Water Related Events and Meetings Across Connecticut

Rivers Alliance of CT recently re-built our water-related events listings after a transition to a new website hosting provider. The new listings of events includes everything we listed on the old websites, but in what we hope is more useful format.  Here are our lists of events:

State Water Planning Meetings and Comment Opportunties

Get Wet Connecticut! (working title)

Paddle Events Across Connecticut


Aug
28
Mon
Learn to Whitewater Kayak! @ Lake Beseck
Aug 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
link to webpage
Click pic for CT-AMC-Whitewater-kayaking-instruction-and-river-trips

Registration required at https://www.meetup.com/CT-AMC-Whitewater-kayaking-instruction-and-river-trips/

Free registration with Meeetup.com may be required to view and register for events.

These sessions (every Monday until August 28, 2017) are for anyone who is looking to learn the basics of whitewater kayaking with an eye to running rivers safely. Strokes, Boat control, or to learn the Eskimo roll will all be covered. There will be volunteer instructors at every session. Instruction is generally one on one, in a very casual and friendly atmosphere. Limited amounts of paddling gear will be available for use on a first come first serve basis. It is recommended to bring your own helmet and life jacket if possible. Nose plugs are also helpful. Gear selection and sizes are limited. Everybody is welcome! To sign up, please call by the night before if possible.

Where: Town of Middlefield Beseck Lake Beach, Middlefield CT
When: Mon. evenings in July and August
Dates: July 24, 31,  August 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm or sunset

Costs: $10.00 per session, Gear rental if needed $5 per session

Contact: Mark Schappert 203-240-3544 riverloony@gmail.com

This Meetup repeats every week on Monday until August 28, 2017

Learn to Whitewater kayak! 3 going Mon Jul 31 6:00 PM
Learn to Whitewater kayak! 1 going Mon Aug 7 6:00 PM
Learn to Whitewater kayak! 1 going Mon Aug 14 6:00 PM
Learn to Whitewater kayak! 2 going Mon Aug 21, 6:00 PM
Learn to Whitewater kayak! 2 going Mon Aug 28, 6:00 PM
Aug
30
Wed
Cedar Lake Kayak Practice with ConnYak @ Cedar Lake Boat Launch
Aug 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sign-up required at https://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/events/zskrlnywlbnc/

Free registration may be required to view events at Meetup.com

Cedar Lake Practice

 

  •  Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    4:00 PM

    Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    4:00 PM

  • Bishop Rd., Chester, CT

  • A casual gathering of paddlers most Wednesdays during the warm months on Cedar Lake in Chester, CT. No formal instruction is offered, but there are often friendly folks willing to help with whatever skills you might be looking to learn or refine. This is a very relaxed environment with much floating about and chatting. People start to show up around 4 pm and most will stay on the water until they get tired, cold, hungry or it starts getting dark. Arrive anytime, we’re easy to find – usually at the far end of the lake. All are welcome.

    Paddling is typically followed by a simple Potluck in the parking lot. Bring a chair and a snack to share. On shorter or colder days, we often go for pizza.

    Be sure to check the ConnYak Bulletin Board (http://www.connyak.org/cgi-bin/BBS.pl/) the day of the practice — sometimes the session will be cancelled for adverse weather or other reasons.

Thimble Islands Paddle @ Stony Creek Boat Launch
Aug 30 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Registration required at https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/241806819/

Free membership with Meetup.com may be necessary to view the website.

Thimble Islands

  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    5:00 PM

  • Thimble Islands

    178 Thimble Island Rd, Branford, CT

  • Thimble Islands, Stony Creek

    This launch has a concrete apron down to the water that can be slippery at low tides.

    Sanitary facilities are available in season. Parking is on street and can be difficult during the summer season. This paddle is rated 2 to 4 and can change rapidly.  This is a picturesque area with the small rocky islands and the varied styles of houses; it also has a great many islands in close proximity the most visited of which is Outer Island which is part of the Stewart McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. This area is a very popular paddling spot every time it is posted. As usual the direction, distance, and time are decided by the group members. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles. Events later in the day will need to carry lights and a sound producing device for night navigation.

