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Water Trails Events in CT

 

East River Paddle May 7, 2017

Clinton Landing Paddle May 13, 2017

Register Your Connecticut Trails Day Event (June 3 or 4) ! May 15, 2017

Branford River Paddle May 17, 2017

East River Paddle May 20, 2017

Harbor Park Mattabessett River Paddle May 21, 2017

4 Mile River Old Lyme Paddle May 27, 2017

Branford River Paddle May 28, 2017

Thimble Island Paddle June 3, 2017

Blacks River Paddle June 4, 2017

Paddle the Thimbles June 7, 2017

Harbor park moonlight paddle June 10, 2017

Bluff Point Moonlight Paddle June 10, 2017

Connecticut River Baldwin Bridge Paddle June 11, 2017

Salmon River Paddle June 17, 2017

Paddle the Thimbles June 18, 2017

4 Mile River Old Lyme Paddle June 24, 2017

WEC's Future Now Expo! June 24, 2017

Connecticut River / Goodspeed Paddle June 25, 2017

Lake Zoar Paddle July 9, 2017

Baldwin Bridge, CT River Paddle July 12, 2017

 

Other paddling event calendars:
ConnYAK at http://www.connyak.org/Yakevents.htm
Paddle Killingly at http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/calendar/?scroll=true#calendar


East River Paddle

Sunday, May 7, 2017 10:00 AM East River State Boat Launch Circle Beach Road, Guilford, CT East River Guilford/Madison East River paddle, Connecticut state boat Launch. This site is paved and will accommodate 25 cars; it has sanitary facilities in season. Parking area floods at high tide. The East river is a nice quiet paddle that meanders through marshes and residential areas, under highways and railroad tracks. There is plenty of wildlife to see with birds, shell fish, and turtles in abundance. This is a class 1 paddle under normal conditions and can last 3 or 4 hours depending on speed and the distance you want to paddle. As with most of our paddles the direction, distance and time is determined by the group. There are several places on Route 1 you can stop after for a bite to eat if you’d like to socialize. I have paddled this many times in summer, fall and winter and I find it a very relaxing area to paddle. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: May 7, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236578150/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 490)


Clinton Landing Paddle

Saturday, May 13, 2017 10:00 AM Clinton Landing 54 East Main Street, Clinton, CT ClintonTown Landing This site is behind the Clinton Town Hall and has a large paved parking lot, a deck leading down to the dock as well as a gazebo with picnic tables and food trucks in season. The easiest way to get boats to the dock is to bring them to the railing by the ramp down to the dock and lift them over the fence and then carry them down to the dock. You can get to the Hammonasset River from here by going to the right by the marinas when you get out near the river mouth. This goes past the marinas, past Hammonasset State Park and under route 1. If you are careful in picking your landing spot there is a place to stop and rest right after you go under route 1. This is usually a class 1 paddle and can go for several miles up river depending on how far you want to paddle. The other route from this launch would be out to the Sound and to the right you can go by Hammonasset beach and to the left you can follow the coast toward Saybrook. This paddle is rated from 2 to 4 depending on ocean conditions at the time. Direction, distance and time is determined by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: May 13, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236578260/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 577)


Register Your Connecticut Trails Day Event (June 3 or 4) !

2017 Connecticut Trails Day Event Registration By: Chuck Toal - Trails Day Coordinator . Folks Enjoying the Tree Walk at Cedar Hill DID YOU KNOW that Connecticut Trails Day is the largest Trails Day Celebration in the country? And it's all because of your commitment to sharing your passion for trails with others! Join us for 2017 Trails Day by hosting an event on June 3rd or 4th, and together we'll encourage folks to get their hearts pumping by enjoying the thousands of miles of trails Connecticut has to offer. Click here for Seven Reasons why you should plan your own Trails Day Event First, here's what you need to know when planning your event: •Events must be FREE, open to the public, and take place on Saturday, June 3 or Sunday, June 4, 2016. •Hikes, walks, trail runs, rides, paddles, letterboxing/geocaching, and trail work parties are welcome. •Bike and equestrian rides must be held on authorized multi-use trails; participants are required to wear safety gear. •Paddle participants are required to wear an approved personal flotation device. •Once registered you'll receive an event leader packet with additional details, including an outing sign-in sheet. •Event leaders are asked to submit their outing sign-in sheets to CFPA. •All event submissions will be subject to proofing/editing prior to publishing. •Submitters will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours of submitting the online form. Save that email! •If you don't see the email, don't forget to check your email Junk Mailbox too. If there is still no confirmation email, your event may not have gone through. Please contact Chuck Toal at trailsday@ctwoodlands.org to confirm that your online submission was received. Phew…that just about covers it. So register your event below, today! Event submissions must be received by May 15, 2017 to be included in the enhanced, comprehensive 2017 CT Trails Day online directory of events.

