Though it’s just a stone’s throw from the neighborhoods of Sconticut Neck, the Edgewater Street launch propels paddlers into an environment that feels a world away from the suburbs. The small, unpaved launch is an easy place to carry a kayak or paddleboard from your car and set off on an adventure. (The launch is rocky and shallow, so take caution at low tide. If you’re parking here, be aware that the street can flood at high tide.)
From here, experienced paddlers can circle Little Bay’s islands to explore these habitats and take in views of Nasketucket Bay beyond. Beginners can stick to the shoreline around the launch to wade in the shallows and investigate wildlife in the salt marshes. If you’re staying on shore, bring along a fishing pole or a clam rake to harvest the rich waters of Little Bay.
Habitats & Wildlife
Fed by the fresh waters of the Nasketucket River, Little Bay is a lush estuary where countless species of birds, fish, and shellfish live. Look for quiet herons and egrets, soaring ospreys, and quick-moving terns in pursuit of fish to eat. Below the water, schoolie stripers swim upstream in spring and summer.
At low tide, the launch becomes a prime place to explore as its rocky shoreline emerges. Search out snails and hermit crabs moving among the seaweed-strewn rocks and fiddler crabs standing guard by their muddy burrows. See some bubbles popping up from the wet mud? They’re from buried clams waiting for the tide to return. It’s no wonder that this place is also a popular spot to dig for quahogs — locals even call it “Quahog Heaven!”