     There will be a minimum of 3 people for this event or it will be canceled.

Quinebaug South from Butts Bridge, Canterbury with Paddle Killingly @ Butts Bridge Paddle Access
Aug 30 @ 5:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Quinebaug South from Butts Bridge, Canterbury with Paddle Killingly @ Butts Bridge Paddle Access

Sign-up required at https://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/237303999/ 

Free registration may be required to view events at Meetup.com

  • message 8/29: “Due to earlier sunset and a large number of participants, please arrive early (5:15?) in order to be ready to push off at 5:30.  We will be heading downriver (left). “
    Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    5:15 PM

  • Butts Bridge

    67 Butts Bridge Road, (Rt. 688), Canterbury, CT (map)

  • Launch is east of Butts Bridge, under the power lines on a long dirt road.
  • We will paddle south into Aspinook Pond.

    This section is part of the Quinebaug River Water Trail.  See more about that at http://www.brooklynct.org/sites/brooklynct/files/file/file/quinebaugriverpaddleguide2012.pdf

    Launch: By Butts Bridge, 82 Butts Bridge Road, (Rt. 688), Canterbury CT   (41.649933, -71.970370)
    About 800 feet east of the bridge is a turn south onto an unpaved access road adjacent to the power lines. There is an info kiosk at entrance. Follow that road 1,000 feet to the water’s edge.  Plenty of parking.

    Required equipment: PFD, 10-foot length of rope, whistle, headlamp/flashlight

Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle @ Milford Beach
Aug 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle @ Milford Beach

Hosted by: Christina Pritchard (Organizer)

Sep
2
Sat
Thimble Islands Paddle @ Stony Creek Boat Launch
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Registration required at https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/241806839/

Free membership with Meetup.com may be necessary to view the website.

Thimble Islands

  • Saturday, September 2, 2017

    10:00 AM

  • Thimble Islands

    178 Thimble Island Rd, Branford, CT

  • Thimble Islands, Stony Creek

    This launch has a concrete apron down to the water that can be slippery at low tides.

    Sanitary facilities are available in season. Parking is on street and can be difficult during the summer season. This paddle is rated 2 to 4 and can change rapidly.  This is a picturesque area with the small rocky islands and the varied styles of houses; it also has a great many islands in close proximity the most visited of which is Outer Island which is part of the Stewart McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. This area is a very popular paddling spot every time it is posted. As usual the direction, distance, and time are decided by the group members. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles. Events later in the day will need to carry lights and a sound producing device for night navigation.

Sep
6
Wed
Full Harvest Moon Paddle
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Full Harvest Moon Paddle

Full Harvest Moon Paddle

  •  Limited rentals available. Must call to reserve and pre-pay 203-713-8282 by Tuesday at 5PM.
    MUST WEAR PFD MUST BRING LIGHT, LANTERN, HEADLIGHT, etc MUST CARRY PUMP if in cockpit style kayak and any self rescue device you may need

    MUST HAVE WHISTLE

    MUST HAVE SELF RESCUE ABILITY MUST BE EXPERIENCED

    BRING WATER and food if desired

    If joining this paddle please be a very experienced paddler and knowledgeable in self rescue. You will be responsible for yourself. This is not a “guided” trip and it will be dark, possibly windy or choppy conditions in which, if something happens, you may need to rely on yourself. All paddlers must be confident they can keep up with the group and be able to paddle all conditions.

    As always, if you sign up, PLEASE SHOW UP or remove yourself from the list well in advance so we do not wait unnecessarily and so that someone else from the wait list might join in your place. Please be considerate.

Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle @ Milford Beach
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle @ Milford Beach

Hosted by: Christina Pritchard (Organizer)

Sep
9
Sat
Mansfield Hollow South Paddle @ Mansfield Hollow Boat Launch
Sep 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mansfield Hollow South Paddle @ Mansfield Hollow Boat Launch

Free registration may be required to view events at Meetup.com

  • Mansfield Hollow (South)

    •  Saturday, September 9, 2017

      10:00 AM

    • Bassetts Bridge Rd., Mansfield Center, CT

    • https://www.facebook.com/paddlekillingly
    • Leisurely flatwater paddling.  We will go south from the launch point and then up the Nachaug River as far as we can get, then back to the launch.  Approximately three hours.

      GPS address is 295 Bassett Bridge Rd, Mansfield Center, CT 06250, and coordinates are: 41.768144,-72.174189

      Required equipment: PFD, 10-foot length of rope, whistle, food and drink as you prefer.

Paddle CT River Middletown @ Harbor Park
Sep 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Paddle CT River Middletown @ Harbor Park

Registration required at 
https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/241885086/

Free registration may be required to view Meetup.com events.

Connecticut River Middletown

  • Saturday, September 9, 2017

    10:00 AM

  • 80 Harbor Drive, Middletown, CT

  • Harbor Park / Middletown

    This site has paved parking for quite a few cars, and a restaurant right next to the launch area. There is some boat traffic due to the dock for the restaurant. Unknown there are sanitary facilities other than at the restaurant just a short walk North of the restaurant.   This paddle can go from a class 2 to a class 4 depending on snow melt or rain run off from as far North as the border with Quebec, Canada but is usually is rated from 1 to 2 except in the flood season. After paddling there are many good eateries in the area such as the restaurant adjacent to the launch as well as 5 Guys on Washington Street . As with most all our paddles direction and distance is determined by the group.Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Paddle GREAT ISLAND OLD LYME @ Great Island Old Lyme Boat Ramp
Sep 9 @ 10:45 am – 5:00 pm
Paddle GREAT ISLAND OLD LYME @ Great Island Old Lyme Boat Ramp

Registration required at https://www.meetup.com/KAYAKING-ADVENTURES-CT-MA-RI/events/242987292/

Free registration may be required to view Meetup.com events.

Updated Meetup With a New Replacement Location . For more details, see the full listing. (Waves were too high at Barn Island – Napatree)..

SAT SEP- 9 – GREAT ISLAND OLD LYME – POTLUCK BBQ AT 7 FALLS

  •  Saturday, September 9, 2017

    10:45 AM

  • 45 SMITH NECK ROAD, OLD LYME, CT (map)

  • I will be wearing my BRIGHT ORANGE HUNTING HAT near the boat put in spot.
  • Hi Everyone,

    Great Island, Blackhall River & Lieutenant River options.

    Be ready to paddle at 11 am to have a longer day Because it is getting darker earlier. If YOU are late ……  YOU are on your own.

    Tide Low @ 7 am

    High @ 1:30 pm

    Winds:      http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/launch/code.cgi?Submit=Go&sta=KSNC&state=CT

    Great Island Boat Ramp :

    http://www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/site.asp?siteid=529

    Drop off boats and park in upper lot.

    Avoid Drunk and Angry Power boaters

    —————————————————————————————-

    Fireside Potluck BBQ:  At 7 FALLS PARK

    Approximate GPS address: (Near Deb’s Restaurant) 40 Saybrook Rd Higganum.

    Take Aircraft Rd exit off of rte 9 north, take right (south) onto Saybrook Rd.. go apx half mile , park is on LEFT..

    Please bring some wood, Good Potluck Foods, Chairs and your favourite beverages..

    More Details given out at the paddle site as we load up.. or follow someone that knows where to go..

    GRILL & ACCESSORIES LOADED UP.. SEE those interested at GREAT Island..

Sep
12
Tue
Tuesday Night Paddle: Fisherman Esker Pt. @ Esker Point Beach
Sep 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday Night Paddle: Fisherman Esker Pt. @ Esker Point Beach

Preregistration  required at https://www.meetup.com/Tuesday-Night-Paddle/events/243133774/

Free registration may be required to view Meetup.com events

Meet behind the Fisherman Esker Pt. Parking lot

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    5:30 PM

  • 900 Groton Long Point Road, Groton, CT

  • Only 6 TNP left (officially ) ( no reason we can’t keep paddling ) See you all there !

