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


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

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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/

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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.

Oct
14
Sat
Appalachian Trail Day – Paddle Lake Waramaug @ Lake Waramaug
Oct 14 @ 9:15 am – 2:00 pm

Date and Time

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Location

15 Lake Waramaug Rd., Kent,
Connecticut, West of River,
CT

Registration

Registration is not required for this activity. However, you may wish to contact the leader(s) if you have any questions.

Overview

Meet at 9:15 a.m. at the launch in Lake Waramaug State Park, 15 Lake Waramaug Rd., Kent, with an expected launch by 9:30 a.m. Moderate paced 4-hour, 9-mile circuit of the lake. Paddlers must provide their own equipment. There is a short portage from the parking lot to the lake. Bring lunch, snacks, and water. Life jacket must be worn for the trip duration. Due to the cool fall temperatures, wear wicking clothing (no cotton!) and bring an extra set of clothes in a dry bag. Afterwards, drive over to Macedonia Brook State Park for the AT Day BBQ. Trip overview and maps at the links below.

AMC Trip Policy

Cost: Free

Related Link(s):

Lake maps at this link (scroll down to the two links for the lake)
Lake Waramaug trip overview
AT Day BBQ Info

Driving Directions: Rt. 8 to Exit 42 to Rt. 118 West to Rt. 202 West to Rt. 341 West. Left on Rt. 45 South, then right on North Shore Rd. At the end of the lake, left on Lake Waramaug Rd., and the entrance to Lake Waramaug State Park is on the right.

Nov
4
Sat
Paddle Pachaug River, Voluntown @ Beachdale Pond Boat Launch
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Registration required at: https://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/244627693/?rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=244627693&https=on 

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Pachaug River, Voluntown CT

  • Saturday, November 4, 2017

    1:00 PM

  • 115 Ekonk Hill Road, Voluntown, CT

  • Route 49 put-in.  The 115 Ekonk Hill Road, Voluntown, CT,  address in your GPS will get you quite near where the bridge goes over the river.  Launch is on north side of river, east side of road.

    The Pachaug River is a 16.0-mile-long  river arising from the Pachaug State Forest at the Connecticut – Rhode Island border and draining into the Quinebaug River.

Nov
5
Sun
Cold Water Kayaking Class @  Kayak Adventure LLC
Nov 5 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Cold Water Kayaking Class @  Kayak Adventure LLC

Registration required at:  https://www.meetup.com/Sound-Kayakers-Meetup/events/244587499/ 

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Cold Water Kayaking Class

  • Sunday, November 5, 2017

     to 

  • 24 Poplar Street, Norwalk, CT (map)

  • Price: $80.00 /per person

    Refund policy

  • “This is how we do it,” kayaking in winter with drysuits, or wetsuits with paddling pants & jacket on top. Come join my fun class. I won’t be rapping like Montell, but we’ll have a blast trying our gear in the water! Class fee is $80. Cold water gear rental package is $30 for wetsuit, jacket, pants, booties, hood, gloves, pogies. You can rent just the pieces you need. Let me know glove or [neoprene] bootie size ; ) Wetsuit $10, jacket/pants/booties/pogies $5, hood/gloves $3

Mar
18
Sun
Kayak the Saugatuck River @ CT DEEP Saugatuck River Boat Launch
Mar 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Kayak the Saugatuck River @ CT DEEP Saugatuck River Boat Launch

Preregistration required at https://www.meetup.com/Sound-Kayakers-Meetup/events/248517533

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Kayak the Saugatuck River

CT DEEP Saugatuck River Boat Launch, Elaine Rd · Westport, CT

Details

• What we’ll do
We’ll kayak to the mouth of the river, and back upstream with a rising tide to the center of town.

• What to bring
Waterproof means of communication (VHF and/or cell phone), thermos of hot beverage, extra layers in case you get wet or cold. Pump.

• Important to know: wear a drysuit or wetsuit (under suitable layers). Life vest and sprayskirt must be worn. Kayak rentals available to qualified paddlers.

