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Water Trails Events in CT

 

Lieutenant River with the Branford Kayak Group August 27, 2016

HVPC Annual Lake McDonough Pancake Paddle August 27, 2016

Kayak/Canoe the Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh at Milford Point August 28, 2016

4 Mile River with the Branford Kayak Group August 28, 2016

Weeknight AMC Learn to Whitewater Kayak!! Beseck Lake Middlefield August 29, 2016

Tuesday Morning Paddle August 30, 2016

ConnYak Cedar Lake Practice August 31, 2016

ConnYak Lake Wintergreen Practice Sessions August 31, 2016

Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle August 31, 2016

ConnYak Cedar Lake Practice September 7, 2016

ConnYak Lake Wintergreen Practice Sessions September 7, 2016

Flatwater Paddle on the Farmington River from Curtis Park in Simsbury September 10, 2016

Selden Neck paddle with the Branford Kayak Group September 10, 2016

ConnYak Cedar Lake Practice September 14, 2016

Thimble Islands Full Moon Paddle with Branford Kayak Group September 17, 2016

Stockbridge: Park Street to the Glendale Dam with HVA September 17, 2016

ConnYak Fall Picnic September 18, 2016

ConnYak Cedar Lake Practice September 21, 2016

20th Annual Connecticut River Source to Sea Cleanup September 23, 2016

Farmington River Rainbow Run Downriver Canoe and Kayak Race September 24, 2016

20th Annual Connecticut River Source to Sea Cleanup September 24, 2016

ConnYak Cedar Lake Practice September 28, 2016

Connecticut River Middletown Moonlight Paddle with Branford Kayak Group October 15, 2016

Paddle from Covered Bridge, Sheffield to Ashley Falls, MA with HVA October 15, 2016

Milford Halloween Costume Paddle Parade October 30, 2016

 

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


Lieutenant River with the Branford Kayak Group

Saturday, August 27, 2016 10:00 AM Lieutenant River State Boat Launch Route 156 Bridge, Old Lyme, CT Class 1 paddle

Event Date: August 27, 2016

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/232471114/

(posted August 5, 2016, number 315)


HVPC Annual Lake McDonough Pancake Paddle

Saturday, August 27, 2016 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Lake McDonough Rte. 219, Barkhamsted, CT It's been a long time, but I think we should all celebrate the end of the summer on Lake McDonough. Join up with old and new friends as we enjoy a day on the most beautiful lake in CT. Meet at 10:00 am at the Log House Restuarant on Route 44 in New Hartford for breakfast. We will proceed to the lake around 11:30. Those not eating breakfast can join us at this time. Please note, there is a fee to park and a fee to launch. It's about $11 total. Also they have a very strict no-alcohol policy. Be prepared to have your trunk checked. We will paddle the lake for about 2 hours, and if it's hot, we'll swim at the public beach. After paddling, we can all go to Blue Sky restaurant for a light lunch or an ice cream. Bring the usual, PFD, suncreen, etc. RSVP appreciated in case I need to reserve at the Log House. Rain or threat of inclement weather will cancel. I'll cancel the night before or very early in the morning.

Event Date: August 27, 2016

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/HVPC-Housatonic-Valley-Paddle-Club/events/233374277/

(posted August 23, 2016, number 716)


Kayak/Canoe the Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh at Milford Point

August 28 Sunday, 9:00 a.m.

Kayak/Canoe the Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh at Milford Point

Paddle the marsh at Milford Point with Pamela Hicks, David Zomick, and Paul and Diane Edwards.

Steeped in local history, the marsh offers an abundance of birds and other wildlife, beautiful vistas, and a chance to paddle and unwind.

Wind and weather may cause the water trip to be canceled, even on a sunny day. If water conditions are not safe, we will simple enjoy nature, walk, and picnic.

