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River and Water Related Events in CT

Kayak Gardner Lake ( July 5, 2015 )

Great Island Practice & Paddle ( July 5, 2015 )

Pleasure Beach trail clean-up day ( July 5, 2015 )

Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT ( July 6, 2015 )

Paddle Killingly - Quinebaug River, Brooklyn ( July 7, 2015 )

Paddle from Esker Point--Potluck to Follow ( July 7, 2015 )

ConnYak Cedar Lake Practice ( July 8, 2015 )

Mystic Paddle (Level One Paddle) ( July 11, 2015 )

East River to Goose Island via Falkner's Island ( July 11, 2015 )

Shell Island and a guided tour of neighboring Calf Island ( July 11, 2015 )

Recreational boat paddle Wesleyan Boat Launch Middletown ( July 12, 2015 )

Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT ( July 13, 2015 )

Paddle Killingly - Mansfield Hollow (North) ( July 15, 2015 )

ConnYak - Thimble Island Paddle ( July 18, 2015 )

Housatonic River Paddle Trip ( July 18, 2015 )

Branford River ( July 19, 2015 )

Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT ( July 20, 2015 )

Kayak Bolton Lower Lake ( July 20, 2015 )

The Last Green Valley Water Trails Steering Committee Paddle ( July 21, 2015 )

Goodspeed Opera House ( July 25, 2015 )

RIDE THE SHETUCKET RIVER ( July 25, 2015 )

Paddle Killingly - Five Mile River, Danielson ( July 29, 2015 )

WEBSTER LAKE FULL MOON PADDLE ( July 31, 2015 )

Party (oh, yeah, and paddle) on the Bantam River ( August 1, 2015 )

Apply for a grant for your group ( August 1, 2015 )

Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT ( August 3, 2015 )

Paddle Killingly - Pachaug River, Voluntown ( August 4, 2015 )

FVTU Campground Cookout ( August 8, 2015 )

Four Mile River ( August 8, 2015 )

Annual Farmingon River Campout With FVTU ( August 9, 2015 )

Weeknight Whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT ( August 10, 2015 )

Kayak Lake Beseck ( August 10, 2015 )

Paddle Killingly - Quaddick Lake, Thompson ( August 12, 2015 )

Weeknight Whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT ( August 17, 2015 )

Paddle Killingly - Quinebaug River, Butts Bridge ( August 18, 2015 )

Kayak Pachaug Pond ( August 23, 2015 )

Weeknight Whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT ( August 24, 2015 )

Paddle Killingly - Mansfield Hollow (South) ( August 26, 2015 )

Four Mile River Moonlight paddle ( August 29, 2015 )

Branford River paddle ( August 30, 2015 )

Weeknight Whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT ( August 31, 2015 )

Wesleyan boat launch to Glastonbury Ferry and back ( September 5, 2015 )

Swallow Paddle ( September 10, 2015 )

HVA Free Paddle Trip - Bartholomew's Cobble to Falls Village ( September 19, 2015 )

Pomperaug River Watershed - 10th Annual Macroinvertebrate Survey ( September 19, 2015 )

CT River Source to Sea Cleanup ( September 25, 2015 )

CT River Source to Sea Cleanup ( September 26, 2015 )

Mystic River moonlight paddle ( September 27, 2015 )

Thimble Islands paddle ( October 18, 2015 )

Other Event Calendars


Kayak Gardner Lake

All events and outings open to Sierra Club members and the public. Kayak Gardner Lake Sunday 7/5 10am (Salem CT). Meet at Gardner Lake state boat launch, 147 Old Colchester Road, Salem. This is a 528 acre lake with many nooks to investigate. Hopefully eagles will be there again as they were last year! Free launch and parking. Plus there's a small beach area to swim and picnic after we paddle, so bring food and a swimsuit. Directions: From the junction of Route 354 and Route 82 in Salem, proceed north on Route 354 for 0.1 mile and turn right into the boat launch area. Safety vests must be worn at all times. Please no cell phone use or smoking on the water. RSVP by 7/3. July 20 - Bolton Lower Lake, Bolton - Join Renee Taylor for an after-work paddle around the lake (6:00 - 8:30 pm).