 

Apr
26
Thu
Paddle Roseland Lake and Little River @ Roseland Park
Apr 26 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Registration required at https://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/248230564/

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Roseland Lake and Little River, Woodstock, CT

Roseland Lake

Roseland Park Road · Woodstock, CT

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Details

Flatwater paddling on Roseland Lake, a 96 acre lake located in Woodstock, CT. Public boat access is along the north half of the western shoreline where there is a town park. The park runs along much of the western shoreline. The north shoreline is heavily wooded. The east and south shorelines have light residential development.

From the lake we will go south along the Little River and through Shepard’s Pond to the dam near Peake Brook Road and then back to the launch. The leisurely round trip takes about 2.5 hours.

There is an interesting private nature refuge on the northern end of the lake http://roselandlake.org/zeelandia.htm. And info about the park is at: http://www.roselandpark.org/

The launch is at the northern end of Roseland Park, which lies on the eastern side of Roseland Park Road. Putting 205 Roseland Park Rd, Woodstock, CT, into your GPS will get you close to the park entrance. Follow the road as it winds through the park and at the far north end, keep following the dirt road through the woods to the launch.

The park is located in southeastern Woodstock, on Roseland Park Road (near the intersection of 169 and 171). From I-395, Exit 97 (Route 44), head west on Route 44, turn right on Route 171 north, then turn right on Route 169 north and turn right on Roseland Park Road. Golf Course is on the left, Park is on the right.

Required equipment: PFD, 10-foot length of rope, whistle, headlamp/flashlight (for evening paddles). And be prepared to give your emergency contact number to the host if he or she asks for it.

Apr
27
Fri
Help Needed at Great Gull Island @ Captain John Wadsworth's Dock
Apr 27 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Help Needed at Great Gull Island @ Captain John Wadsworth's Dock

This is short notice, but one of the roofs at Great Gull Island needs some work this coming weekend.  If anyone has roofing experience and would like to go out for the weekend please email hays@amnh.org, or phone at 860-460-0749.

They are also still looking for volunteers to help mark nests on the last two weekends in May and the first weekend in June.  There will be boats leaving Connecticut on Friday at 3 PM Captain John Wadsworth’s dock: 15 First Street, Waterford, CT and returning on Sunday between 3-4 PM.

Conditions are rustic on Great Gull and it is hard work, but it is an amazing place. Great Gull Island is the largest tern colony in the Western Hemisphere and supports more than 10,000 pairs of Common Terns and 1,000 pairs of the federally endangered Roseate Tern.

hays@amnh.org, or phone at 860-460-0749.
Thank you!

Patrick M. Comins
Executive Director
314 Unquowa Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

203-259-0416 x107

www.ctaudubon.org

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Apr
28
Sat
Paddle Mansfield Hollow Lake and Fentenyl R. @ Mansfield Hollow Boat Launch Area
Apr 28 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Registration required at https://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/248230564/

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KAYAK SEASON OPENING LOCATION: MANSFIELD HOLLOW LAKE- FENTENYL RVR + DAM BEACH

Mansfield Hollow Boat Launch Area

300 Bassetts Bridge Road · Mansfield Center, CT

I will be wearing my ORANGE HUNTING HAT at the Boat Ramp.

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Details

Hi Everyone,
Thank You All for your interest and coming with us on this Kayak Season Opening Trip.
All of You joining me on these trips over the years or your first time today is very special to me and please join us into the future so let us Enjoy life sharing the time and activities together.

EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON THE WEATHER CONDITIONS for the best outcome for ALL of us.
Will move the date if conditions are not good enough.

A Low Wind Sunny day of 65*F + air and water warm enough for bare feet for comfort and for control of hypothermia if you fall in at the Half Way Point.

This is a simple trip to get us all together again and on the water.

Boat Ramp Info:

http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2686&q=384092&depNAV_GID=1620

Start paddling by apx 11:30 am..

