Daily Kayak Tours

The Gilligan Tour

Daily | 3 hours

$60 per person or $94 per parent/child (12 and under) tandem

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Our own “three hour tour” of the scenic Essex River Basin. Explore the intersection of nature and history while kayaking around islands and down the narrow creeks that wind through salt marshes. Perfect for the beginner or intermediate paddler. Our most popular kayak tour.

Custom Private Tours

Call to reserve a time | Duration varies per trip

Cost varies per trip

If you want a private trip you can choose from our standard three hour tour or work with us to design a tour that will be perfect for your group’s interest and abilities. Whether you want to get up close with sea life, observe the many birds on the basin, learn more about the history or just enjoy it all we can work with you to meet your needs. We cater to individuals, groups, corporate tours and camps.

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Weekly / Monthly Kayak Tours

Sunset Tour

Fridays & Saturdays | 2 hours | Times vary with daily sunset

$50 per person

Sunset is a special time on the basin. End your day with a peaceful paddle at dusk and watch the sun slip behind Hog Island. A wonderful way to unwind. Stick around town afterwards for dinner!

Moonlight Tour

3 hours

$80 per person

Friday June 14,      7-10pm

Saturday June 15     7-10pm

Sunday, June 16    7-10pm

Saturday, July 13    7-10pm

Sunday, July 14       7-10pm

Monday, July 15    7-10pm

Tuesday, July 16   7-10pm

Saturday, August 10   7-10pm

Sunday, August 11   7-10pm

Monday, August 12   7-10pm

Tuesday, August 13   7-10pm

Sunday, August 14  7-10pm

Friday, September 13   6-9pm

Saturday, September 14   6-9pm

Our moonlight tour is a truly unique experience. Paddle with us to Crane Beach as the sun sets over the Essex River Basin. Enjoy a beach campfire, s’mores, hot chocolate and coffee. Then as you paddle back under the light of the full moon, see the Essex River Basin in an entirely new way. Offered around the full moon each month.

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Special Kayak Tours & Collaborative Adventures

Family Tour

Sundays | 2 hours

$50 per person or $80 per parent/child tandem

June 24   9:00am

July 22    9:00am

August 19   9:00 am

September 8   9:00am

A leisurely two-hour paddle for the whole family. Explore the River Basin.

Father's Day Special

Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 9:30am | 2 hours

$52 per person or $80 per parent/child tandem

Treat dad to a kayak adventure. We'll hike some dunes, take some family photos, and paddle a one-way trip down river to Woodman's, where we're certain Dad will enjoy some of Essex's famous fried clams.

Crane Beach Circumnavigation

Approximately 4.5 hours

$75 per person

Sunday, June 10  9:00am

Sunday, August 12  9:00am

Saturday, September 8  9:00am

Experience the beauty of the North Shore's most scenic barrier beach through kayak circumnavigation. There's no better way to experience this local gem. We'll paddle the length of the beach, navigate winding salt marsh, get pulled by gentle tidal currents, and maybe even dig a Quahog or two. Kayaking experience and some physical fitness required.

Choate Island Hike & Paddle

5 hours

$85 per person

Saturday,  June 2    10:00am

Saturday,  June 23   10:00am

Saturday,  August 4  10:00am

Sunday,  August 19   10:00am

Sunday, September 16  10:00am

Combine a paddle, short hike, and picnic (with lunch provided) at the Trustees of Reservation's Choate Island. Learn about the deep natural history of the island and its former inhabitants. Hike to the top for the island's glorious views and kayak home to complete one of our favorite trips.

River to River Tour

Approximately 4.5 hours

$75 per person

Saturday, June 2, 2018  (Annisquam River)

10:00 am

Saturday, August 18, 2018 (Annisquam River)


Saturday, June 23, 2018 (Magnolia & Gloucester)

Time TBD

Saturday, September 1, 2018 (Magnolia & Gloucester)

Time TBD

We love our tidal rivers here on the North Shore. Kayak with us from the middle of the Annisquam River, riding the tide out past Wingaersheek Beach and along the coast to the tip of Crane Beach. Then take the tide once again as we paddle home into the Essex River Basin. Some physical fitness is recommended.

Thacher Island Hike & Paddle

5 hours

$90 per person (includes $5 donation to Thacher Island Association)

Sunday, July 8, 2018   9:00am

Sunday, August 5, 2018  9:00am

Sea kayak exploration couldn't be better than a paddle to Thacher Island, with its rich history and allure of the only operating twin lighthouses in America. This tour combines coastal sea kayaking with a hike along the island's beautiful trails and a spectacular view from the top of north lighthouse.

Misery Island Adventure

3 hours

$65 per person

Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 12:00pm

Misery Island is a true North Shore gem. This Trustees of Reservations property offers everything you'd want of a tiny island - a small beach with sea glass, beautiful cliff-top views, a shipwreck, and an odd history.

Osprey Tour

$55 per person

Saturday, June 9, 2018  !0am

Sunday, June 24, 2018  10am


Did you know that Osprey mate for life? Join ERBA on a specialized tour of the basin that will focus on this amazing bird of prey that makes this rich ecosystem their home.  We will paddle in and around several salt marsh areas that are difficult to reach by land to visit some of the nests that have active Osprey pairs as we learn about this special bird's adaptations. Binoculars are recommended.

Historic New England Collaborative Adventures

We've teamed up with Historic New England to offer an Essex River History Tour.

Essex River History Kayak Tour

$60 Historic New England Member / $70 Nonmember

Saturday, June 23, 2018      9:00am - 12:00pm

Thursday, August 9, 2018    9:00am - 12:00pm

Join Cogswell's Grant Site Manager Kristen Weiss for this leisurely three-hour trip exploring the salt marshes and islands. Get up close with sea life, observe the many birds on the basin, and learn the history of four centuries of of Essex's farms and shipbuilding industry, all from the unique perspective of the water. Perfect for the beginner or intermediate paddler. 

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