Event Date: July 5, 2015

For more information go to http://connecticut.sierraclub.org/outings

(posted July 2, 2015, number 209) Water Trail: yes

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Great Island Practice & Paddle

Sunday, July 5, 2015 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM Great Island State Boat Launch 99 Smith Neck Road, Old Lyme, CT (map) http://www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/site.asp?siteid=529 Meet at the ramp ready to go into the water at 10:30 for some paddle stroke work, wet exit or rescue practice. We will come back to the ramp for lunch and then go on a paddle. We will be back around 3:30. More information on Great Island paddles can be found here: http://www.connyak.org/paddles/Great_Island.htm You are welcome to participate or watch the morning practice

Event Date: July 5, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/events/223661482/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=223661482

(posted July 2, 2015, number 217) Water Trail: yes

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Pleasure Beach trail clean-up day

Please join us for a Pleasure Beach trail clean-up day on Sunday, July 5, from 9am-2pm at Pleasure Beach in Bridgeport!

You will be helping to build the first nature trail on Pleasure Beach, allowing thousands of visitors to better enjoy the bountiful wildlife and beautiful plants the unique habitat holds.

The clean-up is hosted by the Bridgeport Wildlife Guards, a team of high school students being trained and employed as beach-nesting bird stewards by Audubon Connecticut, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, and the City of Bridgeport. The clean-up is from 9am - 2 pm (see earlier post for details). Any amount of time you can contribute to the clean-up would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Getting to Pleasure Beach is easy with free parking at the water taxi pier, 91 Seaview Avenue, Bridgeport. The water taxi will bring visitors to and from Pleasure Beach, and is also free.

Many of the species on Pleasure Beach are rare or threatened, including our Piping Plovers.

Thank you to everyone who can join us at Pleasure Beach for the trail clean-up day on July 5.

Note: Please bring work gloves, sunscreen, a hat, and a water bottle.

Event Date: July 5, 2015

For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/AudubonCT/photos/a.10150119123034418.333398.386070074417/10154050982599418/?type=1&theater

(posted July 4, 2015, number 191) Water Trail: No

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Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT

Monday, July 6, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Silver Lake Boat Ramp 251 Norton Lane, Berlin, CT (map) These sessions are for anyone who is looking to learn the basics of whitewater kayaking with a 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.

Event Date: July 6, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/CT-AMC-Whitewater-kayaking-instruction-and-river-trips/events/223589236/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=223589236

(posted June 30, 2015, number 455) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle Killingly - Quinebaug River, Brooklyn

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 5:30 PM Meet at Riverside Park Greenway Drive , Brooklyn, CT

Event Date: July 7, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/

(posted May 7, 2015, number 15) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle from Esker Point--Potluck to Follow

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 5:30 PM Esker Point Beach 900 Groton Long Point Road, Groton, CT Lots of good paddling options. Over to Venetian Harbor, or Ram Island, maybe even Flat Hammock. Bring some food or drink to share at the potluck after the paddle. It is always good to wear a PFD.

Event Date: July 7, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/Tuesday-Night-Paddle/events/223429808/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=223429808

(posted June 24, 2015, number 446) Water Trail: yes

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ConnYak Cedar Lake Practice

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 4:00 PM

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.

This Meetup repeats every week on Wednesday until October 14, 2015
Cedar Lake Practice 1 going Wed Jul 15 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice 1 going Wed Jul 22 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice 1 going Wed Jul 29, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice 1 going Wed Aug 5, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice 1 going Wed Aug 12, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice 1 going Wed Aug 19, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice 1 going Wed Aug 26, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice 1 going Wed Sep 2, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice 1 going Wed Sep 9, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice 1 going Wed Sep 16, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice 1 going Wed Sep 23, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice 1 going Wed Sep 30, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice 1 going Wed Oct 7, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice 1 going Wed Oct 14, 4:00 PM

Event Date: July 8, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/events/223617174/?a=ea2_grp&rv=ea2&_af=event&_af_eid=223617174

(posted July 1, 2015, number 152) Water Trail: yes

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Mystic Paddle (Level One Paddle)