Paddle up stream to the Fentanyl River Deliverance Bridge for a short stop to meet the Deliverance Hillbilly on the Bridge waiting for any lost kayaker”s that kayak into their Swine Mud Pit and Private Yard.

Then head all the way down to the Dammed Beach through the road tubes for a snack and rest time. We will assess the trip if enough or continue for a bit longer on the return trip to eat sizzeling food that the Hillbilly’s are cooking to Fatten Us Up like Hogs.

Current Weather:

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

Fireside Potluck BBQ : Mansfield Hollow Picnic Grounds are nearby.

Bring your chairs, favourite beverages, and good potluck foods for the BBQ after paddling nearby ..

If the Pavillion is available ? we will use that– If not we set up where we find it is nice enough…Grill, Accessories & EL propano fire pit are loaded up already..

Maybee ? Uconn Dairy Bar is an option for a Sweet Ending for the week if enough are interested when heading home

May
1
Tue
Pine Acres Lake Paddle @ James L. Goodwin State Forest
May 1 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Pine Acres Lake

23 Potter Road · Hampton, CT

https://www.facebook.com/paddlekillingly

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Details

Nice flat-water paddling on a 190-acre lake in Hampton, CT. For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?A=2686&Q=384252.

For more information about the James L. Goodwin State Forest, go to http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?A=2716&Q=437244

Watch for turnoff to boat launch on Potter Road north of Route 6. The address 23 Potter Rd. Hampton, CT, in your GPS should get you close.

Required equipment: PFD, 10-foot length of rope, whistle, headlamp/flashlight (for evening paddles). And be prepared to give your emergency contact number to the host if he or she asks for it.

Two hours or so of leisurely paddling.

May
9
Wed
Paddle Five Mile River @ Water Street Launch
May 9 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Registration required at https://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/248230814/

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Five Mile River upstream from Danielson, CT

Five Mile River

water st · Danielson, CT

https://www.facebook.com/paddlekillingly

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Details

Evening paddle from the launch in Danielson upstream and then back. Launch is at the north end of Water Street near where it meets up with Commerce Avenue. An address of 31 Commerce Avenue, Danielson, CT, will get you close.
Required equipment: PFD, 10-foot length of rope, whistle, headlamp/flashlight (for evening paddles). And be prepared to give your emergency contact number to the host if he or she asks for it

Jun
6
Wed
Paddle Mashapaug Lake (Bigelow Hollow State Park ) @ Mashapaug Lake Bigelow Hollow State Park
Jun 6 @ 6:43 pm – 7:43 pm
Paddle Mashapaug Lake (Bigelow Hollow State Park ) @ Mashapaug Lake Bigelow Hollow State Park

Mashapaug Lake (Bigelow Hollow State Park )

5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Register required at 

Mashapaug Lake (Bigelow Hollow State Park )

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018, 5:30 PM

Bigelow Hollow State Park
288 Bigelow Hollow Rd Union, CT

10 Paddlers Attending

Leisurely flatwater paddle on Mashapaug Lake, a 297-acre lake surrounded by Bigelow Hollow State Park and Nipmuck State Forest in the town of Union. The lake has a maximum depth of 39.5 feet and an average depth of 15 feet. There is a smaller pond at the entrance to the park, this is not the lake. Follow signs to the Boat launch/Mashapaug Lake, onc…

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How to find us: https://www.facebook.com/paddlekillingly

Details

Leisurely flatwater paddle on Mashapaug Lake, a 297-acre lake surrounded by Bigelow Hollow State Park and Nipmuck State Forest in the town of Union. The lake has a maximum depth of 39.5 feet and an average depth of 15 feet.

There is a smaller pond at the entrance to the park, this is not the lake. Follow signs to the Boat launch/Mashapaug Lake, once you enter the park.

Entrance to the park is at 288 Bigelow Hollow Dr. Union, CT.

