat Island in Little Bay.  Steeped in cultural history, Goat Island was once the location of the Piscataqua Bridge Hotel (1827) and home of the legendary hermit of Goat Island, John Murtaugh.  While there, we will have the challenge of locating a geocache hidden on the island.  If you are new to geocaching, it is a popular hide-and-seek adventure game using a GPS unit.  A GPS will be available for participants to try, but please bring your own if you have one.  The remainder of your paddle will take you past Wagon Hill Farm in Durham and Fox Point in Newington.  This trip begins and ends at the Scammel Bridge parking lot in Dover/Madbury.  Rating: MODERATE DIFFICULTY

Photographer’s Sunrise Paddle – Saturday, August 25, 2012. SORRY, COURSE FULL. 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Seize the day in this early morning paddle along the edge of the estuary.  Come discover this magical time of day when Great Bay is teeming with wildlife and offers perfect light for taking pictures.  The water is often like glass and presents the photographer or wildlife watcher with outstanding opportunities.  This paddle will be slow and leisurely, allowing time to stop for pictures or viewing.  Bring your own binoculars and/or camera equipment. This trip begins and ends at the Great Bay Discovery Center, 89 Depot Road in Greenland, N.H.  Rating: EASY.

The Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is a cooperative federal-state partnership between the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Visit www.greatbay.org.

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