Event Date: May 15, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ctwoodlands.org/ct-trails-weekend/2017-connecticut-trails-day-event-registration

(posted January 30, 2017, number 428)


Branford River Paddle

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:00 AM Branford River Goodsell Point Rd Across from the Branford Yacht Club Branford, CT BranfordState Boat Launch Branford State Boat Launch was refurbished during the 2016 season and has a nice large parking area with sanity facilities provided in season. It is on the Branford River and you can go upriver or downriver to the Sound. The up river paddle is best at high tide due to some shallow areas. The river meanders for miles mostly through developed areas. This is usually a class 1 paddle. The route to the sound goes through several marinas past The Hospice in Branford and out around Indian Neck. If you head right from here you can head for Kelsey Island, The Farm River, East Haven, Lighthouse Park, and the mouth of the Quinnipiac River. If you go left at the mouth of the Branford River you go around Indian Neck and head towards Stony Creek and the Thimble Islands. These ocean routes are rated 2 to 4 depending on ocean conditions. Like most of our tips the direction, distance and duration are determined by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: May 17, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236578345/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 495)


East River Paddle

Saturday, May 20, 2017 10:00 AM East River State Boat Launch Circle Beach Road, Guilford, CT East River Guilford/Madison East River paddle, Connecticut state boat Launch. This site is paved and will accommodate 25 cars; it has sanitary facilities in season. Parking area floods at high tide. The East river is a nice quiet paddle that meanders through marshes and residential areas, under highways and railroad tracks. There is plenty of wildlife to see with birds, shell fish, and turtles in abundance. This is a class 1 paddle under normal conditions and can last 3 or 4 hours depending on speed and the distance you want to paddle. As with most of our paddles the direction, distance and time is determined by the group. There are several places on Route 1 you can stop after for a bite to eat if you’d like to socialize. I have paddled this many times in summer, fall and winter and I find it a very relaxing area to paddle. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: May 20, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236578361/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 573)


Harbor Park Mattabessett River Paddle

Sunday, May 21, 2017 10:00 AM Harbor Park 80 Harbor Drive, Middletown, CT HarborPark / MattabassettRiver 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 if there are sanitary facilities other than at the restaurant. From the paved launch you proceed up river and under the Arigoni Bridge and to the left side of the island. A short way up there is a river overpass on the left; this is the mouth of the Mattabassett River. The Mattabassett River meanders through marsh area along side of Route 9 and runs several miles. This is a serene area to paddle in spite of its proximity to the highway with many beautiful plants and animal species to observe. The hardest part of this paddle is the stretch from the boat ramp to the mouth of the Mattabassett River this 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. The Mattabassett River usually is rated from 1 to 2 except in the flood season. There is an alternate entry point to the Mattabassett River behind the Dunkin Donuts in Cromwell. There is little parking there and boats must be carried to the river down a dirt path. As with most all our paddles direction and distance is determined by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: May 21, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236578377/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 312)


4 Mile River Old Lyme Paddle

Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:00 AM Four Mile River Boat Launch Oakridge Drive, Old Lyme, CT 4 Mile River, Old Lyme This area has a large paved parking area with a one lane road down to a cul de sac at the launch. There are sanitary facilities in the parking area in season. This area can be used at either high or low tide but at low tide the left and under the railroad bridge. On the left is Rocky Neck State Park, if you go left past the park you can go past Griswold Island, Watts Island, There are some beach areas to stop on or picnic at. If you continue on you can go past Black point into the Niantic area. If you go right after you pass under the railroad bridge you will be headed for the mouth of the Connecticut River, on your way there are some small beaches to stop for a rest on. Please observe all signs for nature preserves. Both of these are classed as 2 to 4 depending on ocean conditions and like all of our paddles length and direction are determined by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: May 27, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236578393/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 576)


Branford River Paddle

Sunday, May 28, 2017 10:00 AM Branford River Goodsell Point Rd Across from the Branford Yacht Club Branford, CT Branford State Boat Launch Branford State Boat Launch was refurbished during the 2016 season and has a nice large parking area with sanity facilities provided in season. It is on the Branford River and you can go upriver or downriver to the Sound. The up river paddle is best at high tide due to some shallow areas. The river meanders for miles mostly through developed areas. This is usually a class 1 paddle. The route to the sound goes through several marinas past The Hospice in Branford and out around Indian Neck. If you head right from here you can head for Kelsey Island, The Farm River, East Haven, Lighthouse Park, and the mouth of the Quinnipiac River. If you go left at the mouth of the Branford River you go around Indian Neck and head towards Stony Creek and the Thimble Islands. These ocean routes are rated 2 to 4 depending on ocean conditions. Like most of our tips the direction, distance and duration are determined by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: May 28, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236578414/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 569)


Thimble Island Paddle

Saturday, June 3, 2017 10:00 AM Thimble Islands - Stony Creek 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.

