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Rainbow Beach

Trip Overview

We dropped our kayaks at Elwell public launch, off Damon Rd in Northampton, MA at about 11AM on a Tuesday in August. The water is calm in this area and there were very few boats on the water up until the time we left at 2:30pm. I'd say it takes about 20-30min to Kayak to Rainbow Beach. The water was pretty clean with soft sand. The beach, itself, was cleaner than I expected with only 3 or 4 anchored boats. The only drawback was the steep incline at the launch making it a little challenging for me to load up the kayaks...however, I am short and don't have much leverage. Will definitely return again!
  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Number of Portages: 2
  • Portage Description: Steep launch
Be aware of boaters
Water shoes, a plus
Fairly clean, some debri

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