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


May
25
Sat
Quinebaug R: Fayban CT to W. Thompson Dam with Paddle Killingly @ Fabyan Rd. Canoe launch
May 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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Registration required at https://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/237303765/

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

Quinebaug River from Fayban CT to W. Thompson Dam Rescheduled

Fabyan Road Canoe Launch,  Fabyan Road · Quinebaug, CT

From Paddle Killingly

Details

This trip requires a car shuttle. We will meet at launch point and shuttle cars to the finish at the West Thompson Dam boat ramp as needed. This trip should take about 2 hours.

Launch Point: River Mile 22.0. A GPS address of 568 Fabyan Road, Thompson CT, will get you close. From CT Route 131, the launch is .6 mile south on
Fabyan Woodstock Road, on the left just before the bridge. Watch for
the brown sign: Fabyan Dam Canoe Launch.

Finish: River Mile 27.8. The boat ramp on West Thompson Lake in North Grosvenor Dale. It is at the end of West Thompson Lake Recreation Road, which is off of Reardon Road. A GPS of 341 Reardon Road, North Grosvenor Dale CT, will get you close to the turnoff.

This paddle will involve some fast water sections with minimal rapids. Some paddling experience on rivers is recommended for this trip.

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.

For complete information about this and other sections of the Quinebaug River Trail, go to: http://www.americantrails.org/NRTDatabase/trailDocuments/3846_52_QuinebaugRiverPaddleGuide2012.pdf

Registration required at https://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/237303765/,  (free membership with Meetup.com may be necessary to view the website.)

Ribbon Cutting at “The Bend” – a new Housatonic River access location @ Just downstream from the Covered Bridge
May 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting at “The Bend”
Please join us on May 25th…
WHEN: Saturday, May 25th at 2pm
WHERE: “The Bend” in West Cornwall, CT (along the Housatonic River just downstream from the Covered Bridge on Lower River Road
WHO: Everyone! Please join us to celebrate the opening of the new river access site on our beloved Housatonic!

 

A new river access site is opening on the Housatonic River. In the works for over a decade, the ribbon-cutting is set for Saturday, May 25, at 2pm at “The Bend” of the Housatonic River in West Cornwall.
All are invited to enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers, and a brief dedication ceremony with HVA Watershed Conservation Director Mike Jastremski, Cornwall First Selectman Gordon Ridgway, representatives from property owner Eversource Energy, the Housatonic River Commission and project designer and contractor Earth Tones Native Landscaping. Experienced boaters are encouraged to join a short paddle from The Bend down to Housatonic Meadows State Park to mark the occasion, as conditions permit.
This project was made possible with a grant from the Housatonic River Natural Resources Damages Fund Trustees including the National Fish and Wildlife Service (NFWF), Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The funds were initially awarded to HVA in 2007 on behalf of a partnership including the Housatonic Fly Fishermen’s Association (HFFA), the Town of Cornwall, Connecticut Light and Power and CT DEEP. Plans included an all-abilities-accessible fishing platform extending into the Housatonic River but subsequent engineering analysis revealed that the site was not appropriate for construction in the river channel. The plan was modified to a more traditional car-top boat launch to minimize impact to the river and adjacent wetlands, and HVA worked with residents, local organizations and state and town leaders to incorporate measures to reduce runoff and erosion from the existing site; remove invasive plants and restore native trees and shrubs; upgrade the access ramp to accommodate the Cornwall Fire Department’s river rescue boat in emergencies; and install an interpretive kiosk and a concrete pad for a portable toilet. More than 50 Cornwall residents unanimously approved the updated plans at a Town Meeting in August of 2018, and construction was completed a few months later in December.
The completed project provides safe access for boating and fishing, addresses runoff issues that had persisted at the site for decades, restores riverside wildlife habitat and provides parking for people visiting West Cornwall.
“The perseverance of everyone involved in seeing this project through from concept to construction is truly amazing” Jastremski said. “This project is a success because of all the folks who helped improve the plan over the years. We thank everyone involved and especially Cornwall’s staff and officials, our original consulting engineer Kleinshmidt, the folks at HFFA, the NRD Trustees, Eversource Energy, the Housatonic River Commission, Earth Tones, the Housatonic Environmental Action League, Connecticut Department of Historic and Cultural Resources, the Northwest Conservation District, and many, many Cornwall residents, too many to name here.”
Jun
1
Sat
CT Trails Day (s)
Jun 1 all-day

CT Trails Day is June 1st and 2nd!

Click the pic for the online event list
Click the pic for the online event list

It’s time to get outside and play! All events are free, with guided activities happening in towns across the state on Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2. CT Trails Day is just around the corner and with over 225 free events scheduled, the hardest part is choosing what to do.

