View Full Version : Duck punting on the Parker

Daniel Noyes
08-14-2013, 08:47 PM
Here's some photos Lauren took while we paddled to Crane pond on the Parker.

The stream is quite narrow in places and meanders through a great meadow

The launch is at a bridge with some small rapids on the far side, when the water is low there's a little gravel bar that makes getting into the stream difficult, no problem though after the recent rains.

Here we are just setting out from the launch you can really see just how narrow the stream is here.

there's about 30-40 munites of paddeling to get to Crane pond, the river is never really wide enough or straight enough to row, even in a little duckpunt.

the easiest way to navigate the turns is standing, you can push off the bank and paddle.

Beaver Dam, the beaver payed us a visit while we were eating supper at a bend in the river, he swam up to within 20' of the boat and slapped the water with his tail to try and scare us off!


Daniel Noyes
08-14-2013, 08:49 PM
remains of a walk way across the bog

an unusually straight streach of the stream

You see the pond a couple times before the rivver finally empties into a small waterlilly choked cove.
finally the open water appears

The pond is well worth the trip, with hundreds of swallows skimming the waters surface, a Great Blue Herron and a Kingfisher hunting for their supper.

Daniel Noyes
08-14-2013, 08:52 PM
Lauren also got some video, Ill post a link once it's on line.

James McMullen
08-14-2013, 09:56 PM
Pretty, Dan. Did you see any frogs? Or frog eggs?

Daniel Noyes
08-14-2013, 10:26 PM
yeah a couple dozen frogs, they were not bull frogs, smaller, mabey leapord frogs, they let out a little fairly high pitched yelp and dove into the water as we passed, also a medium sized snapping turtle, we saw its head as we came around a bend and a large swirl as it dove to avoid us.

did you notice the sail rolled up in the bottom of the boat in the photo of Lauren... guess what kind! i dont have any photos of it rigged yet but have sailed it once and done considerable tweaking... It dips. I brought the sail with us on the trip to the pond with hopes of setting it when we arrived but you can see by the reflections in the water there was not any wind.

Lance F. Gunderson
08-15-2013, 08:53 AM
Looks like a fine place for duck hunting. Did you see any ducks or geese?

Daniel Noyes
08-15-2013, 09:31 PM
Looks like a fine place for duck hunting. Did you see any ducks or geese?

Yes we saw 3 ducks and there's a small duck blind on the west shore of the pond.

Saw something today I have never seen. Brendan and I were out in the punt on the essex river, about 7:30 pm, west of hog Island, in sight of the rivermouth and the atlantic ocean, definately salt water, when we saw something moving along on the surface, it was a snake swimming across the bay, moving well with it's head held 3-4 inches above the water, about 3-3 1/2 ft long.

Lance F. Gunderson
08-16-2013, 09:04 AM
Sea Serpent!

Robbie 2
08-16-2013, 04:38 PM
A very nice looking part of the country in your neck of the woods............so to say.
Thanks for sharing.