Sep
13
Wed
Halls Pond Paddle @ Halls Pond
Sep 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Free registration may be required to view events at Meetup.com


Halls Pond

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 5:30 PM

Commuter Parking Lot, Routes 198 and 44

13 Chaplin Rd. , Eastford, CT 

https://www.facebook.com/paddlekillingly

Flatwater paddling on Hall’s Pond. 

Halls Pond is state owned, and land along the southern shore is part of Natchaug State Park. A road runs along the northern and northeastern shores, and two homes have been built at the southeastern end of the lake. The area around the 82 acre lake is otherwise forested and undeveloped. The lake has an average depth of 9 feet and a maximum depth of 14 feet.

Because of limited parking we will meet at the commuter lot at Routes 198/44.  Be there at 5:30 please.  The lot is just south of the intersection on the east side of Route 198 (Chaplin Road).   A GPS address that will get you close is 13 Chaplin Rd, Eastford, CT.

Required equipment: PFD, 10-foot length of rope, whistle, headlamp/flashlight

Sep
16
Sat
Sea Kayak Thimble Islands @ Joshua Cove and Great Harbor Wildlife Management Area
Sep 16 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Date and Time

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Location

Joshua Cove, Guilford or Branford

Registration

Registration is required for this activity. Please contact registrar below.

Barry Gorfain
860-705-3828
(best time to call: before Thursday, Sept. 14, 9PM)
barrygorfain@att.net

Overview

Sea Kayak Level 2. Approx. 6-8 miles, 4-6 hours. Explore this popular island chain at a quieter time, searching for Neptune’s face and evidence of Captain Kidd. Leaving from Joshua Cove and stopping at Outer Island, there will be open water crossings and some boat traffic and channel crossings. Wearing PFD and spray skirt required, as well as wet exit experience. Limit 10 boats, trip may be modified due to conditions. Leave No Trace principles. Rain cancels. Registration required by Thursday, Sept. 14, 9PM.

AMC Trip Policy

Cost

Free

Sep
17
Sun
Paddle Salmon River, Moodus @  Sunrise State Park
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Registration required at: https://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/242912271/

Free membership with Meetup.com may be necessary to view the website.

Salmon River, Moodus, CT

  •  Sunday, September 17, 2017

    10:00 AM

  • 121 Leesville Road, Moodus, CT

  • Note: We will put in at Sunrise State Park, about a half mile below the Leesville Dam.  Do NOT go to the state boat launch at the juncture of the Salmon River with the Connecticut River.  I will not be there.  Pay attention to the directions please.

    We will use the Salmon River put in at Sunrise State Park, Moodus, CT.  The entrance is a nondescript, deserted looking, two-lane asphalt driveway on the west side of Route 148 (Leesville Road).  It looks like the entrance to a deserted and neglected resort, because it is.  The area was the Sunrise Resort before the state bought it in 2009 and opened it up in 2014 as Sunrise State Park.  It is across the road from Lake Mini-Ha-Ha at Cave Hill Resort.

    There are some small signs at the entrance put there by the kayak concessionaire, but no official state park sign yet.  It is just north of Machimoodus State Park, which is at 128 Leesville Rd, Moodus.  A GPS address of 121 Leesville Road, Moodus, will get you very close to the entrance to Sunrise Park.  Coordinates for the entrance are 41.505220, -72.476393.  Follow the road, it turns this way and that, but will get you to the water eventually.  (You may see something called Echo Farm Road on the map.  There is no road sign with that on it, so don’t look for a road by that name.)

    To cancel the day of the trip or to let me know if you are running late, text or call to 561 315-0528.

    We will paddle a half mile upstream to the falls and fish ladder and then back downstream three miles or so toward the mouth of the Salmon, exploring Pine Brook and Moodus River and then back.   Figure two to three hours on the water, up to eight miles of paddling.