Saturday, July 11, 2015 10:00 AM William's Beach Park - Mystic YMCA 1 Harry Austin Drive, Mystic, CT (map) This paddle is the second in a series of level one trips specifically designed for those who are newer to kayaking. This paddle will be slightly more challenging than the first paddle on the Quonnie Pond in June. The trip may be adjusted based on conditions and the interests of those attending. See the Connyak site for a description of a level one paddle - http://www.connyak.org/paddlingtrips.htm We will launch from William's Beach Park - behind the Mystic YMCA at 1 Harry Austin Drive, Mystic, CT 06355 (https://goo.gl/maps/h3Mmr). Please arrive early (10:00 AM) in order to sort out equipment and meet other paddlers. We plan to be on the water at 10:30 AM and return by about 2:30 PM. We will cover about 6 miles at a relaxed pace and there will be a stop for lunch, so be sure to bring something to eat. Please check this site or the ConnYak Bulletin Board the day of the paddle. In case of bad weather, the trip may need to be rescheduled. Mystic is a great place to paddle, providing an opportunity to see Old Mystic Village from the water. On the way, there will be ample time to learn about channels and how to be safe and courteous to other boaters in high traffic areas! If there is time and conditions are right we may be able to venture out to Enders and Ram Islands. For equipment, refer to the ConnYak site - http://www.connyak.org/paddlingtrips.htm. A sea kayak is preferred for this paddle. Generally a kayak 12 feet or longer, moves faster and tracks a little better, making a trip like this a little more enjoyable - so if you have an option a longer kayak might be better. Besides having a kayak and a paddle, you will need some additional equipment including, a PFD (Personal Flotation Device)/Life Jacket in which you are comfortable paddling and a whistle . You should also bring a dry set of clothes (synthetic is better than cotton) in a waterproof bag. You will also need to bring a lunch/snacks and water! Please be aware that there can be a lot of sun on the water, so sun protection is also important (hat, suntan lotion, etc.). If you own a spray-skirt you might bring it. However, if you wear it, you should be able to do a wet exit (taking the spray skirt off the boat and exiting the kayak if it turns over). Although this paddle is not billed as a lesson, there will be more experienced paddlers available to assist newer paddlers on an informal basis. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact

Event Date: July 11, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/events/223558121/?a=ea1_evn&rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=223558121

(posted June 29, 2015, number 214) Water Trail: yes

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East River to Goose Island via Falkner's Island

Saturday, July 11, 2015 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM East River State Boat Launch 169 Circle Beach Rd., Madison, CT (map) A crossing from the East River launch in Madison to Goose Island, a small island about a mile west of Falkner's Island which we will paddle by on the way. The Islands are about 3 1/2 miles offshore and about 4 miles from the launch. Besides being a really nice lunch spot with a great view of Falkner's and the mainland, Goose Island is usually a sure bet for seal sightings year round. This could be an easy Level 2 to a solid Level 3 trip depending on the conditions. On the right day (or wrong day, depending on your perspective), the water on this trip can be unusually active and a whole lot of fun to paddle in (or rather unpleasant if you'd rather avoid motion in your ocean). Note: This is intended to be a pleasant mainstream sort of paddle not an extreme rough water event, but the potential exists for somewhat bumpier conditions here than what you might find elsewhere in the Sound on the same day - generally a good thing for sea kayakers. The parking area can flood during very high tides, but won't be an issue for this trip. Check the Marine forecast before heading out. 14 ft + boats only for this one.

Event Date: July 11, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/events/223562908/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=223562908&_af=event

(posted June 29, 2015, number 234) Water Trail: yes

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Shell Island and a guided tour of neighboring Calf Island

Join The Greenwich Land Trust on Saturday, July 11th from 10:00am-2:00pm for this not-to-be missed exploratory excursion to the beautiful Shell Island and a guided tour of neighboring Calf Island, hosted by the Calf Island Conservancy (CIC). Kayakers will paddle from Byram Beach to Shell Island, a 5 acre property owned by the GLT. Naturalists will be available on both islands to discuss the numerous inhabitants of Long Island Sound. This is a great opportunity to learn from experts about the ecology and history of these coastal habitats and spot the many plants and animals that call these islands home. Admission is $25 per family. Bring your own picnic lunch. We have a limited number of kayaks available to rent. To make a reservation please contact Michelle Spinei at michelle@gltrust.org or 203-629-2151.