Park Information http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?A=2716&Q=325174

Required equipment: PFD, 10-foot length of rope, whistle, headlamp/flashlight (for evening paddles). And be prepared to give your emergency contact number to the host if he or she asks for it.

Jun
10
Sun
Paddle For A Cure @ Quinebaug River at the Riverside Park
Jun 10 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Paddle For A Cure @ Quinebaug River at the Riverside Park

Paddle for a Cure

9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Register required at 
https://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/248242589/
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How to find us: https://www.facebook.com/paddlekillingly

Details

Paddle for a Cure is like a walk-a-thon(relay for life) BUT WE WILL BE PADDLING not walking. 100% of the Money we raise goes to Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, CT for the Oncology Department. “Money Raised in this Area to Help People in this Area”.

Paddle will take place on the Quinebaug River

at the Riverside Park in Brooklyn, CT (Greenway Drive off Day Street)

The paddle will be an easy one. It is easy going. This paddle will be good for beginners and up. We will go up river and then back down.

IN 7 YEARS WE HAVE RAISED $64,457 !!! We look for people to raise money (get sponsors) to paddle at the event. There is no minimum. If you raise $50 you will get lunch, a paddle for a cure shirt and a ticket for a chance to win a kayak. we give 1 ticket per $50 you raise, the more you raise the more chances you have to win.

Jun
12
Tue
Paddle Hopeville Pond @ Hopeville Pond State Park
Jun 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Hopeville Pond, Griswold, CT

Registration required at https://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/248263441/

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Details

Flatwater paddling on Hopeville Pond, Griswold, CT. Hopeville Pond is a widened 3 mile section of the Pauchaug River that offers pleasant and relaxing paddling.

The launch is in the campgrounds at Hopeville Pond State Park http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325218

Directions:

Hopeville Pond State Park. Take I-395 old exit 86. Go east on Rt 201, following signs to Hopeville State Park. You can also access from rt 138.

The boat launch is in the campground area, then to the right, NOT at the beach. Please arrive EARLY, as you may have to drop your kayak at launch, drive back to parking and walk a distance back to launch.

Required equipment: PFD, 10-foot length of rope, whistle, headlamp/flashlight (for evening paddles). And be prepared to give your emergency contact number to the host if he or she asks for it.

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

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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/

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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.

Oct
14
Sat
Appalachian Trail Day – Paddle Lake Waramaug @ Lake Waramaug
Oct 14 @ 9:15 am – 2:00 pm

Date and Time

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Location

15 Lake Waramaug Rd., Kent,
Connecticut, West of River,
CT

Registration

Registration is not required for this activity. However, you may wish to contact the leader(s) if you have any questions.

Overview

Meet at 9:15 a.m. at the launch in Lake Waramaug State Park, 15 Lake Waramaug Rd., Kent, with an expected launch by 9:30 a.m. Moderate paced 4-hour, 9-mile circuit of the lake. Paddlers must provide their own equipment. There is a short portage from the parking lot to the lake. Bring lunch, snacks, and water. Life jacket must be worn for the trip duration. Due to the cool fall temperatures, wear wicking clothing (no cotton!) and bring an extra set of clothes in a dry bag. Afterwards, drive over to Macedonia Brook State Park for the AT Day BBQ. Trip overview and maps at the links below.

AMC Trip Policy

Cost: Free

Related Link(s):

Lake maps at this link (scroll down to the two links for the lake)
Lake Waramaug trip overview
AT Day BBQ Info

Driving Directions: Rt. 8 to Exit 42 to Rt. 118 West to Rt. 202 West to Rt. 341 West. Left on Rt. 45 South, then right on North Shore Rd. At the end of the lake, left on Lake Waramaug Rd., and the entrance to Lake Waramaug State Park is on the right.

Nov
4
Sat
Paddle Pachaug River, Voluntown @ Beachdale Pond Boat Launch
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Registration required at: https://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/244627693/?rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=244627693&https=on 

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Pachaug River, Voluntown CT

  • Saturday, November 4, 2017

    1:00 PM

  • 115 Ekonk Hill Road, Voluntown, CT

  • Route 49 put-in.  The 115 Ekonk Hill Road, Voluntown, CT,  address in your GPS will get you quite near where the bridge goes over the river.  Launch is on north side of river, east side of road.