    There are boat rentals at this park.  Contact Quiet Kayak at https://www.facebook.com/Quiet-Kayak-205843472760567/ or 860 608-9384 for info and reservations.

Aug
28
Mon
Learn to Whitewater Kayak! @ Lake Beseck
Aug 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
link to webpage
Click pic for CT-AMC-Whitewater-kayaking-instruction-and-river-trips

Registration required at https://www.meetup.com/CT-AMC-Whitewater-kayaking-instruction-and-river-trips/

Free registration with Meeetup.com may be required to view and register for events.

These sessions (every Monday until August 28, 2017) are for anyone who is looking to learn the basics of whitewater kayaking with an eye to running rivers safely. Strokes, Boat control, or to learn the Eskimo roll will all be covered. There will be volunteer instructors at every session. Instruction is generally one on one, in a very casual and friendly atmosphere. Limited amounts of paddling gear will be available for use on a first come first serve basis. It is recommended to bring your own helmet and life jacket if possible. Nose plugs are also helpful. Gear selection and sizes are limited. Everybody is welcome! To sign up, please call by the night before if possible.

Where: Town of Middlefield Beseck Lake Beach, Middlefield CT
When: Mon. evenings in July and August
Dates: July 24, 31,  August 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm or sunset

Costs: $10.00 per session, Gear rental if needed $5 per session

Contact: Mark Schappert 203-240-3544 riverloony@gmail.com

This Meetup repeats every week on Monday until August 28, 2017

Learn to Whitewater kayak! 3 going Mon Jul 31 6:00 PM
Learn to Whitewater kayak! 1 going Mon Aug 7 6:00 PM
Learn to Whitewater kayak! 1 going Mon Aug 14 6:00 PM
Learn to Whitewater kayak! 2 going Mon Aug 21, 6:00 PM
Learn to Whitewater kayak! 2 going Mon Aug 28, 6:00 PM
Aug
30
Wed
Cedar Lake Kayak Practice with ConnYak @ Cedar Lake Boat Launch
Aug 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sign-up required at https://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/events/zskrlnywlbnc/

Free registration may be required to view events at Meetup.com

Cedar Lake Practice

 

  •  Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    4:00 PM

    Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    4:00 PM

  • Bishop Rd., Chester, CT

  • A casual gathering of paddlers most Wednesdays during the warm months on Cedar Lake in Chester, CT. No formal instruction is offered, but there are often friendly folks willing to help with whatever skills you might be looking to learn or refine. This is a very relaxed environment with much floating about and chatting. People start to show up around 4 pm and most will stay on the water until they get tired, cold, hungry or it starts getting dark. Arrive anytime, we’re easy to find – usually at the far end of the lake. All are welcome.

    Paddling is typically followed by a simple Potluck in the parking lot. Bring a chair and a snack to share. On shorter or colder days, we often go for pizza.

    Be sure to check the ConnYak Bulletin Board (http://www.connyak.org/cgi-bin/BBS.pl/) the day of the practice — sometimes the session will be cancelled for adverse weather or other reasons.

Thimble Islands Paddle @ Stony Creek Boat Launch
Aug 30 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Registration required at https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/241806819/

Free membership with Meetup.com may be necessary to view the website.

Thimble Islands

  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    5:00 PM

  • Thimble Islands

    178 Thimble Island Rd, Branford, CT

  • Thimble Islands, Stony Creek

    This launch has a concrete apron down to the water that can be slippery at low tides.

    Sanitary facilities are available in season. Parking is on street and can be difficult during the summer season. This paddle is rated 2 to 4 and can change rapidly.  This is a picturesque area with the small rocky islands and the varied styles of houses; it also has a great many islands in close proximity the most visited of which is Outer Island which is part of the Stewart McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. This area is a very popular paddling spot every time it is posted. As usual the direction, distance, and time are decided by the group members. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles. Events later in the day will need to carry lights and a sound producing device for night navigation.

     There will be a minimum of 3 people for this event or it will be canceled.