Event Date: July 11, 2015

For more information go to https://gltrust.org/event/kayak-trip-to-shell-and-calf-islands/

(posted July 2, 2015, number 207) Water Trail: yes

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Recreational boat paddle Wesleyan Boat Launch Middletown

Sunday, July 12, 2015 10:00 AM Harbor Park 80 Harbor Drive, Middletown, CT (map) black subaru forester w/ blue and white kayak. Class 1 This is a nice easy paddle geared for recreational boats, no worry about having to keep up with the sea kayaks. Route is Connecticut River North, under the Arrigoni Bridge. We then take a left under Route 9 into the mouth of the Mattabessett River, a peaceful picturesque area, we will paddle up as far as we like then return to the Wesleyan Boat Launch. Everyone is welcome. Organizer: Marc LaComb e-mail: blkangel1@yahoo.com cell: 860-919-0610 Call if you need last minute direction clarification. You MUST CALL if you are canceling at the last minute to keep us from waiting for no shows.

Event Date: July 12, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/223227603/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=223227603

(posted June 15, 2015, number 199) Water Trail: yes

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Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT

Monday, July 13, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Silver Lake Boat Ramp 251 Norton Lane, Berlin, CT

These sessions are for anyone who is looking to learn the basics of whitewater kayaking with a 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.

This Meetup repeats every week on Monday until August 31, 2015
Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT 4 going Mon Jul 20 6:00 PM
Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT 1 going Mon Aug 3 6:00 PM
Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT 1 going Mon Aug 10 6:00 PM
Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT 1 going Mon Aug 17, 6:00 PM
Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT 1 going Mon Aug 24, 6:00 PM
Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT 1 going Mon Aug 31, 6:00 PM

Event Date: July 13, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/CT-AMC-Whitewater-kayaking-instruction-and-river-trips/events/223589602/?a=ea1_evn&rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=223589602

(posted June 30, 2015, number 500) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle Killingly - Mansfield Hollow (North)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 5:30 PM Meet at Mansfield Hollow Boat Launch, Bassetts Bridge Rd., Mansfield Center, CT

Event Date: July 15, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/

(posted May 7, 2015, number 16) Water Trail: yes

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ConnYak - Thimble Island Paddle

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Meet at boat launch on Trolley Road, Guilford, CT.

Event Date: July 18, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/events/221535406/

(posted April 2, 2015, number 24) Water Trail: yes

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Housatonic River Paddle Trip

Join Housatonic Valley Association for our free paddle trips on the Housatonic Registration required. Please call 413-394-9796 or email dregan@hvatoday.org or adixon@hvatoday.org. The trips are: July 18 ... Great Barrington, Searles to the Covered Bridge in Sheffield. July 25 ... Open Rain Date Sept 19 ... Bartholomew’s Cobble to Falls Village, Conn. Theme ... history

Event Date: July 18, 2015

For more information go to http://hvatoday.org/events-and-news/events/show/free-housatonic-paddle-trips-beginning-may-30-through-september-19

(posted June 24, 2015, number 245) Water Trail: yes

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Branford River

Sunday, July 19, 2015 10:00 AM Branford River Goodsell Point Rd Across from the Branford Yacht Club Branford, CT (map)Class 2-4 Organizer: John Soehnlein e-mail: johnsoehnlein@yahoo.com Cell: 203-214-7553 call for directions or to notify of last minute cancelations

Event Date: July 19, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/223226139/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=223226139

(posted June 15, 2015, number 495) Water Trail: yes

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Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT

Monday, July 20, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Silver Lake Boat Ramp 251 Norton Lane, Berlin, CT

These sessions are for anyone who is looking to learn the basics of whitewater kayaking with a 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.

This Meetup repeats every week on Monday until August 31, 2015
Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT 1 going Mon Aug 3 6:00 PM
Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT 1 going Mon Aug 10 6:00 PM
Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT 1 going Mon Aug 17, 6:00 PM
Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT 1 going Mon Aug 24, 6:00 PM
Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT 1 going Mon Aug 31, 6:00 PM

Event Date: July 20, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/CT-AMC-Whitewater-kayaking-instruction-and-river-trips/events/223598499/

(posted June 30, 2015, number 513) Water Trail: yes

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Kayak Bolton Lower Lake

All events and outings open to Sierra Club members and the public. Kayak Bolton Lower Lake after work; Monday 7/20 6-8:30pm Meet at DEEP boat launch, 1075 Boston Turnpike, Bolton, off Rte. 44. 175 acre lake. RSVP by 7/19.