To Carpool: We will meet promptly at 7:30 a.m. at the commuter parking lot off Route 8 Exit 39 in Thomaston, across from the Dunkin’ Donuts, to ensure a put-in at 9 a.m. To meet at the put-in at Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh: Be there at 8:30 a.m. Directions to put-in: From Route 1 eastbound in the Devon section of Milford, turn right onto Naugatuck Avenue, then right onto Milford Point Road. Turn right onto Court Street. Follow until the end.

We expect to be there at 8:30 a.m. Bring your kayak or canoe, a life jacket, water, a snack, bug repellent, and wear shoes that can get wet. Also, if you would like to bring a lunch for a picnic after the paddle, we will head to the Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point.

Please let Diane Edwards know if you plan to attend and where you will meet us. Contact her at edwardsd68@charter.net or 860-309-5139

Event Date: August 28, 2016

For more information go to http://www.lhasct.org/www.lhasct.org/Calendar.html

(posted July 11, 2016, number 231)


4 Mile River with the Branford Kayak Group

Sunday, August 28, 2016 10:00 AM Four Mile River Boat Launch Oakridge Drive, Old Lyme, CT Class 1-4 ocean paddle

Event Date: August 28, 2016

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/232471243/

(posted August 5, 2016, number 314)


Weeknight AMC Learn to Whitewater Kayak!! Beseck Lake Middlefield

Monday, August 29, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM Lake Beseck Lake Shore Drive, Middlefield, CT These sessions 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 July11 to August 29. Time: 6:00 pm to 8:30 or sunset Cost: $10.00 per session. Contact: Mark Schappert 203-240-3544 Please be mindful of the low speed limits on Lake and Lakeshore Dr. These are narrow, residential roads.

Event Date: August 29, 2016

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/CT-AMC-Whitewater-kayaking-instruction-and-river-trips/events/230871231/

(posted August 10, 2016, number 289)


Tuesday Morning Paddle

Tuesday Morning Mixed Group Paddle with the New Haven and Fairfield County Kayak and Paddleboard Club Tuesday, August 30, 2016 7:30 AM Beach 28 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford, CT Tuesday Morning Kayak. Head out before the crowds and have Long Island Sound to ourselves as we paddle around before the crowds come out. Rentals available with advance reservation This Meetup repeats every week on Tuesday Tuesday Morning Mixed Group Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 6 7:30 AM Tuesday Morning Mixed Group Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 13 7:30 AM Tuesday Morning Mixed Group Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 20 7:30 AM Tuesday Morning Mixed Group Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 27, 7:30 AM Tuesday Morning Mixed Group Paddle 1 going Tue Oct 4, 7:30 AM Tuesday Morning Mixed Group Paddle 1 going Tue Oct 11, 7:30 AM

Event Date: August 30, 2016

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/New-Haven-and-Fairfield-County-Kayak-Club/events/233392073/

(posted August 23, 2016, number 203)


ConnYak Cedar Lake Practice

Aug 31, 2016, Cedar Lake Boat Launch 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 4pm 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 for possible cancellations during the season (http://www.connyak.org/cgi-bin/BBS.pl/)

Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 7, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 14, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 21, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 28, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Oct 5 4:00 PM

Event Date: August 31, 2016

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/events/zmbjtlyvlbpc/

(posted May 24, 2016, number 511)


ConnYak Lake Wintergreen Practice Sessions

Lake Wintergreen Practice Sessions Wed Aug 31, 4:30 PM
West Rock State Park -Lake Wintergreen Parking Area 53 Main Street, Hamden, CT

Every Wednesday night at Lake Wintergreen in Hamden. Launch from the Lake Wintergreen entrance to West Rock State Park on Main Street. Starting at 4:30 pm and continue until dark. Arrive at any time. Novices welcome. Practice includes anything you want from paddling to rolling.

Be sure to check the ConnYak Bulletin Board for possible cancellations:(http://www.connyak.org/cgi-bin/BBS.pl/) DIRECTIONS:
From the Wilbur Cross Parkway/Rte 15 (N or S)
Exit 60, Dixwell St, take a right off the ramp.
Proceed to first light (Benham Street) and take a right.
Go to the end and take a left on Main Street.
Main St will take a sharp curve to the left and the access to the parking lot will be on the right.