All CT Trails Day events are free, open to all, and guided by people who are knowledgeable about each site. Events include hiking, biking, horseback riding, running, trail maintenance, kayaking, educational walks, bird watching, letterboxing, geocaching, and more for people of all ages and interests. Events registered prior to March 15 are listed in the Connecticut Trails Day booklet available at town/city halls, nature centers, state parks, outdoor retailers, public libraries, and at CFPA’s headquarters located at 16 Meriden Road (Route 66) in the Rockfall section of Middlefield. A full listing and any updates of all events, sortable by town, activity, and interest, can be found online. So check out this year’s interactive event directory.

2018 Photo Gallery

Click HERE to see our gallery of photos from Trails Day 2018. See how many ways there are to lead an event! Join in the fun this June.

Here is a COPY of their paddle events from their calendar (as of May 6). Be sure to check back with CFPA, there may be more added.

Old Saybrook Oyster River Saturday, June 1 10:30am – 12:30pm Paddle
Cromwell Mattabessett River Sunday, June 2 10:00am – 1:00pm Paddle
East Lyme Niantic River Saturday, June 1 10:00am – 1:00pm Paddle
Cromwell Three River Paddle Sunday, June 2 9:00am – 12:00pm Paddle
Old Lyme Lieutenant River Sunday, June 2 9:30am – 1:00pm Paddle
Union Mashapaug Pond Paddle Saturday, June 1 10:00am – 3:00pm Paddle
Wethersfield Wethersfield Cove (Novice level) Sunday, June 2 10:00am – 11:30am Paddle
Putnam Quinebaug River Trail Sunday, June 2 9:00am – 12:00pm Paddle
Westport Sherwood Island State Park/ Kayak Paddle Saturday, June 1 9:00am – 12:00pm Paddle
Middletown Learn to Row Sunday, June 2 10:00am – 2:00pm Paddle
Glastonbury Connecticut River, Crow Point Cove and Keeney Cove Saturday, June 1 2:00pm – 3:30pm Paddle
Wethersfield Wethersfield Cove (Intermediate level) Sunday, June 2 9:00am – 11:00am Paddle
Jun
2
Sun
CT Trails Day (s)
Jun 2 all-day

CT Trails Day is June 1st and 2nd!

Click the pic for the online event list
Click the pic for the online event list

It’s time to get outside and play! All events are free, with guided activities happening in towns across the state on Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2. CT Trails Day is just around the corner and with over 225 free events scheduled, the hardest part is choosing what to do.

All CT Trails Day events are free, open to all, and guided by people who are knowledgeable about each site. Events include hiking, biking, horseback riding, running, trail maintenance, kayaking, educational walks, bird watching, letterboxing, geocaching, and more for people of all ages and interests. Events registered prior to March 15 are listed in the Connecticut Trails Day booklet available at town/city halls, nature centers, state parks, outdoor retailers, public libraries, and at CFPA’s headquarters located at 16 Meriden Road (Route 66) in the Rockfall section of Middlefield. A full listing and any updates of all events, sortable by town, activity, and interest, can be found online. So check out this year’s interactive event directory.

2018 Photo Gallery Click HERE to see our gallery of photos from Trails Day 2018. 

Here is a COPY of the paddle events from their calendar (as of May 6).
Be sure to check back with CFPA, there may be more.

Old Saybrook Oyster River Saturday, June 1 10:30am – 12:30pm Paddle
Cromwell Mattabessett River Sunday, June 2 10:00am – 1:00pm Paddle
East Lyme Niantic River Saturday, June 1 10:00am – 1:00pm Paddle
Cromwell Three River Paddle Sunday, June 2 9:00am – 12:00pm Paddle
Old Lyme Lieutenant River Sunday, June 2 9:30am – 1:00pm Paddle
Union Mashapaug Pond Paddle Saturday, June 1 10:00am – 3:00pm Paddle
Wethersfield Wethersfield Cove (Novice level) Sunday, June 2 10:00am – 11:30am Paddle
Putnam Quinebaug River Trail Sunday, June 2 9:00am – 12:00pm Paddle
Westport Sherwood Island State Park/ Kayak Paddle Saturday, June 1 9:00am – 12:00pm Paddle
Middletown Learn to Row Sunday, June 2 10:00am – 2:00pm Paddle
Glastonbury Connecticut River, Crow Point Cove and Keeney Cove Saturday, June 1 2:00pm – 3:30pm Paddle
Wethersfield Wethersfield Cove (Intermediate level) Sunday, June 2 9:00am – 11:00am Paddle

May
25
Sat
Quinebaug R: Fayban CT to W. Thompson Dam with Paddle Killingly @ Fabyan Rd. Canoe launch
May 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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Registration required at https://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/237303765/

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

Quinebaug River from Fayban CT to W. Thompson Dam Rescheduled

Fabyan Road Canoe Launch,  Fabyan Road · Quinebaug, CT

From Paddle Killingly

Details

This trip requires a car shuttle. We will meet at launch point and shuttle cars to the finish at the West Thompson Dam boat ramp as needed. This trip should take about 2 hours.