Event Date: June 3, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236578441/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 444)


Blacks River Paddle

Sunday, June 4, 2017 10:00 AM Great Island Old Lyme Boat Ramp Smith Neck Rd, Old Lyme, CT Great Island State Boat launch, Old Lyme - South Route The Great Island boat launch has a paved area by the launch where several people can load and unload at the same time power and paddle craft can share the space at the same time. There are sanitary facilities available in season large enough for handicapped access. After your boats are unloaded you drive your vehicle to the upper parking lot where there is ample parking. This launch is one that services several destinations to the left you can head for the mouth of the Connecticut River and the Sound where you can head toward the four mile river and Rocky Neck State Park to the left of the mouth of the Connecticut River to the right across the river is Fenwick and the Lighthouse. Be careful if you take this route not to paddle too close to the breakwater leading to the lighthouse because the current tends to force you into the rocks. If you go left before you get to the small beach you can go up the Black River, under the highway and follow a lazily meandering waterway that goes for miles. You will pass some residences and marshes and be able to observe the abundant wildlife, especially the fiddler crabs. This launch has much to offer for any type of paddler. As usual direction, distance, and duration are decided by the members of the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: June 4, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236578470/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 31)


Paddle the Thimbles

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 5:00 PM Thimble Islands - Stony Creek 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. When you are done paddling there are a couple of restaurants nearby where you can gather with friends and other paddlers to enjoy each others company.

This Meetup repeats every week on Wednesday until June 28, 2017
Paddle the Thimbles Wed Jun 14 5:00 PM
Paddle the Thimbles Wed Jun 21 5:00 PM
Paddle the Thimbles Wed Jun 28 5:00 PM

Event Date: June 7, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236835075/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 32)


Harbor park moonlight paddle

Saturday, June 10, 2017 7:00 PM Harbor Park 80 Harbor Drive, Middletown, CT HarborPark Moonlight Paddle 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. From the paved launch you proceed up river and under the Arigoni Bridge and to the right of Wilcox Island, past the Cromwell boat club and town park. We then proceed upriver through residential areas and tracts that are being reclaimed for river access for picnics until we reach the beginning of Gildersleeve Island where there is a small sandy beach at low tide. You might stop at the beach for a rest if the tide is out. From this point you turn back and head back to Harbor Park. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles and lights are Coast Guard Required after dark on all craft.

Event Date: June 10, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236579354/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 60)


Bluff Point Moonlight Paddle

Saturday, June 10, 2017 7:00 PM Bluff Point State Park (GPS use 41.336666, -72.033524) 49 Depot Road, Groton, CT Bluff Point State Park Groton Bluff Point has a paddle for both the experienced and the novice. It has large gravel parking area for car top/ carry in boats, composting toilets, and a picnic area. For the novice there is the marsh area and the Poquonock River class 1-2. For the more expert paddler the route out around bushy point leads to the sound by Pine Island and around to the other side of the Bluff Point Preserve class 2-4 depending on ocean conditions. Both routes have sandy beach areas where you can stop for a break, or get some sun, or swim. The first time we paddled here we were witnesses to a wedding of a sailor for an added attraction. As usual Direction, distance and time are decided by the group members. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: June 10, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236578484/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 655)


Connecticut River Baldwin Bridge Paddle

Sunday, June 11, 2017 10:00 AM Connecticut River , Baldwin Bridge 220 Ferry Road, Old Saybrook, CT (map) Connecticut River / Baldwin Bridge Old Saybrook This has a large paved parking area with a concrete ramp that is used by both power boats as well as paddle craft and it can be busy at times. It is in the midst of several marinas and power boat traffic can be heavy so extra care should be taken. This area is close to the sound and is therefore subject to ocean conditions giving it a rating of class 2 to 4. Across the river and slightly upstream you can find Calves Island and Goose Island, downstream is Dock and Dine, Great Island and the mouth of the Connecticut River emptying to the Sound. I would not recommend it for novices. In the fall between August and September Goose Island is host to the swallow migration which is a very special event to see. As usual direction, distance, and duration are decided by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: June 11, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236579378/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 33)


