Paddle Salmon River, Moodus

September 17, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
 Sunrise State Park
121 Leesville Road
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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 or 860 608-9384 for info and reservations.