Launch Point: River Mile 22.0. A GPS address of 568 Fabyan Road, Thompson CT, will get you close. From CT Route 131, the launch is .6 mile south on
Fabyan Woodstock Road, on the left just before the bridge. Watch for
the brown sign: Fabyan Dam Canoe Launch.

Finish: River Mile 27.8. The boat ramp on West Thompson Lake in North Grosvenor Dale. It is at the end of West Thompson Lake Recreation Road, which is off of Reardon Road. A GPS of 341 Reardon Road, North Grosvenor Dale CT, will get you close to the turnoff.

This paddle will involve some fast water sections with minimal rapids. Some paddling experience on rivers is recommended for this trip.

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.

For complete information about this and other sections of the Quinebaug River Trail, go to: http://www.americantrails.org/NRTDatabase/trailDocuments/3846_52_QuinebaugRiverPaddleGuide2012.pdf

Registration required at https://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/237303765/,  (free membership with Meetup.com may be necessary to view the website.)

Ribbon Cutting at “The Bend” – a new Housatonic River access location @ Just downstream from the Covered Bridge
May 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting at “The Bend”
Please join us on May 25th…
WHEN: Saturday, May 25th at 2pm
WHERE: “The Bend” in West Cornwall, CT (along the Housatonic River just downstream from the Covered Bridge on Lower River Road
WHO: Everyone! Please join us to celebrate the opening of the new river access site on our beloved Housatonic!

 

A new river access site is opening on the Housatonic River. In the works for over a decade, the ribbon-cutting is set for Saturday, May 25, at 2pm at “The Bend” of the Housatonic River in West Cornwall.
All are invited to enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers, and a brief dedication ceremony with HVA Watershed Conservation Director Mike Jastremski, Cornwall First Selectman Gordon Ridgway, representatives from property owner Eversource Energy, the Housatonic River Commission and project designer and contractor Earth Tones Native Landscaping. Experienced boaters are encouraged to join a short paddle from The Bend down to Housatonic Meadows State Park to mark the occasion, as conditions permit.
This project was made possible with a grant from the Housatonic River Natural Resources Damages Fund Trustees including the National Fish and Wildlife Service (NFWF), Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The funds were initially awarded to HVA in 2007 on behalf of a partnership including the Housatonic Fly Fishermen’s Association (HFFA), the Town of Cornwall, Connecticut Light and Power and CT DEEP. Plans included an all-abilities-accessible fishing platform extending into the Housatonic River but subsequent engineering analysis revealed that the site was not appropriate for construction in the river channel. The plan was modified to a more traditional car-top boat launch to minimize impact to the river and adjacent wetlands, and HVA worked with residents, local organizations and state and town leaders to incorporate measures to reduce runoff and erosion from the existing site; remove invasive plants and restore native trees and shrubs; upgrade the access ramp to accommodate the Cornwall Fire Department’s river rescue boat in emergencies; and install an interpretive kiosk and a concrete pad for a portable toilet. More than 50 Cornwall residents unanimously approved the updated plans at a Town Meeting in August of 2018, and construction was completed a few months later in December.
The completed project provides safe access for boating and fishing, addresses runoff issues that had persisted at the site for decades, restores riverside wildlife habitat and provides parking for people visiting West Cornwall.
“The perseverance of everyone involved in seeing this project through from concept to construction is truly amazing” Jastremski said. “This project is a success because of all the folks who helped improve the plan over the years. We thank everyone involved and especially Cornwall’s staff and officials, our original consulting engineer Kleinshmidt, the folks at HFFA, the NRD Trustees, Eversource Energy, the Housatonic River Commission, Earth Tones, the Housatonic Environmental Action League, Connecticut Department of Historic and Cultural Resources, the Northwest Conservation District, and many, many Cornwall residents, too many to name here.”
Jun
1
Sat
CT Trails Day (s)
Jun 1 all-day

CT Trails Day is June 1st and 2nd!

Click the pic for the online event list
Click the pic for the online event list

It’s time to get outside and play! All events are free, with guided activities happening in towns across the state on Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2. CT Trails Day is just around the corner and with over 225 free events scheduled, the hardest part is choosing what to do.