Quinebaug South from Butts Bridge, Canterbury with Paddle Killingly @ Butts Bridge Paddle Access
Aug 30 @ 5:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Quinebaug South from Butts Bridge, Canterbury with Paddle Killingly @ Butts Bridge Paddle Access

Sign-up required at https://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/237303999/ 

Free registration may be required to view events at Meetup.com

  • message 8/29: “Due to earlier sunset and a large number of participants, please arrive early (5:15?) in order to be ready to push off at 5:30.  We will be heading downriver (left). “
    Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    5:15 PM

  • Butts Bridge

    67 Butts Bridge Road, (Rt. 688), Canterbury, CT (map)

  • Launch is east of Butts Bridge, under the power lines on a long dirt road.
  • We will paddle south into Aspinook Pond.

    This section is part of the Quinebaug River Water Trail.  See more about that at http://www.brooklynct.org/sites/brooklynct/files/file/file/quinebaugriverpaddleguide2012.pdf

    Launch: By Butts Bridge, 82 Butts Bridge Road, (Rt. 688), Canterbury CT   (41.649933, -71.970370)
    About 800 feet east of the bridge is a turn south onto an unpaved access road adjacent to the power lines. There is an info kiosk at entrance. Follow that road 1,000 feet to the water’s edge.  Plenty of parking.

    Required equipment: PFD, 10-foot length of rope, whistle, headlamp/flashlight

Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle @ Milford Beach
Aug 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle @ Milford Beach

Hosted by: Christina Pritchard (Organizer)

Sep
2
Sat
Thimble Islands Paddle @ Stony Creek Boat Launch
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Registration required at https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/241806839/

Free membership with Meetup.com may be necessary to view the website.

Thimble Islands

  • Saturday, September 2, 2017

    10:00 AM

  • Thimble Islands

    178 Thimble Island Rd, Branford, CT

  • Thimble Islands, Stony Creek

    This launch has a concrete apron down to the water that can be slippery at low tides.

    Sanitary facilities are available in season. Parking is on street and can be difficult during the summer season. This paddle is rated 2 to 4 and can change rapidly.  This is a picturesque area with the small rocky islands and the varied styles of houses; it also has a great many islands in close proximity the most visited of which is Outer Island which is part of the Stewart McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. This area is a very popular paddling spot every time it is posted. As usual the direction, distance, and time are decided by the group members. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles. Events later in the day will need to carry lights and a sound producing device for night navigation.

Sep
6
Wed
Full Harvest Moon Paddle
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Full Harvest Moon Paddle

Full Harvest Moon Paddle

  •  Limited rentals available. Must call to reserve and pre-pay 203-713-8282 by Tuesday at 5PM.
    MUST WEAR PFD MUST BRING LIGHT, LANTERN, HEADLIGHT, etc MUST CARRY PUMP if in cockpit style kayak and any self rescue device you may need

    MUST HAVE WHISTLE

    MUST HAVE SELF RESCUE ABILITY MUST BE EXPERIENCED

    BRING WATER and food if desired

    If joining this paddle please be a very experienced paddler and knowledgeable in self rescue. You will be responsible for yourself. This is not a “guided” trip and it will be dark, possibly windy or choppy conditions in which, if something happens, you may need to rely on yourself. All paddlers must be confident they can keep up with the group and be able to paddle all conditions.

    As always, if you sign up, PLEASE SHOW UP or remove yourself from the list well in advance so we do not wait unnecessarily and so that someone else from the wait list might join in your place. Please be considerate.

Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle @ Milford Beach
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle @ Milford Beach

Hosted by: Christina Pritchard (Organizer)

Sep
9
Sat
Mansfield Hollow South Paddle @ Mansfield Hollow Boat Launch
Sep 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mansfield Hollow South Paddle @ Mansfield Hollow Boat Launch

Free registration may be required to view events at Meetup.com

  • Mansfield Hollow (South)

    •  Saturday, September 9, 2017

      10:00 AM

    • Bassetts Bridge Rd., Mansfield Center, CT

    • https://www.facebook.com/paddlekillingly
    • Leisurely flatwater paddling.  We will go south from the launch point and then up the Nachaug River as far as we can get, then back to the launch.  Approximately three hours.