    The Pachaug River is a 16.0-mile-long  river arising from the Pachaug State Forest at the Connecticut – Rhode Island border and draining into the Quinebaug River.

Nov
5
Sun
Cold Water Kayaking Class @  Kayak Adventure LLC
Nov 5 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Cold Water Kayaking Class @  Kayak Adventure LLC

Registration required at:  https://www.meetup.com/Sound-Kayakers-Meetup/events/244587499/ 

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

Cold Water Kayaking Class

  • Sunday, November 5, 2017

     to 

  • 24 Poplar Street, Norwalk, CT (map)

  • Price: $80.00 /per person

    Refund policy

  • “This is how we do it,” kayaking in winter with drysuits, or wetsuits with paddling pants & jacket on top. Come join my fun class. I won’t be rapping like Montell, but we’ll have a blast trying our gear in the water! Class fee is $80. Cold water gear rental package is $30 for wetsuit, jacket, pants, booties, hood, gloves, pogies. You can rent just the pieces you need. Let me know glove or [neoprene] bootie size ; ) Wetsuit $10, jacket/pants/booties/pogies $5, hood/gloves $3

Mar
18
Sun
Kayak the Saugatuck River @ CT DEEP Saugatuck River Boat Launch
Mar 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Kayak the Saugatuck River @ CT DEEP Saugatuck River Boat Launch

Preregistration required at https://www.meetup.com/Sound-Kayakers-Meetup/events/248517533

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

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Kayak the Saugatuck River

CT DEEP Saugatuck River Boat Launch, Elaine Rd · Westport, CT

Details

• What we’ll do
We’ll kayak to the mouth of the river, and back upstream with a rising tide to the center of town.

• What to bring
Waterproof means of communication (VHF and/or cell phone), thermos of hot beverage, extra layers in case you get wet or cold. Pump.

• Important to know: wear a drysuit or wetsuit (under suitable layers). Life vest and sprayskirt must be worn. Kayak rentals available to qualified paddlers.

 

Apr
26
Thu
Paddle Roseland Lake and Little River @ Roseland Park
Apr 26 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Registration required at https://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/248230564/

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Roseland Lake and Little River, Woodstock, CT

Roseland Lake

Roseland Park Road · Woodstock, CT

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Flatwater paddling on Roseland Lake, a 96 acre lake located in Woodstock, CT. Public boat access is along the north half of the western shoreline where there is a town park. The park runs along much of the western shoreline. The north shoreline is heavily wooded. The east and south shorelines have light residential development.

From the lake we will go south along the Little River and through Shepard’s Pond to the dam near Peake Brook Road and then back to the launch. The leisurely round trip takes about 2.5 hours.

There is an interesting private nature refuge on the northern end of the lake http://roselandlake.org/zeelandia.htm. And info about the park is at: http://www.roselandpark.org/

The launch is at the northern end of Roseland Park, which lies on the eastern side of Roseland Park Road. Putting 205 Roseland Park Rd, Woodstock, CT, into your GPS will get you close to the park entrance. Follow the road as it winds through the park and at the far north end, keep following the dirt road through the woods to the launch.

The park is located in southeastern Woodstock, on Roseland Park Road (near the intersection of 169 and 171). From I-395, Exit 97 (Route 44), head west on Route 44, turn right on Route 171 north, then turn right on Route 169 north and turn right on Roseland Park Road. Golf Course is on the left, Park is on the right.

Required equipment: PFD, 10-foot length of rope, whistle, headlamp/flashlight (for evening paddles). And be prepared to give your emergency contact number to the host if he or she asks for it.

