Kayaking the Oyster river

Map of trip
Trip as seen in Google earth
  • Date traveled – Sept 27, 2014
  • length of trip – 5 miles
  • weather – calm, about 75 degrees no clouds
  • Time on the water- 2 hours

I was in the need for some kayaking.  This summer was brutal when it came to my schedule to get out in the water.  Today was perfect.  The weather was perfect and there were no commitments.  I looked at the map to see where I haven’t gone before.  What stuck out was Oyster river in Durham.  I saw on the map where one can put in a kayak.  I had tried to find it before but without any luck.  This time I found it.  It was a nice park near UNH.

I put in the kayak there.  There was a group of people there that lost their Frisbee in the river.  I went out in the water, picked it up and threw it back to them.  I went upstream to look at the dam and then immediately went downstream in the direction of Great Bay.

Both sides were woods with some high class housing.  All around me small fish were jumping.  This usually means that there are bigger fish scaring the small fish out of the water.  I wish I had a fishing rod.  A ways down the was a path to follow in the kayak.  It was a little longer than 1/2 mile and there were reeds on both sides.  I traced my steps and started back on the river.

I continued down the river until Great Bay was in front of me.  Then had a panic attack.  Did I lock the car or not.  I went back.  The car was locked.  I put the kayak into the truck and took off.  As I was kayaking I saw another place to let in the kayak so I looked for that.

Sure enough there was Jackson point.  There was a boat house where UNH stored their skulls for crew.  There was also a kids playground and a skating rink.  I did not know any of these places existed.  It was a great time all around.

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Obelisk along side of the water
Sharing the river with kayakers in training
Side trip
Metal statue of a fish skeleton
House at a point surrounded by water on 3 sides
Bridge by UNH

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