Event Date: July 20, 2015

For more information go to http://connecticut.sierraclub.org/outings

(posted July 2, 2015, number 210) Water Trail: yes

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The Last Green Valley Water Trails Steering Committee Paddle

The Water Trails Steering Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, July 21, starting with a paddle at 5:30 pm, followed by a social meeting at a local restaurant (most likely Hank’s) at 7 pm. Please join us for one or both activities! We will be paddling the Quinebaug River National Recreation Trail upstream from the Maury Bowen Complex in Brooklyn, CT. This is an easy, family-friendly stretch of river with wonderful wildlife viewing. We'll paddle upstream until we get tired then turn around and head back to the launch. You need your own boat and life preserver, which must be worn at all times. The paddle is free but preregistration is required by calling Bill at 860-774-3300 or emailing bill@tlgv.org. The meeting at 7 PM will most likely be at Hank’s, 416 Providence Rd. Brooklyn, CT, immediately following the paddle. You are on your own for food/beverages. Please let us know if you are planning to attend, in case we change our minds and head to a different restaurant at the last minute. Hope to see you all on the water and at the meeting on July 21!

Event Date: July 21, 2015

For more information go to http://www.thelastgreenvalley.org/

(posted July 1, 2015, number 283) Water Trail: yes

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Goodspeed Opera House

Saturday, July 25, 2015 10:00 AM Goodspeed Airport-42B 15 Lumber Yard Road, East Haddam, CT (map) black subaru forester w/ blue and white kayak. Parking in grassy lot behind opera house near airport fence Class 1 Organizer: Marc LaComb e-mail blkangel1@yahoo.com cell: 860-919-0610 call for directions or to notify of last minute cancellation

Event Date: July 25, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/221470992/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=221470992

(posted June 15, 2015, number 493) Water Trail: yes

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RIDE THE SHETUCKET RIVER

July 25 (Saturday) - RIDE THE SHETUCKET (SHETUCKET RIVER) - The Town of Sprague will provide a free shuttle between River Park and Scotland Dam. There will be NO water release scheduled thus we will only provide transport when the river is at a level that will naturally provide for easy travel. Participants can put in any time between 10:00 and 12:00. You can ride the river as many times as time and the water level allows. The ride is 4 miles long and takes approximately 2 hours. Paddlers need to have PFD’s and a distress whistle. Since Ride the Shetucket is level sensitive, check the Town website prior to the event for any cancellation postings. (We will be planning for hikes up along the Shetucket, over the Scotland Dam then back down along the Shetucket on days when the river level is too low to kayak (or tube down). www.ctsprague.org

Event Date: July 25, 2015

For more information go to http://www.ctsprague.org/news.htm?show=recent&id=7mjbowj2

(posted July 1, 2015, number 474) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle Killingly - Five Mile River, Danielson

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 5:30 PM Meet at Water St., Danielson, CT

Event Date: July 29, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/

(posted May 7, 2015, number 17) Water Trail: yes

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WEBSTER LAKE FULL MOON PADDLE

July 31 (Friday) – WEBSTER LAKE FULL MOON PADDLE - We will meet at Point Breeze Marina around 6 PM to register, and be out for about an hour paddle to watch the sun set and then enjoy the moon rise and full moon (weather permitting). Moon rise 8:07 PM; Sunset 8:08 PM.

Event Date: July 31, 2015

For more information go to http://thelastgreenvalley.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Paddles-for-2015.pdf

(posted July 1, 2015, number 256) Water Trail: yes

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Party (oh, yeah, and paddle) on the Bantam River

Saturday, August 1, 2015 12:00 PM Save the date.. Ken & Carolyn are planning a Paddle/Party on August 1st. Full details will follow soon, but plan on paddling the Bantam Lake and/or river at noon depending on water levels. We will then follow with a party at Carolyn's house. Any and all are welcome to attend and we will be cross posting this on both the Stamford and Liquid Skies Meetup Groups . If you aren't up for paddling, just come to feast. We will have a fireworks display at twilight, so plan to stick around. We are looking forward to gathering all of our good friends together!

Event Date: August 1, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/StamfordKayakGroup/events/223332350/

(posted June 18, 2015, number 629) Water Trail: yes

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Apply for a grant for your group

The National Park Service helps communities create close-to-home recreation opportunities and conserve natural resources. Our Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program is accepting applications through August 1 for help with a wide range of community-led projects. National Park Service staff can help local leaders: •Develop close-to-home parks and greenways •Manage community-led visioning, planning, and design •Facilitate public involvement •Build sustainable partnerships •Engage youth through outdoor recreation skill-building and conservation stewardship •Plan for trails, landscape conservation, water trails, river restoration, green transportation, and tourism Can we help your community? Find out by first reviewing the application process and exploring current projects in your state. Then call or email a National Park Service staff member near you to discuss your idea, and let them know by July 15 if you intend to submit an application by the August 1 due date. Do you still need help deciding whether the National Park Service might help you and your community? Check out this short video.