APRES PADDLE: Pizza in Hamden Plaza

Future Lake Wintergreen Practice Sessions
Lake Wintergreen Practice Sessions Wed Sep 7, 4:30 PM
Lake Wintergreen Practice Sessions Wed Sep 14, 4:30 PM
Lake Wintergreen Practice Sessions Wed Sep 21, 4:30 PM
Lake Wintergreen Practice Sessions Wed Sep 28, 4:30 PM

Event Date: August 31, 2016

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/events/fhcjtlyvlbpc/

(posted August 5, 2016, number 143)


Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 6:00 PM Beach 28 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford, CT Beach launch. Plenty of free street parking. Plan to be out for an hour or two. Rentals available- Sit on top kayaks or paddleboards. Reservations required. [masked] **MUST CALL TO RESERVE. If renting plan to arrive NO LATER THAN 15 minutes early. Scoot & Paddle Rentals

This Meetup repeats every week on Wednesday until October 12, 2016
Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle Wed Aug 31 6:00 PM
Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle Wed Sep 7 5:30 PM
Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle Wed Sep 14 5:30 PM
Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle Wed Sep 21, 5:30 PM
Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle Wed Sep 28, 5:30 PM
Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle Wed Oct 5, 5:30 PM
Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle Wed Oct 12, 5:30 PM

Event Date: August 31, 2016

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/New-Haven-and-Fairfield-County-Kayak-Club/events/232492264/

(posted August 23, 2016, number 67)


ConnYak Cedar Lake Practice

Wed, Sep 7, 2016, Cedar Lake Boat Launch 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 4pm 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 for possible cancellations during the season (http://www.connyak.org/cgi-bin/BBS.pl/)

Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 14, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 21, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 28, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Oct 5 4:00 PM

Event Date: September 7, 2016

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/events/zmbjtlyvmbkb/

(posted May 24, 2016, number 75)


ConnYak Lake Wintergreen Practice Sessions

Lake Wintergreen Practice Sessions Wed Sep 7, 4:30 PM
West Rock State Park -Lake Wintergreen Parking Area 53 Main Street, Hamden, CT

Every Wednesday night at Lake Wintergreen in Hamden. Launch from the Lake Wintergreen entrance to West Rock State Park on Main Street. Starting at 4:30 pm and continue until dark. Arrive at any time. Novices welcome. Practice includes anything you want from paddling to rolling.

Be sure to check the ConnYak Bulletin Board for possible cancellations:(http://www.connyak.org/cgi-bin/BBS.pl/) DIRECTIONS:
From the Wilbur Cross Parkway/Rte 15 (N or S)
Exit 60, Dixwell St, take a right off the ramp.
Proceed to first light (Benham Street) and take a right.
Go to the end and take a left on Main Street.
Main St will take a sharp curve to the left and the access to the parking lot will be on the right.

APRES PADDLE: Pizza in Hamden Plaza

Future Lake Wintergreen Practice Sessions
Lake Wintergreen Practice Sessions Wed Sep 14, 4:30 PM
Lake Wintergreen Practice Sessions Wed Sep 21, 4:30 PM
Lake Wintergreen Practice Sessions Wed Sep 28, 4:30 PM

Event Date: September 7, 2016

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/events/fhcjtlyvmbkb/

(posted August 5, 2016, number 144)


Flatwater Paddle on the Farmington River from Curtis Park in Simsbury

Date and Time Saturday, September 10, 2016

Location Connecticut, West of River, CT

Overview Flatwater paddle on the Farmington River from Curtis Park in Simsbury CT, followed by optional lunch at Joe's Pizza - Contact Elbert Bowler at treble13@comcast.net

Cost Free

Activity Paddling - Flatwater

Offered By Berkshire (Mass.) AMC

Audience Adults

Leader Elbert Bowler treble13@comcast.net

Registration is required for this activity. See contact above.