Salmon River Paddle

Saturday, June 17, 2017 10:00 AM Salmon River 117 E Haddam Moodus Road East Haddam, East Haddam, CT (map) Salmon River boat launch/ Salmon River This launch is listed as 117 E Haddam Moodus Road, East Haddam. Sanitary facilities are available in season. There is parking for 60 cars on a dirt parking area, the launch is concrete and is also used by trailered craft, the access is flooded during the spring months. The Salmon river is a serene river flowing through a wooded area with some residential areas. Upstream is a small park area with picnic tables where you can stop and relax, further upstream is a dam. This is a class 1 paddle but is subject to power boat traffic. As usual direction, distance and duration will be decided by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: June 17, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236580432/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 71)


Paddle the Thimbles

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 5:00 PM Thimble Islands - Stony Creek 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. When you are done paddling there are a couple of restaurants nearby where you can gather with friends and other paddlers to enjoy each others company.

Event Date: June 18, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236961974/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 651)


4 Mile River Old Lyme Paddle

Saturday, June 24, 2017 10:00 AM Four Mile River Boat Launch Oakridge Drive, Old Lyme, CT 4 Mile River, Old Lyme This area has a large paved parking area with a one lane road down to a cul de sac at the launch. There are sanitary facilities in the parking area in season. This area can be used at either high or low tide but at low tide the left and under the railroad bridge. On the left is Rocky Neck State Park, if you go left past the park you can go past Griswold Island, Watts Island, There are some beach areas to stop on or picnic at. If you continue on you can go past Black point into the Niantic area. If you go right after you pass under the railroad bridge you will be headed for the mouth of the Connecticut River, on your way there are some small beaches to stop for a rest on. Please observe all signs for nature preserves. Both of these are classed as 2 to 4 depending on ocean conditions and like all of our paddles length and direction are determined by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: June 24, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236580446/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 570)


WEC's Future Now Expo!

Future Now Expo! June 24, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 2 Bryan Hall Plaza, Washington Depot, CT 06794 Rain or shine! The Future Now Expo is an engaging community event that offers an environment where attendees can speak face to face with exhibitors who have demonstrated a commitment to saving our planet. Additionally, one can attend an informative lecture, watch a documentary film, participate in an action-oriented workshop and enjoy live music. This all-day event is free, walk-able and family-friendly. There will be something for everyone!

Event Date: June 24, 2017

For more information go to https://futurenowexpo.org/

(posted March 22, 2017, number 469)


Connecticut River / Goodspeed Paddle

Sunday, June 25, 2017 10:00 AM Goodspeed Airport-42B 15 Lumber Yard Road, East Haddam, CT Goodspeed Airport, East Haddam Parking here is in a grassy field just outside the fence for the airport, there is plenty of parking. There are no sanitary facilities. Launch area is on the bank of the river and is for car top boats only. In season this is usually a class 2 paddle. Upriver you will find Salmon Cove and Salmon River a nice quiet serene area or up the Connecticut River toward Haddam. Down stream you can find Rich Island, Lord Island and Chapman Pond (a Nature Conservancy area). After paddling there are a few restaurants on the other side of the bridge if you work up an appetite. As usual direction, distance and duration are determined by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: June 25, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236580538/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 493)


Lake Zoar Paddle

Sunday, July 9, 2017 10:30 AM Lake Zoar Boat Ramp Scout Road, Southbury, CT LakeZoar, Southbury 210 Scout Road, Simsbury The launch area is paved with space for 60 cars and there are sanitary facilities are available in season. Lake Zoar is a large 909 acre lake that runs between Kettletown State Park and the Paugussett State Forest as part of the Housatonic River from the Stevenson dam at the south and further north to the Shepaug Dam at the start of Lake Lillilonah. It is narrow and runs for several miles and the put in is just west of the Kettletown State Park. This is a class 1 paddle and water height is regulated by the two dams. As usual direction, distance and duration will be decided by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: July 9, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236956098/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 494)


Baldwin Bridge, CT River Paddle

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 10:00 AM Connecticut River , Baldwin Bridge 220 Ferry Road, Old Saybrook, CT (map) Connecticut River / Baldwin Bridge Old Saybrook This has a large paved parking area with a concrete ramp that is used by both power boats as well as paddle craft and it can be busy at times. It is in the midst of several marinas and power boat traffic can be heavy so extra care should be taken. This area is close to the sound and is therefore subject to ocean conditions giving it a rating of class 2 to 4. Across the river and slightly upstream you can find Calves Island and Goose Island, downstream is Dock and Dine, Great Island and the mouth of the Connecticut River emptying to the Sound. I would not recommend it for novices. In the fall between August and September Goose Island is host to the swallow migration which is a very special event to see. As usual direction, distance, and duration are decided by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: July 12, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236956149/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 491)