Apr
27
Fri
Help Needed at Great Gull Island @ Captain John Wadsworth's Dock
Apr 27 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Help Needed at Great Gull Island @ Captain John Wadsworth's Dock

This is short notice, but one of the roofs at Great Gull Island needs some work this coming weekend.  If anyone has roofing experience and would like to go out for the weekend please email hays@amnh.org, or phone at 860-460-0749.

They are also still looking for volunteers to help mark nests on the last two weekends in May and the first weekend in June.  There will be boats leaving Connecticut on Friday at 3 PM Captain John Wadsworth’s dock: 15 First Street, Waterford, CT and returning on Sunday between 3-4 PM.

Conditions are rustic on Great Gull and it is hard work, but it is an amazing place. Great Gull Island is the largest tern colony in the Western Hemisphere and supports more than 10,000 pairs of Common Terns and 1,000 pairs of the federally endangered Roseate Tern.

hays@amnh.org, or phone at 860-460-0749.
Thank you!

Patrick M. Comins
Executive Director
314 Unquowa Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

203-259-0416 x107

www.ctaudubon.org

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Apr
28
Sat
Paddle Mansfield Hollow Lake and Fentenyl R. @ Mansfield Hollow Boat Launch Area
Apr 28 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

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KAYAK SEASON OPENING LOCATION: MANSFIELD HOLLOW LAKE- FENTENYL RVR + DAM BEACH

Mansfield Hollow Boat Launch Area

300 Bassetts Bridge Road · Mansfield Center, CT

I will be wearing my ORANGE HUNTING HAT at the Boat Ramp.

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Hi Everyone,
Thank You All for your interest and coming with us on this Kayak Season Opening Trip.
All of You joining me on these trips over the years or your first time today is very special to me and please join us into the future so let us Enjoy life sharing the time and activities together.

EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON THE WEATHER CONDITIONS for the best outcome for ALL of us.
Will move the date if conditions are not good enough.

A Low Wind Sunny day of 65*F + air and water warm enough for bare feet for comfort and for control of hypothermia if you fall in at the Half Way Point.

This is a simple trip to get us all together again and on the water.

Boat Ramp Info:

http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2686&q=384092&depNAV_GID=1620

Start paddling by apx 11:30 am..

Paddle up stream to the Fentanyl River Deliverance Bridge for a short stop to meet the Deliverance Hillbilly on the Bridge waiting for any lost kayaker”s that kayak into their Swine Mud Pit and Private Yard.

Then head all the way down to the Dammed Beach through the road tubes for a snack and rest time. We will assess the trip if enough or continue for a bit longer on the return trip to eat sizzeling food that the Hillbilly’s are cooking to Fatten Us Up like Hogs.

Current Weather:

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

Fireside Potluck BBQ : Mansfield Hollow Picnic Grounds are nearby.

Bring your chairs, favourite beverages, and good potluck foods for the BBQ after paddling nearby ..

If the Pavillion is available ? we will use that– If not we set up where we find it is nice enough…Grill, Accessories & EL propano fire pit are loaded up already..

Maybee ? Uconn Dairy Bar is an option for a Sweet Ending for the week if enough are interested when heading home

May
1
Tue
Pine Acres Lake Paddle @ James L. Goodwin State Forest
May 1 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Pine Acres Lake

23 Potter Road · Hampton, CT

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Nice flat-water paddling on a 190-acre lake in Hampton, CT. For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?A=2686&Q=384252.

For more information about the James L. Goodwin State Forest, go to http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?A=2716&Q=437244

Watch for turnoff to boat launch on Potter Road north of Route 6. The address 23 Potter Rd. Hampton, CT, in your GPS should get you close.

Required equipment: PFD, 10-foot length of rope, whistle, headlamp/flashlight (for evening paddles). And be prepared to give your emergency contact number to the host if he or she asks for it.

Two hours or so of leisurely paddling.