All CT Trails Day events are free, open to all, and guided by people who are knowledgeable about each site. Events include hiking, biking, horseback riding, running, trail maintenance, kayaking, educational walks, bird watching, letterboxing, geocaching, and more for people of all ages and interests. Events registered prior to March 15 are listed in the Connecticut Trails Day booklet available at town/city halls, nature centers, state parks, outdoor retailers, public libraries, and at CFPA’s headquarters located at 16 Meriden Road (Route 66) in the Rockfall section of Middlefield. A full listing and any updates of all events, sortable by town, activity, and interest, can be found online. So check out this year’s interactive event directory.

2018 Photo Gallery

Click HERE to see our gallery of photos from Trails Day 2018. See how many ways there are to lead an event! Join in the fun this June.

Here is a COPY of their paddle events from their calendar (as of May 6). Be sure to check back with CFPA, there may be more added.

Old Saybrook Oyster River Saturday, June 1 10:30am – 12:30pm Paddle
Cromwell Mattabessett River Sunday, June 2 10:00am – 1:00pm Paddle
East Lyme Niantic River Saturday, June 1 10:00am – 1:00pm Paddle
Cromwell Three River Paddle Sunday, June 2 9:00am – 12:00pm Paddle
Old Lyme Lieutenant River Sunday, June 2 9:30am – 1:00pm Paddle
Union Mashapaug Pond Paddle Saturday, June 1 10:00am – 3:00pm Paddle
Wethersfield Wethersfield Cove (Novice level) Sunday, June 2 10:00am – 11:30am Paddle
Putnam Quinebaug River Trail Sunday, June 2 9:00am – 12:00pm Paddle
Westport Sherwood Island State Park/ Kayak Paddle Saturday, June 1 9:00am – 12:00pm Paddle
Middletown Learn to Row Sunday, June 2 10:00am – 2:00pm Paddle
Glastonbury Connecticut River, Crow Point Cove and Keeney Cove Saturday, June 1 2:00pm – 3:30pm Paddle
Wethersfield Wethersfield Cove (Intermediate level) Sunday, June 2 9:00am – 11:00am Paddle
Jun
2
Sun
CT Trails Day (s)
Jun 2 all-day

CT Trails Day is June 1st and 2nd!

Click the pic for the online event list
Click the pic for the online event list

It’s time to get outside and play! All events are free, with guided activities happening in towns across the state on Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2. CT Trails Day is just around the corner and with over 225 free events scheduled, the hardest part is choosing what to do.

All CT Trails Day events are free, open to all, and guided by people who are knowledgeable about each site. Events include hiking, biking, horseback riding, running, trail maintenance, kayaking, educational walks, bird watching, letterboxing, geocaching, and more for people of all ages and interests. Events registered prior to March 15 are listed in the Connecticut Trails Day booklet available at town/city halls, nature centers, state parks, outdoor retailers, public libraries, and at CFPA’s headquarters located at 16 Meriden Road (Route 66) in the Rockfall section of Middlefield. A full listing and any updates of all events, sortable by town, activity, and interest, can be found online. So check out this year’s interactive event directory.

2018 Photo Gallery Click HERE to see our gallery of photos from Trails Day 2018. 

Here is a COPY of the paddle events from their calendar (as of May 6).
Be sure to check back with CFPA, there may be more.

Old Saybrook Oyster River Saturday, June 1 10:30am – 12:30pm Paddle
Cromwell Mattabessett River Sunday, June 2 10:00am – 1:00pm Paddle
East Lyme Niantic River Saturday, June 1 10:00am – 1:00pm Paddle
Cromwell Three River Paddle Sunday, June 2 9:00am – 12:00pm Paddle
Old Lyme Lieutenant River Sunday, June 2 9:30am – 1:00pm Paddle
Union Mashapaug Pond Paddle Saturday, June 1 10:00am – 3:00pm Paddle
Wethersfield Wethersfield Cove (Novice level) Sunday, June 2 10:00am – 11:30am Paddle
Putnam Quinebaug River Trail Sunday, June 2 9:00am – 12:00pm Paddle
Westport Sherwood Island State Park/ Kayak Paddle Saturday, June 1 9:00am – 12:00pm Paddle
Middletown Learn to Row Sunday, June 2 10:00am – 2:00pm Paddle
Glastonbury Connecticut River, Crow Point Cove and Keeney Cove Saturday, June 1 2:00pm – 3:30pm Paddle
Wethersfield Wethersfield Cove (Intermediate level) Sunday, June 2 9:00am – 11:00am Paddle