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River and Water Related Events in CT

WEBSTER LAKE FULL MOON PADDLE ( July 31, 2015 )

Blue Moon Paddle and Picnic on Bantam Lake ( July 31, 2015 )

Blue Moon Paddle and Picnic on Bantam Lake ( 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 )

East River Paddle, Madison-Guilford ( August 1, 2015 )

Paddle from Barn Island Launch to Watch Hill Passage ( August 1, 2015 )

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

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

Tuesday Morning Paddle ( August 4, 2015 )

Tuesday Night Paddlers ( August 4, 2015 )

Bantam Lake Herbicide Application ( August 4, 2015 )

ConnYak Cedar Lake Practice ( August 5, 2015 )

Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle Milford ( August 5, 2015 )

FVTU Campground Cookout ( August 8, 2015 )

Four Mile River ( August 8, 2015 )

Block Island Circumnavigation Paddle ( August 8, 2015 )

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

Paddle Connecticut River, Branford Kayaking Meetup Group ( August 9, 2015 )

HVA RiverFest ( August 9, 2015 )

Paddle Lake Lillinonah Newtown, and the Shepaug River, Southbury/Roxbury ( August 9, 2015 )

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

Kayak Lake Beseck ( August 10, 2015 )

Tuesday Morning Paddle ( August 11, 2015 )

Tuesday Night Paddlers ( August 11, 2015 )

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

ConnYak Cedar Lake Practice ( August 12, 2015 )

Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle Milford ( August 12, 2015 )

Paddle, Fun With Kayaks, East Lyme ( August 15, 2015 )

Paddle, Connecticut River, Hartford to Farmington River, Windsor ( August 16, 2015 )

Paddling on Burr Pond in Torrington ( August 16, 2015 )

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

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

Tuesday Morning Paddle ( August 18, 2015 )

Tuesday Night Paddlers ( August 18, 2015 )

ConnYak Cedar Lake Practice ( August 19, 2015 )

Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle Milford ( August 19, 2015 )

NRWA Sponsors Butterflies! ( August 22, 2015 )

Kayak Pachaug Pond ( August 23, 2015 )

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

Tuesday Morning Paddle ( August 25, 2015 )

Tuesday Night Paddlers ( August 25, 2015 )

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

ConnYak Cedar Lake Practice ( August 26, 2015 )

Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle Milford ( August 26, 2015 )

Full Moon Paddle ( August 28, 2015 )

Four Mile River Moonlight paddle ( August 29, 2015 )

Kayak Tour of Cockenoe Island. ( August 29, 2015 )

Branford River paddle ( August 30, 2015 )

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

Tuesday Night Paddlers ( September 1, 2015 )

Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle Milford ( September 2, 2015 )

ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor Program, Norwalk ( September 4, 2015 )

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

ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor Program, Norwalk ( September 6, 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 )

Paddle, Fun With Kayaks, East Lyme ( September 19, 2015 )

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

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

Paddle Salmon River, East Haddam, Branford Kayak Meetup Group ( September 26, 2015 )

Mystic River moonlight paddle ( September 27, 2015 )

Thimble Islands paddle ( October 18, 2015 )

Other Event Calendars


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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Blue Moon Paddle and Picnic on Bantam Lake

Friday, July 31, 2015, Picnic 6:30 PM, Paddle 7:30 PM, State Boat Launch, Bantam Lake

The second full moon of any month (a rare occurrence) is called a “blue moon” — hence the saying, “once in a blue moon.” This year, there will be a blue moon on July 31. Bring your kayak or canoe to join Diane and Paul Edwards as they paddle on Bantam Lake “by the light of the silvery (blue) moon.” Moonrise is at 8:10 p.m., but we will put in around 7:30 at the state boat launch at the corner of Route 209 and Palmer Road in Morris. The parking lot has a grassy median, where we will have a picnic dinner at 6:30. For the picnic, bring your food, beverage, plate, utensils, etc., as well as a chair or blanket. For paddling, bring insect repellent and a headlamp or flashlight. If it’s cloudy Friday night, we will go on Saturday night, Aug. 1 — same time and place (but moonrise will be at 8:51.

Please let Diane know if you plan to attend; contact her at edwards68@charter.net or 860-309-5139.

