The Wrack

The Wrack is the Wells Reserve blog, our collective logbook on the web.

Posts tagged kayak

  • Eighth Kayaking Season is Underway!

    | June 26, 2018 | Filed under: News

    Join us for a paddling excursion on the Little River Estuary this summer!

  • Another Stellar Kayaking Season!

    | November 1, 2017 | Filed under: Program Reports

    The kayaks are nestled all snug in their winter beds, with visions of the 2018 Little River Estuary paddling season dancing in their heads.

  • Kayaking on the Little River Estuary

    | March 27, 2017

    Paddle on calm and quiet waters while observing wildlife and learning about the natural history of estuaries, our treasured habitats.

  • Kayak Tours 2016

    | April 11, 2016

    kayakPaddle on calm and quiet waters while observing wildlife and learning about the natural history of estuaries, our treasured habitats.

    2016 is our sixth year offering these popular guided tours led by registered Maine Kayak Guides.

  • Kayak Season Recap

    | December 30, 2015

    As the first snow of the season fell outside my window yesterday, with our fleet of kayaks safely stored in the barn for the winter, I compiled the evaluation results from our fifth kayak season at the Reserve. Sixteen kayaking programs were held between early July and early October (eighteen were scheduled, but two were cancelled due to high winds/small craft advisories) and 82 people participated. Sixty-one of these paddlers completed evaluations immediately following the program. This is the first year we've conducted a formal evaluation of the program. What valuable information did the evaluations provide? Lots!

  • First-time Kayaker had a Blast

    Wells Reserve Contributor | August 11, 2015

    Getting ready to go kayakingEarly this summer our 12-year-old granddaughter from Ohio visited us here in Wells. We had heard about the reserve’s kayaking program and hoped she might be interested in trying it. We could sense a bit of trepidation on her part as she had never been in a kayak and would not know anyone in the group.

    We met the others on a sunny morning in front of the barn and were greeted by the smiling and enthusiastic leaders, Suzanne and Kate. They would watch over Allie as neither of her grandparents could manage a kayak. We could sense our granddaughter begin to relax, especially upon being introduced to several who were also from Ohio.

  • Learning the Little River

    | August 8, 2012

    reflectionI have been the Natural Resource Specialist here at the reserve for over a decade. I know the land well… or at least I thought I did.

    This year, several of the staff here were certified to lead kayak trips up the Little River estuary, which forms the northern boundary of the reserve. I was one of the lucky one. This was a whole new place for me. I had seen it from the river banks countless times. But being ON the water of the river is a whole new experience. Being on the water with a small group of people is even better.

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    Their stories add to this story. Where they have traveled from, how they heard about this trip. What they would like to learn about this estuary.

  • Little River Solitude

    | August 3, 2012

    Sue Bickford and I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours on the Little River yesterday with a group of six women visiting from Montreal, Maryland, Virginia, and New Hampshire. They all registered for our public kayaking program, piloted last summer with rental boats and new this year with a fleet of our own (thank you Old Town Canoe & Kayak, Betsy Stevens, and Mark Klys for your amazingly generous donations!). We paddled upstream amongst the salt marsh grasses and birds, and then enjoyed the shade provided by overhanging oaks, maples, and pines that provide a vital forested buffer zone along the river's edge. What a peaceful, lovely trip we had!

  • Four new Registered Maine Guides in Sea Kayaking

    Wells Reserve Contributor | June 21, 2012

    A big congratulations to Stephanie, Suzanne, Sue, and Nancy for passing the Registered Maine Guide Sea Kayak exam. Maine is one of the few states that requires outdoor guides to be licensed to maintain a quality of outdoor recreation for visitors, as well as to protect our natural resources when visiting wild spaces. It is one of the most difficult guide exams to pass. Usually, half of the people taking the test fail on their first try. Not these ladies! They will continue to hone their guide skills this summer during our kayaking programs.

  • Wells Harbor paddle

    | June 21, 2007
    Tin and I had been trying to find time for a paddle for months. Despite the threat of thunderstorms all day, yesterday was the day. We both showed up to work here at the Reserve, our cars each donning kayaks on racks. The weather threatened all day but the storms never materialized. Four o'clock came and off we went.  Within a few short minutes we pulled into Wells Harbor, unloaded our boats and were afloat…