Event Date: August 1, 2015

For more information go to http://www.nps.gov/orgs/rtca/whatwedo.htm?utm_source=+Apply+Now+for+National+Park+Service+Assisstance%3A+Accepting+2016+applications&utm_campaign=RTCA+Application+Announcement&utm_medium=email

(posted June 22, 2015, number 189) Water Trail: yes

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Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT

Monday, Aug 3, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Silver Lake Boat Ramp 251 Norton Lane, Berlin, CT

These sessions are for anyone who is looking to learn the basics of whitewater kayaking with a 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.

This Meetup repeats every week on Monday until August 31, 2015
Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT 1 going Mon Aug 10 6:00 PM
Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT 1 going Mon Aug 17, 6:00 PM
Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT 1 going Mon Aug 24, 6:00 PM
Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT 1 going Mon Aug 31, 6:00 PM

Event Date: August 3, 2015

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

(posted June 30, 2015, number 526) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle Killingly - Pachaug River, Voluntown

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 5:30 PM Meet at Beachdale Pond Boat, 115 Ekonk Hill Road, Voluntown, CT

Event Date: August 4, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/

(posted May 7, 2015, number 18) Water Trail: yes

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FVTU Campground Cookout

Campground Cookout – Saturday, August 8th 1 PM TIL ??? – Join our happy campers for some food and fishing at our annual campground cookout at Austin F. Hawes Memorial Campground in Barkhamstead. We provide the burgers and dogs, you bring a side or dessert. You do not need to have a campsite to attend. Check back here for site information and cancellation information if the weather looks threatening as the date gets closer. Click here for location information.

Event Date: August 8, 2015

For more information go to http://fvtu.org/?p=484

(posted April 2, 2015, number 14) Water Trail: yes

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Four Mile River

Saturday, August 8, 2015 10:00 AM Four Mile River Boat Launch Oakridge Drive, Old Lyme, CT (map) Class 2-4 ocean venue Organizer: Kenny Foscue e-mail: kfosc@snet.net cell: 203-589-1512 Call for directions if needed or to let us know of last minute cancellations.

Event Date: August 8, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/221471031/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=221471031

(posted June 15, 2015, number 447) Water Trail: yes

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Annual Farmingon River Campout With FVTU

Annual Farmingon River Campout – August 7-9 IMAG0950 Fishing, campfires, cookouts and friends. The chapter has 5 sites reserved at Austin Hawes Campground in Barkhamsted for this weekend. Sites are reserved on a first come-first serve basis. To reserve a site, please contact Alicea Charamut at alicea@fvtu.org.

Event Date: August 9, 2015

For more information go to http://fvtu.org/?p=617

(posted April 2, 2015, number 6) Water Trail: yes

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Weeknight Whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Silver Lake Boat Ramp 251 Norton Lane, Berlin, CT

These sessions are for anyone who is looking to learn the basics of whitewater kayaking with a 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.

This Meetup repeats every week on Monday until August 31, 2015
Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT 1 going Mon Aug 17, 6:00 PM
Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT 1 going Mon Aug 24, 6:00 PM
Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT 1 going Mon Aug 31, 6:00 PM

Event Date: August 10, 2015

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

(posted June 30, 2015, number 514) Water Trail: yes

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Kayak Lake Beseck

All events and outings open to Sierra Club members and the public. Kayak Lake Beseck after work; Monday 8/10 6-8:30pm Meet at DEEP boat launch, 212 Baileyville Road, Middlefield. 116 acre lake. Directions: on Rte. 147, 1.75 miles south of junction Rtes 66 and 147. RSVP by 8/09.

Event Date: August 10, 2015

For more information go to http://connecticut.sierraclub.org/outings

(posted July 2, 2015, number 211) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle Killingly - Quaddick Lake, Thompson

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 5:30 PM Meet at Quaddick State Park 818 Quaddick Town Farm Road, Thompson, CT

Event Date: August 12, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/

(posted May 7, 2015, number 19) Water Trail: yes

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Weeknight Whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Silver Lake Boat Ramp 251 Norton Lane, Berlin, CT

These sessions are for anyone who is looking to learn the basics of whitewater kayaking with a 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.

