Newburyport Harbormaster Warns Kayakers to Stay Clear of Inlet

Gap in Merrimack River Jetty to be Closed
SAT map, mouth of the Merrimack River.

Newburyport News: Mishaps involving overturned kayakers are causing the Harbormaster to send out a warning about the safety of paddling kayaks near the mouth of the Merrimack River.

“(Paddling near the mouth of the Merrimack River is) a reckless choice for novice kayakers, and a very challenging task for the most experienced kayakers,” said Salisbury Harbormaster Ray Pike. “There are occasional days when it may appear relatively calm, but tides change every 5 to 6 hours. A small change in wind yields a different passage.”

Pike encourages kayakers to avoid the mouth of the river, and instead stay inside where the water is flat and smooth.

Read more about the warning to kayakers by Newburyport Harbormaster Ray Pike.