Event Date: July 31, 2015

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

(posted July 29, 2015, number 80) Water Trail: yes

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Blue Moon Paddle and Picnic on Bantam Lake

Friday, July 31, 2015, Picnic 6:30 PM, Paddle 7:30 PM, State Boat Launch, Bantam Lake

The second full moon of any month (a rare occurrence) is called a “blue moon” — hence the saying, “once in a blue moon.” This year, there will be a blue moon on July 31. Bring your kayak or canoe to join Diane and Paul Edwards as they paddle on Bantam Lake “by the light of the silvery (blue) moon.” Moonrise is at 8:10 p.m., but we will put in around 7:30 at the state boat launch at the corner of Route 209 and Palmer Road in Morris. The parking lot has a grassy median, where we will have a picnic dinner at 6:30. For the picnic, bring your food, beverage, plate, utensils, etc., as well as a chair or blanket. For paddling, bring insect repellent and a headlamp or flashlight. If it’s cloudy Friday night, we will go on Saturday night, Aug. 1 — same time and place (but moonrise will be at 8:51.

Please let Diane know if you plan to attend; contact her at edwards68@charter.net or 860-309-5139.

Event Date: July 31, 2015

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

(posted July 29, 2015, number 80) 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

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

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East River Paddle, Madison-Guilford

Saturday, August 1, 2015 10:00 AM East River Boat Launch Neck Road, Madison, CT (map) Paddlers need to supply their own equipment. Please RSVP “No” ONLY if you are changing your RSVP from a “Yes.” Otherwise, no response is required! Meet at 10:00 a.m. for an estimated launch time of 10:20 a.m. from the boat launch on Neck Road in Madison to make the most of the 12:28 p.m. high tide for this 9 mile moderated paced paddle of the East River up to the East River Preserve for lunch. AFTER we return to the start, there is the option of another 4 miles exploring portions of the Neck River and Bailey’s Creek. For safety’s sake, wear your life jacket for the trip duration. Bring lunch, water and snacks. You must provide your own boat and equipment. Completion of a wet exit is NOT a requirement of this flatwater trip; that requirement applies to sea kayaking trips on the Long Island Sound (which this is not). Trip overview at: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/2992295 Launch website: http://www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/site.asp?siteid=464 1 Circle Beach Rd., Madison is your best bet for a GPS destination. This will bring you within half a mile of the launch. Directions:I-95 North to Exit 59 and right on Soundview Rd. to the traffic light. Left on Rt. 1 East and go 2.2 miles. Right on Neck Road after crossing the Neck River. I-95 South to Exit 60 and left onto Mungertown Rd. and go 0.6 miles. Left onto Rt. 1 East and go about 0.2 miles. Make the next right onto Neck Rd. after crossing the Neck River. From both directions: Go about 100 yards and turn right again, continuing on Neck Rd. for 1.3 miles. At the end of Neck Road, turn left on Ridgewood Ave. for 0.3 miles. Turn right onto Circle Beach Rd. at the curve for 0.3 miles. The boat launch entrance (a gravel road) is on your right. Drive to the end and park in the paved lot where there is a porta-potty. You will see some directional signs along Neck Road. Some are brown and say “East River.” Others are green and say “Boat Launch.” L: Tom Ebersold,

Event Date: August 1, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/AMC-CT-Chapter/events/224037465/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=224037465&_af=event

(posted July 20, 2015, number 505) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle from Barn Island Launch to Watch Hill Passage

Saturday, August 1, 2015 10:30 AM Barn Island State Boat Launch 299 Palmer Neck Road, Stonington, CT In The Water at 10:30 AM. ready tp paddle. This paddle is vary dependent on the timing of the tide and current in the Race. Slack water Ebb begins 12:52 PM. High tide 9:43 Low tide 3: 51. On this paddle I will leave late arrivals behind We will paddle from Barn Island around Napatree Point to Watch Hill Point. This is a 10 mile paddle with some moving wate and waves an interesting paddle. This is an intermediate level 3 paddle. Bring Lunch, we will be landing on the beach somewhere around Napatree Point.

Event Date: August 1, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/events/224194944/

(posted July 27, 2015, number 509) 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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Tuesday Morning Paddle

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 8:00 AM Beach 28 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford, CT (map) 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 reservation This Meetup repeats every week on Tuesday Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Aug 11 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Aug 18, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Aug 25, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 1, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 8, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 15, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 22, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 29, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Oct 6, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Oct 13, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Oct 20, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Oct 27, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Nov 3, 8:00 AM

Event Date: August 4, 2015

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

(posted July 16, 2015, number 193) Water Trail: yes

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Tuesday Night Paddlers

A group of kayakers who meet on Tuesday Nights to go Paddling.

Every week they meet at a different launch along the Connecticut coast from Old Saybrook to Stonington. After kayaking there is a potluck luau .