Event Date: September 10, 2016

For more information go to http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/89624&act=13

(posted April 29, 2016, number 108)


Selden Neck paddle with the Branford Kayak Group

Saturday, September 10, 2016 10:00 AM Chester-Hadlyme Ferry Ferry Rd, Lyme, Town of, CT Class 1-2 Small parking area next to the ferry ramp holds about 8 cars No designated organizer for this paddle. The route is down river from the ferry landing and then left into the cove by Selden Island.

Event Date: September 10, 2016

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/232471409/

(posted August 5, 2016, number 313)


ConnYak Cedar Lake Practice

Wed, Sep 14, 2016, Cedar Lake Boat Launch 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 4pm 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 for possible cancellations during the season (http://www.connyak.org/cgi-bin/BBS.pl/)

Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 21, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 28, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Oct 5 4:00 PM

Event Date: September 14, 2016

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/events/zmbjtlyvmbsb/

(posted May 24, 2016, number 217)


Thimble Islands Full Moon Paddle with Branford Kayak Group

Saturday, September 17, 2016 5:30 PM Thimble Islands - Stony Creek 178 Thimble Island Rd, Branford, CT (map) on street parking launch across from the post office Class 2-4

Event Date: September 17, 2016

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/229101483/

(posted May 1, 2016, number 32)


Stockbridge: Park Street to the Glendale Dam with HVA

Saturday, Sept. 17 Stockbridge: Park Street to the Glendale Dam (FREE!)

Time: 9am – Noon Trip Length: 4.5 miles. Level: Beginner Family Friendly paddle! We welcome children 6 yrs and older. Paddle leisurely ride on mostly, slow moving, flat water that passes through the Stockbridge Golf Course and woods.

This paddle trip is FREE as it is part of the Housatonic Heritage Weekend Hikes. Registration required, space is limited. Call 413‐394‐9796 or email paddle@hvatoday.org Canoes and equipment provided or register to bring your own boat. Registration: non‐members $20/adult $35/family; HVA Members FREE Trip information provided upon completion of registration.

Sign up now, by calling 413-394-9796or email: paddle@hvatoday.org

Trip Sponsors: Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area and HVA Click here for MORE TRIPS & INFORMATION (opens in new tab or window, hit refresh if it does not show up at first)

Event Date: September 17, 2016

For more information go to http://www.hvatoday.org/assets/PDFs/PaddleTrips2016FlyerREVISED-08-04-16.pdf

(posted August 5, 2016, number 725)


ConnYak Fall Picnic

Sunday, September 18, 2016 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM William's Beach Park - Mystic YMCA 1 Harry Austin Drive, Mystic, CT The Fall Picnic will again be held at the William's Beach Park at the Mystic YMCA. We have secured the pavilion, which offers a sheltered space with picnic tables with and easy launch area and bathrooms in the park. ConnYak will provide hamburgs, hot dogs and veggie burgers, rolls and condiments. We will need someone to bring a gas grill (otherwise we will have to eat raw burgers). Unfortunately charcoal grills are not allowed. Please let us know if you can bring gas grill (two would be ideal.) Members should bring sides desserts and beverages (note - no alcohol is allowed). Someone will be at the Park at 8:30 if you would like to drop off food. Please let us know if you will be attending. This will allow us to better plan for the event. Please post paddles that you would like to organize on the MeetUp page. There are a number of places to paddle to from the park or you can paddle to the park from another location. In the past there have been other activities organized by members. Let us know if you have any activities you would like to organize.

Event Date: September 18, 2016

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/events/233062441/

(posted August 5, 2016, number 676)


ConnYak Cedar Lake Practice

Wed, Sep 21 , 2016, Cedar Lake Boat Launch 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 4pm 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 for possible cancellations during the season (http://www.connyak.org/cgi-bin/BBS.pl/)

Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 28, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Oct 5 4:00 PM

Event Date: September 21, 2016

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/events/zmbjtlyvmbcc/

(posted May 24, 2016, number 214)


20th Annual Connecticut River Source to Sea Cleanup

Connecticut River Watershed Council’s 20th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup will be on September 23 & 24, 2016.

The Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual trash cleanup of the Connecticut River system – rivers, streams and banks, parks, boat launches, trails and more. Each fall, thousands of volunteers of all ages and abilities head out to places of their choice all along the four-state watershed (NH, VT, MA, CT) to clean the Connecticut River and its tributaries on foot or by boat.

Hard Work, Real Fun, True Impact

In 2015, more than 2,300 volunteers pulled over 50 tons of trash from over 169 miles of river banks and waterways. Volunteers use human power and sometimes heavy equipment to pull out everything from recyclables, fishing equipment and food waste to tires, televisions and refrigerators. Read about the 2015 event in the Cleanup Chronicle (PDF), including the list of groups that participated and the tally of all trash pulled from the river.

The water is cleaner, river banks are safer and wildlife are happier thanks to the generous efforts of the sponsors, businesses, watershed organizations, Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops, school groups, municipalities and community members who make the event possible.

How To Get Involved

Supporting the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s annual Source to Sea Cleanup will make an immediate impact on the health and beauty of your community. You can help protect our water resources and be a part of this fun and positive event. Here’s how:
•Join a Group: Find a group near you accepting cleanup volunteers and spend a few hours picking up trash.
•Lead a Group: Start a cleanup group in your town. Find a site in need of cleaning, organize volunteers and removal of trash. Here are tips on how to lead a successful cleanup.
•Cleanup Volunteer: Help hang posters, pack cleanup supplies, or report a trash site in need of cleaning.
•Cleanup Sponsor: Support the cleanup with a donation of funds, goods or services.

PHOTO CONTEST IS BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR! Grab your camera and submit your best cleanup photos in our photo contest. You could win some great prizes!

Are you interested in educational resources to connect your students to the Source to Sea cleanup? Check out the video, book and poems created by K-6 students as part of the River of Words program to inspire their peers and engage their communities in the annual cleanup.

For more information about the Cleanup, contact River Steward Alicea Charamut at cleanup@ctriver.org or 860-704-0057. Thanks for helping to keep our rivers clean!

Event Date: September 23, 2016

For more information go to http://www.ctriver.org/projects/source-to-sea-cleanup/

(posted August 5, 2016, number 62)


Farmington River Rainbow Run Downriver Canoe and Kayak Race

Rain bow Run Downriver Canoe & Kayak Race Farmington River Windsor, CT

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016

Registration 11:00am to 12:30 pm at Welch Park
Race Meeting at 12:45 pm
Race starts at 1:00 pm

Start: John R. Welch Park, Windsor, CT
Finish: Pleasant Street Park, Windsor, CT

Cost: $15 per paddler

Awards: Bear’s Smokehouse, Windsor, CT

Course: Short stretch of quickwater; 1/4 mile of Class I-II rapids; then 6 miles of quickwater. Good novice downriver course.

PFDs Must Be Worn At All Times

Mass Start by Class

Contact Eric Jones (86o) 756-6703 boateater "at" gmail.com

Event Date: September 24, 2016

For more information go to http://www.neckra.org/races/race-information/listing/2016/rainbow

(posted August 5, 2016, number 522)


20th Annual Connecticut River Source to Sea Cleanup

Connecticut River Watershed Council’s 20th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup will be on September 23 & 24, 2016.

The Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual trash cleanup of the Connecticut River system – rivers, streams and banks, parks, boat launches, trails and more. Each fall, thousands of volunteers of all ages and abilities head out to places of their choice all along the four-state watershed (NH, VT, MA, CT) to clean the Connecticut River and its tributaries on foot or by boat.

Hard Work, Real Fun, True Impact

In 2015, more than 2,300 volunteers pulled over 50 tons of trash from over 169 miles of river banks and waterways. Volunteers use human power and sometimes heavy equipment to pull out everything from recyclables, fishing equipment and food waste to tires, televisions and refrigerators. Read about the 2015 event in the Cleanup Chronicle (PDF), including the list of groups that participated and the tally of all trash pulled from the river.