      GPS address is 295 Bassett Bridge Rd, Mansfield Center, CT 06250, and coordinates are: 41.768144,-72.174189

      Required equipment: PFD, 10-foot length of rope, whistle, food and drink as you prefer.

Paddle CT River Middletown @ Harbor Park
Sep 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Paddle CT River Middletown @ Harbor Park

Registration required at 
https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/241885086/

Free registration may be required to view Meetup.com events.

Connecticut River Middletown

  • Saturday, September 9, 2017

    10:00 AM

  • 80 Harbor Drive, Middletown, CT

  • Harbor Park / Middletown

    This site has paved parking for quite a few cars, and a restaurant right next to the launch area. There is some boat traffic due to the dock for the restaurant. Unknown there are sanitary facilities other than at the restaurant just a short walk North of the restaurant.   This paddle can go from a class 2 to a class 4 depending on snow melt or rain run off from as far North as the border with Quebec, Canada but is usually is rated from 1 to 2 except in the flood season. After paddling there are many good eateries in the area such as the restaurant adjacent to the launch as well as 5 Guys on Washington Street . As with most all our paddles direction and distance is determined by the group.Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Paddle GREAT ISLAND OLD LYME @ Great Island Old Lyme Boat Ramp
Sep 9 @ 10:45 am – 5:00 pm
Paddle GREAT ISLAND OLD LYME @ Great Island Old Lyme Boat Ramp

Registration required at https://www.meetup.com/KAYAKING-ADVENTURES-CT-MA-RI/events/242987292/

Free registration may be required to view Meetup.com events.

Updated Meetup With a New Replacement Location . For more details, see the full listing. (Waves were too high at Barn Island – Napatree)..

SAT SEP- 9 – GREAT ISLAND OLD LYME – POTLUCK BBQ AT 7 FALLS

  •  Saturday, September 9, 2017

    10:45 AM

  • 45 SMITH NECK ROAD, OLD LYME, CT (map)

  • I will be wearing my BRIGHT ORANGE HUNTING HAT near the boat put in spot.
  • Hi Everyone,

    Great Island, Blackhall River & Lieutenant River options.

    Be ready to paddle at 11 am to have a longer day Because it is getting darker earlier. If YOU are late ……  YOU are on your own.

    Tide Low @ 7 am

    High @ 1:30 pm

    Winds:      http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/launch/code.cgi?Submit=Go&sta=KSNC&state=CT

    Great Island Boat Ramp :

    http://www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/site.asp?siteid=529

    Drop off boats and park in upper lot.

    Avoid Drunk and Angry Power boaters

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    Fireside Potluck BBQ:  At 7 FALLS PARK

    Approximate GPS address: (Near Deb’s Restaurant) 40 Saybrook Rd Higganum.

    Take Aircraft Rd exit off of rte 9 north, take right (south) onto Saybrook Rd.. go apx half mile , park is on LEFT..

    Please bring some wood, Good Potluck Foods, Chairs and your favourite beverages..

    More Details given out at the paddle site as we load up.. or follow someone that knows where to go..

    GRILL & ACCESSORIES LOADED UP.. SEE those interested at GREAT Island..

Sep
12
Tue
Tuesday Night Paddle: Fisherman Esker Pt. @ Esker Point Beach
Sep 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday Night Paddle: Fisherman Esker Pt. @ Esker Point Beach

Preregistration  required at https://www.meetup.com/Tuesday-Night-Paddle/events/243133774/

Free registration may be required to view Meetup.com events

Meet behind the Fisherman Esker Pt. Parking lot

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    5:30 PM

  • 900 Groton Long Point Road, Groton, CT

  • Only 6 TNP left (officially ) ( no reason we can’t keep paddling ) See you all there !

