A paddle along wooded shorelines and marshes with excellent wildlife-watching opportunities. While Great Bay is more than 13 miles upstream from the Atlantic Ocean, it is highly influenced by the changing tides: it is almost twice as large at high tide as it is at low. The Winnnicut, Squamscott, and Lamprey Rivers all empty into Great Bay, adding a large quantity of fresh water into this unique inland tidal ecosystem every day. The habitat of Great Bay provides rich feeding opportunities for a variety of wildlife, including more than 250 species of birds. The ecological significance of the bay is important enough that the federal government has established the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge within the last twenty years. While some housing developments have been constructed on the bay in recent years, there is still a big chunk of undeveloped shoreline worth exploring from one of the four put-ins we have listed in the eTrail.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Skill Level||Easy to strenuous|
|Duration||1 hour to all day|
|Season||Best spring through fall|
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