Race Point Tidal Lake

This paddle board trip to Race Pont is covering new ground for me.  The trip begins at Provincetown Aquasports paddle store.  There is 2 of us on this paddle board journey.  We load the Provincetown Aquasports delivery truck with 2 paddle boards and all our gear.  Firing up the engine we head off to Race Point.  Stopping at the Race Point air down station we let air out of the tires on the truck.  Letting the air out of the tires allows driving on the sand without getting stuck.  Off through the dunes we go on the Jeep trail.  This is truly beautiful scenery.  We pass by the Race Point Lighthouse almost close enough to reach out the window and touch.  Arriving at the Race Point tidal lake a little more than an hour before high tide.  I unload the paddle boards to the waters edge.  Grabbing all our paddle gear and locking the truck its off to the water.  We paddle away from the truck into the tidal lake.  The wind is under 10 knots, this makes the paddling easy.  Small fish are all around in schools.  There is a large amount of edible sea pickles everywhere.  We are the only people on the tidal lake and the only people around!  I paddle into some very shallow marshes.  The sand is inches below the fin on the back of my board.  My paddling partner stays in deeper water heading to the breakwater damn.  I paddle around a sand bar to see the damn straight ahead.  The water is higher than the water transfer pipes to the other side.  The water is rushing at full speed through the transfer pipes to the other side of the damn.  This is a very dangerous area to be paddling, so we keep our distance.  If there was a gust of wind it could blow us into the current for the water rushing through the damn.  We paddle 100 feet to the side of the damn water transfer tubes.  I pull our paddle boards up on the damn.  Now we are on top of the damn.  We can view either sides and the pure power of the water rushing.

The tide is soon to crest.  Now it is time to head back for the launch point.  I walk down the damn and launch our paddle boards into the water.  The tide has crested and the water is moving out of the tidal lake back into the Atlantic Ocean.  There is a slow and easy current that takes us effortlessly back to our launch site.  We look to the left and way off in the distance is a glimmer from a beach fire.  Looks like we finally have people joining us in this remote location.  Its now almost dark when we arrive at the launch.  Loading the paddleboards back into the truck we take another look around at the beautiful sunset.  Such a exquisite experience to come to this location in the world and paddle board.  I feel lucky and satisfied.  Into the truck we go and back to Provincetown Aquasports.

I can direct anyone on this paddle board trip.  Unfortunately this is not something we can offer as 1 of the tour from Provincetown Aquasports.  Race Point tidal lake is protected seashore and is very closely watched for commercial use.  I love kayaking and paddle boarding this location.  Contact me and I can give more information.


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