Sep
13
Wed
Halls Pond Paddle @ Halls Pond
Sep 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Free registration may be required to view events at Meetup.com


Halls Pond

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 5:30 PM

Commuter Parking Lot, Routes 198 and 44

13 Chaplin Rd. , Eastford, CT 

https://www.facebook.com/paddlekillingly

Flatwater paddling on Hall’s Pond. 

Halls Pond is state owned, and land along the southern shore is part of Natchaug State Park. A road runs along the northern and northeastern shores, and two homes have been built at the southeastern end of the lake. The area around the 82 acre lake is otherwise forested and undeveloped. The lake has an average depth of 9 feet and a maximum depth of 14 feet.

Because of limited parking we will meet at the commuter lot at Routes 198/44.  Be there at 5:30 please.  The lot is just south of the intersection on the east side of Route 198 (Chaplin Road).   A GPS address that will get you close is 13 Chaplin Rd, Eastford, CT.

Required equipment: PFD, 10-foot length of rope, whistle, headlamp/flashlight

Sep
16
Sat
Sea Kayak Thimble Islands @ Joshua Cove and Great Harbor Wildlife Management Area
Sep 16 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Date and Time

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Location

Joshua Cove, Guilford or Branford

Registration

Registration is required for this activity. Please contact registrar below.

Barry Gorfain
860-705-3828
(best time to call: before Thursday, Sept. 14, 9PM)
barrygorfain@att.net

Overview

Sea Kayak Level 2. Approx. 6-8 miles, 4-6 hours. Explore this popular island chain at a quieter time, searching for Neptune’s face and evidence of Captain Kidd. Leaving from Joshua Cove and stopping at Outer Island, there will be open water crossings and some boat traffic and channel crossings. Wearing PFD and spray skirt required, as well as wet exit experience. Limit 10 boats, trip may be modified due to conditions. Leave No Trace principles. Rain cancels. Registration required by Thursday, Sept. 14, 9PM.

AMC Trip Policy

Cost

Free

Sep
17
Sun
Paddle Salmon River, Moodus @  Sunrise State Park
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Registration required at: https://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/242912271/

Free membership with Meetup.com may be necessary to view the website.

Salmon River, Moodus, CT

  •  Sunday, September 17, 2017

    10:00 AM

  • 121 Leesville Road, Moodus, CT

  • Note: We will put in at Sunrise State Park, about a half mile below the Leesville Dam.  Do NOT go to the state boat launch at the juncture of the Salmon River with the Connecticut River.  I will not be there.  Pay attention to the directions please.

    We will use the Salmon River put in at Sunrise State Park, Moodus, CT.  The entrance is a nondescript, deserted looking, two-lane asphalt driveway on the west side of Route 148 (Leesville Road).  It looks like the entrance to a deserted and neglected resort, because it is.  The area was the Sunrise Resort before the state bought it in 2009 and opened it up in 2014 as Sunrise State Park.  It is across the road from Lake Mini-Ha-Ha at Cave Hill Resort.

    There are some small signs at the entrance put there by the kayak concessionaire, but no official state park sign yet.  It is just north of Machimoodus State Park, which is at 128 Leesville Rd, Moodus.  A GPS address of 121 Leesville Road, Moodus, will get you very close to the entrance to Sunrise Park.  Coordinates for the entrance are 41.505220, -72.476393.  Follow the road, it turns this way and that, but will get you to the water eventually.  (You may see something called Echo Farm Road on the map.  There is no road sign with that on it, so don’t look for a road by that name.)

    To cancel the day of the trip or to let me know if you are running late, text or call to 561 315-0528.

    We will paddle a half mile upstream to the falls and fish ladder and then back downstream three miles or so toward the mouth of the Salmon, exploring Pine Brook and Moodus River and then back.   Figure two to three hours on the water, up to eight miles of paddling.

    There are boat rentals at this park.  Contact Quiet Kayak at https://www.facebook.com/Quiet-Kayak-205843472760567/ or 860 608-9384 for info and reservations.