May
9
Wed
Paddle Five Mile River @ Water Street Launch
May 9 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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Five Mile River upstream from Danielson, CT

Five Mile River

water st · Danielson, CT

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Evening paddle from the launch in Danielson upstream and then back. Launch is at the north end of Water Street near where it meets up with Commerce Avenue. An address of 31 Commerce Avenue, Danielson, CT, will get you close.
Required equipment: PFD, 10-foot length of rope, whistle, headlamp/flashlight (for evening paddles). And be prepared to give your emergency contact number to the host if he or she asks for it

Jun
6
Wed
Paddle Mashapaug Lake (Bigelow Hollow State Park ) @ Mashapaug Lake Bigelow Hollow State Park
Jun 6 @ 6:43 pm – 7:43 pm
Paddle Mashapaug Lake (Bigelow Hollow State Park ) @ Mashapaug Lake Bigelow Hollow State Park

Mashapaug Lake (Bigelow Hollow State Park )

5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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Mashapaug Lake (Bigelow Hollow State Park )

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018, 5:30 PM

Bigelow Hollow State Park
288 Bigelow Hollow Rd Union, CT

10 Paddlers Attending

Leisurely flatwater paddle on Mashapaug Lake, a 297-acre lake surrounded by Bigelow Hollow State Park and Nipmuck State Forest in the town of Union. The lake has a maximum depth of 39.5 feet and an average depth of 15 feet. There is a smaller pond at the entrance to the park, this is not the lake. Follow signs to the Boat launch/Mashapaug Lake, onc…

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Leisurely flatwater paddle on Mashapaug Lake, a 297-acre lake surrounded by Bigelow Hollow State Park and Nipmuck State Forest in the town of Union. The lake has a maximum depth of 39.5 feet and an average depth of 15 feet.

There is a smaller pond at the entrance to the park, this is not the lake. Follow signs to the Boat launch/Mashapaug Lake, once you enter the park.

Entrance to the park is at 288 Bigelow Hollow Dr. Union, CT.

Park Information http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?A=2716&Q=325174

Required equipment: PFD, 10-foot length of rope, whistle, headlamp/flashlight (for evening paddles). And be prepared to give your emergency contact number to the host if he or she asks for it.

Jun
10
Sun
Paddle For A Cure @ Quinebaug River at the Riverside Park
Jun 10 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Paddle For A Cure @ Quinebaug River at the Riverside Park

Paddle for a Cure

9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

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Paddle for a Cure is like a walk-a-thon(relay for life) BUT WE WILL BE PADDLING not walking. 100% of the Money we raise goes to Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, CT for the Oncology Department. “Money Raised in this Area to Help People in this Area”.

Paddle will take place on the Quinebaug River

at the Riverside Park in Brooklyn, CT (Greenway Drive off Day Street)

The paddle will be an easy one. It is easy going. This paddle will be good for beginners and up. We will go up river and then back down.

IN 7 YEARS WE HAVE RAISED $64,457 !!! We look for people to raise money (get sponsors) to paddle at the event. There is no minimum. If you raise $50 you will get lunch, a paddle for a cure shirt and a ticket for a chance to win a kayak. we give 1 ticket per $50 you raise, the more you raise the more chances you have to win.

Jun
12
Tue
Paddle Hopeville Pond @ Hopeville Pond State Park
Jun 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Hopeville Pond, Griswold, CT

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Flatwater paddling on Hopeville Pond, Griswold, CT. Hopeville Pond is a widened 3 mile section of the Pauchaug River that offers pleasant and relaxing paddling.

The launch is in the campgrounds at Hopeville Pond State Park http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325218

Directions:

Hopeville Pond State Park. Take I-395 old exit 86. Go east on Rt 201, following signs to Hopeville State Park. You can also access from rt 138.

The boat launch is in the campground area, then to the right, NOT at the beach. Please arrive EARLY, as you may have to drop your kayak at launch, drive back to parking and walk a distance back to launch.

Required equipment: PFD, 10-foot length of rope, whistle, headlamp/flashlight (for evening paddles). And be prepared to give your emergency contact number to the host if he or she asks for it.