The water is cleaner, river banks are safer and wildlife are happier thanks to the generous efforts of the sponsors, businesses, watershed organizations, Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops, school groups, municipalities and community members who make the event possible.

How To Get Involved

Supporting the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s annual Source to Sea Cleanup will make an immediate impact on the health and beauty of your community. You can help protect our water resources and be a part of this fun and positive event. Here’s how:
•Join a Group: Find a group near you accepting cleanup volunteers and spend a few hours picking up trash.
•Lead a Group: Start a cleanup group in your town. Find a site in need of cleaning, organize volunteers and removal of trash. Here are tips on how to lead a successful cleanup.
•Cleanup Volunteer: Help hang posters, pack cleanup supplies, or report a trash site in need of cleaning.
•Cleanup Sponsor: Support the cleanup with a donation of funds, goods or services.

PHOTO CONTEST IS BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR! Grab your camera and submit your best cleanup photos in our photo contest. You could win some great prizes!

Are you interested in educational resources to connect your students to the Source to Sea cleanup? Check out the video, book and poems created by K-6 students as part of the River of Words program to inspire their peers and engage their communities in the annual cleanup.

For more information about the Cleanup, contact River Steward Alicea Charamut at cleanup@ctriver.org or 860-704-0057. Thanks for helping to keep our rivers clean!

Event Date: September 24, 2016

For more information go to http://www.ctriver.org/projects/source-to-sea-cleanup/

(posted August 5, 2016, number 606)


ConnYak Cedar Lake Practice

Wed, Sep 28, 2016, Cedar Lake Boat Launch 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 4pm 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 for possible cancellations during the season (http://www.connyak.org/cgi-bin/BBS.pl/)

Cedar Lake Practice Wed Oct 5 4:00 PM

Event Date: September 28, 2016

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/events/zmbjtlyvmblc/

(posted May 24, 2016, number 169)


Connecticut River Middletown Moonlight Paddle with Branford Kayak Group

Saturday, October 15, 2016 5:30 PM Harbor Park 80 Harbor Drive, Middletown, CT Class 1-2 paddle some power boat traffic by harbor park

Event Date: October 15, 2016

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/229101699/

(posted May 1, 2016, number 60)


Paddle from Covered Bridge, Sheffield to Ashley Falls, MA with HVA

Saturday, Oct. 15 Covered Bridge, Sheffield to Ashley Falls, MA Time: 9am – 3pm Trip Length: 9.5 miles Level: Beginner Meander through active agricultural land and forested stretches. Possible wildlife sightings include a variety of wildfowl, bald eagle, herons, otter, muskrat and beaver. This trip is suitable for all levels of experience. Recommended for children 14 years and older due to the paddling distance.

Non-member bonus: Sign up and get a 1 year membership in HVA!

Registration required, space is limited. Call 413‐394‐9796 or email paddle@hvatoday.org

Canoes and equipment provided or register to bring your own boat. Registration: non‐members $20/adult $35/family; HVA Members FREE Trip information provided upon completion of registration.

Sign up now, by calling 413-394-9796or email: paddle@hvatoday.org

Trip Sponsors: Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area and HVA Click here for MORE TRIPS & INFORMATION (opens in new tab or window, hit refresh if it does not show up at first)

Event Date: October 15, 2016

For more information go to http://www.hvatoday.org/assets/PDFs/PaddleTrips2016FlyerREVISED-08-04-16.pdf

(posted August 5, 2016, number 139)


Milford Halloween Costume Paddle Parade

Milford Halloween Costume Paddle Parade with the New Haven and Fairfield County Kayak and Paddleboard Club Sunday, October 30, 2016 10:00 AM Milford Harbor Public Launch (behind Library) 57 New Haven Avenue, Milford, CT Dress up and come on out for a Halloween Costume Parade. Check temperatures, wetsuits if needed. BYOB(boat)

Event Date: October 30, 2016

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/New-Haven-and-Fairfield-County-Kayak-Club/events/233392098/

(posted August 23, 2016, number 208)