This Meetup repeats every week on Monday until August 31, 2015
Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT 1 going Mon Aug 24, 6:00 PM
Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT 1 going Mon Aug 31, 6:00 PM

Event Date: August 17, 2015

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

(posted June 30, 2015, number 515) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle Killingly - Quinebaug River, Butts Bridge

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 5:30 PM Meet at Butts Bridge, 67 Butts Bridge Road (Rt. 688), Canterbury, CT

Event Date: August 18, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/

(posted May 7, 2015, number 20) Water Trail: yes

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Kayak Pachaug Pond

All events and outings open to Sierra Club members and the public. Kayak Pachaug Pond, Sunday, 8/23 10am, (Griswold, CT) Meet at the Pachaug Pond boat launch, 945 Voluntown Road, Griswold, CT We’ll paddle southward and back doing the perimeter of this 841 acre lake that is lightly populated for a quiet paddle. It’s the largest CT public water body east of the CT River and has many fish to attract anglers. Map of pond and this trip at: http://www.bostonkayaker.com/cgi-bin/bkonekpage.cgi?pagekey=pachaugpond Directions: boat launch is at north end of pond off Rte. 138. From central CT take Rte. 2 East to Rte. 395 North. Take exit 85 for Rte. 164 toward CT-138/Preston City/Pachaug. Go ahead .6 miles then turn right onto Rte. 138. Boat ramp is 2.3 miles ahead. If you reach Rte. 395 you’ve gone too far. Bring lunch to enjoy in boat and/or we can hit the town for supper. RSVP by 8/22

Event Date: August 23, 2015

For more information go to http://connecticut.sierraclub.org/outings

(posted July 2, 2015, number 236) Water Trail: yes

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Weeknight Whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT

Monday, Aug 24, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Silver Lake Boat Ramp 251 Norton Lane, Berlin, CT

These sessions are for anyone who is looking to learn the basics of whitewater kayaking with a 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.

This Meetup repeats every week on Monday until August 31, 2015
Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT 1 going Mon Aug 31, 6:00 PM

Event Date: August 24, 2015

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

(posted June 30, 2015, number 516) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle Killingly - Mansfield Hollow (South)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 5:30 PM Meet at Mansfield Hollow Boat Launch, Bassetts Bridge Rd., Mansfield Center, CT

Event Date: August 26, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/

(posted May 7, 2015, number 21) Water Trail: yes

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Four Mile River Moonlight paddle

Saturday, August 29, 2015 5:30 PM Four Mile River Boat Launch Oakridge Drive, Old Lyme, CT (map) black subaru forester w/ blue and white kayak. class 2-4 Don't forget to bring lights and PFD Organizer: Marc LaComb e-mail blkangel1@ yahoo.com cell: 860-919-0610 Call for direction questions or to notify us of your last minute cancellation.

Event Date: August 29, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/221471080/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=221471080

(posted June 15, 2015, number 312) Water Trail: yes

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Branford River paddle

Sunday, August 30, 2015 10:00 AM Branford River Goodsell Point Rd Across from the Branford Yacht Club Branford, CT (map) Class 1-4 depending on direction taken Organizer: Kenny Foscue e-mail: kfosc@snet.net cell: 203-589-1512 Call for direction questions or to notify us of your last minute cancellation.

Event Date: August 30, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/221471091/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=221471091

(posted June 15, 2015, number 569) Water Trail: yes

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Weeknight Whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin, CT

Monday, Aug 31, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Silver Lake Boat Ramp 251 Norton Lane, Berlin, CT

These sessions are for anyone who is looking to learn the basics of whitewater kayaking with a 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.

Event Date: August 31, 2015

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

(posted June 30, 2015, number 588) Water Trail: yes

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Wesleyan boat launch to Glastonbury Ferry and back

Saturday, September 5, 2015 10:00 AM Harbor Park 80 Harbor Drive, Middletown, CT (map) black subaru forester w/ blue and white kayak. Class 1-2 This paddle is geared to the long distance paddlers with the stamina to paddle 10 to 15 miles in a day, It is a nice paddle and very do-able. We will paddle from the Wesleyan Launch site up to the Glastonbury Ferry Landing where we will take a break for food and drink at the concession stand, then it is back to the put-in in Middletown. Organizer: Marc LaComb e-mail: blkangel1@yahoo.com cell: 860-919-0610 Call for direction questions. YOU MUST CALL if you are going to cancel at the last minute so we aren't waiting for no-shows.

Event Date: September 5, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/223227901/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=223227901

(posted June 15, 2015, number 463) Water Trail: yes

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Swallow Paddle

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 5 - 8 PM

Join CRWC & the CT River Museum for a sunset paddle on the CT River to see the swirling flocks of Tree Swallows, numbering in the hundreds of thousands, performing their nightly aerial ballet. Each year, in late summer, Tree Swallows from all over southern New England begin to amass on the CT River to feed on insects, preparing for their southern migration. Every night through September they collect above the marshes at the mouth of the CT River and swirl overhead in enormous flocks before descending into the tall grass marshes to roost for the night. A spectacular sight. p>

To register, contact the museum at 860-767-8269 x110 or crm@ctrivermuse​um.org.

Event Date: September 10, 2015

For more information go to http://www.ctriver.org/news-events/

(posted June 23, 2015, number 61) Water Trail: yes

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HVA Free Paddle Trip - Bartholomew's Cobble to Falls Village

Sept. 19, 2015

Join the Housatonic Valley Association for a free paddle trip on the Housatonic River from Bartholomew's Cobble, MA, to Falls Village, CT.

To register, call 413-394-9796 or email dregan@hvatoday.org or adixon@hvatoday.org.

Event Date: September 19, 2015

For more information go to http://hvatoday.org/events-and-news/events/show/free-housatonic-paddle-trips-beginning-may-30-through-september-19

(posted April 22, 2015, number 725) Water Trail: yes

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Pomperaug River Watershed - 10th Annual Macroinvertebrate Survey

10th Annual Macroinvertebrate Survey

Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition invites volunteers on a treasure hunt for high-quality streams. Emphasis will be placed on surveying small brooks, streams, and creeks in Bethlehem, Woodbury, and Southbury, the main towns in the Pomperaug Watershed. This approach follows recent changes in the statewide program for Rapid Bioassessment by Volunteers (RBV), which is facilitated by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and where PRWC submits its findings.

Adults and children over age 12 (with an adult) are welcome to participate.

Rain Date: September 26,2015.

Event Date: September 19, 2015

For more information go to http://www.pomperaug.org/#!events/c1jf3

(posted May 21, 2015, number 54) Water Trail:

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CT River Source to Sea Cleanup

CRWC’s 19th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup is scheduled for September 25 & 26, 2015.

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.

See more at: http://www.ctriver.org/projects/source-to-sea-cleanup/#sthash.kJgfE1NO.dpuf

Event Date: September 25, 2015

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

(posted June 23, 2015, number 62) Water Trail: yes

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CT River Source to Sea Cleanup

CRWC’s 19th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup is scheduled for September 25 & 26, 2015.

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.

See more at: http://www.ctriver.org/projects/source-to-sea-cleanup/#sthash.kJgfE1NO.dpuf

Event Date: September 26, 2015

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

(posted June 23, 2015, number 64) Water Trail: yes

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Mystic River moonlight paddle

Sunday, September 27, 2015 5:30 PM Mystic River 95 Boat Launch 604 River Rd, Mystic, CT (map) black subaru forester w/ blue and white kayak. class 1-4 Organizers: Marc LaComb John Soehnlein e-mail: blkangel1@yahoo.com e-mail: johnsoehnlein@yahoo.com cell: 860-919-0610 cell: 203-214-7553 Call for direction questions or to inform us of your last minute cancellation.

Event Date: September 27, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/221471120/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=221471120

(posted June 15, 2015, number 666) Water Trail: yes

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Thimble Islands paddle

Sunday, October 18, 2015 10:00 AM Thimble Islands - Stony Creek 178 Thimble Island Rd, Branford, CT (map) On street parking only, Ocean class 2-4 Organizer: John Soehnlein e-mail: johnsoehnlein@yahoo.com cell: 203-214-7553 call for last minute direction questions or to let us know of your last minute cancellation.

Event Date: October 18, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/221471150/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=221471150

(posted June 15, 2015, number 651) Water Trail: yes

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Archived Event Listings: Are you looking for an event listed on this page sometime in the past? You can get over 300 of them going back to 2008 here: Past River Related Events in Connecticut. Warning: its a big page, takes a while to load, many graphics are no longer available and many of the links are no longer active.

Rivers Alliance of Connecticut
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