Go to their Meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/Tuesday-Night-Paddle/ to see where they are going next.

Event Date: August 4, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/Tuesday-Night-Paddle/

(posted July 27, 2015, number 499) Water Trail: yes

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Bantam Lake Herbicide Application

WEED TREATMENT Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Selected areas of Bantam lake will be chemically treated with Reward (diquat) and Aquathol-K (Endothall) herbicides for control of nuisance aquatic vegetation. Use of the lake water within and for a distance of 500 feet beyond the treatment areas is restricted for boating, swimming and fishing on the day of treatment only; irrigation for five (5) days following treatment or until August 10th, and drinking and livestock watering for 14 days following treatment or until August 19th. Morris Town beach and Sandy Beach will be closed on Tuesday, August 4. All boat launches will remain open. In accordance with DEEP requirements, the lake shoreline will be posted with signs indicating applicable water use restrictions prior to treatment. DEEP has issued a permit for this chemical treatment which is but one part of an ongoing comprehensive watershed management program. The project organizers and proponents include the Bantam Lake Protective Association, the Town of Morris, and, the White Memorial Foundation. Aquatic Control Technology of Sutton, MA, is the CT licensed company performing the chemical treatment and consultant to the BLPA. The areas being treated are outlined in red on a map of bantam lake at http://files.ctctcdn.com/5b6f2cc1101/c12d4b43-de72-4a13-9302-77de75ff80c6.pdf

Event Date: August 4, 2015

For more information go to http://bantamlakect.com/

(posted July 29, 2015, number 602) Water Trail: yes

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ConnYak Cedar Lake Practice

Wednesday, July 22, 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 Wed Aug 5, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Aug 12, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Aug 19, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Aug 26, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 2, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 9, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 16, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 23, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 30, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Oct 7, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Oct 14, 4:00 PM

Event Date: August 5, 2015

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

(posted July 14, 2015, number 288) Water Trail: yes

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Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle Milford

Wednesday, Aug 5, 2015 6:30 PM

After work paddle. On the water at 6:30 so please come early to unload and get going. Beach launch. Plenty of free street parking.

Plan to head out for an hour or two and watch the sky change colors.

Rentals available- Sit on top kayaks or paddleboards, reservations required. If renting plan to arrive 15 minutes early.

See you then!

This Meetup repeats every week on Wednesday

Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle 1 going Wed Aug 12 6:30 PM

Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle 1 going Wed Aug 19, 6:30 PM

Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle 1 going Wed Aug 26, 6:30 PM

Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle 1 going Wed Sep 2, 6:30 PM

Event Date: August 5, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/New-Haven-and-Fairfield-County-Kayak-Club/events/223930647/

(posted July 17, 2015, number 592) 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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Block Island Circumnavigation Paddle

Saturday, August 8, 2015 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM Block Island Ferry 304 Great Island Road, Narragansett, RI The semi-annual ConnYak Block Island adventure - this time a full circumnavigation. Details will be forthcoming.

Event Date: August 8, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/events/224207533/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=224207533

(posted July 27, 2015, number 220) 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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Paddle Connecticut River, Branford Kayaking Meetup Group

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 10:00 AM

Where: Hartford, Connecticut River, Riverside Park

Call for last-minute directions or last-minute no-shows: Phone: 860-919-0610

Event Date: August 9, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/223860545/

(posted July 13, 2015, number 69) Water Trail: yes

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HVA RiverFest

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 1 - 5 p.m., West Cornwall Village Riverfront

A Cornwall 275th Anniversary Event. On-shore demos and displays: fly fishing, canoe safety, Fire Department pumper demonstration. Funny Boat Float. Kids' activities. Food. Live music. Paint the Town by local artists and gallery show at Wish House. Sponsored by Housatonic Valley Association and Town of Cornwall.

Event Date: August 9, 2015

For more information go to http://hvatoday.org/events-and-news/events/show/hva-riverfest

(posted July 24, 2015, number 78) Water Trail: Yes

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Paddle Lake Lillinonah Newtown, and the Shepaug River, Southbury/Roxbury

Sunday, August 9, 2015 9:30 AM Lake Lillinonah (Pond Brook) Boat Launch 158 Hanover Rd., Newtown, CT

Please RSVP “No” ONLY if you are changing your RSVP from a “Yes.” Otherwise, no response is required!

Paddlers need to supply their own equipment.

Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Pond Brook Boat Launch, 160 Hanover Rd, Newtown with an expected launch by 9:50 a.m. Moderately paced 4- to 5-hour, 10-mile paddle in the quieter end of Lake Lillinonah with an excursion up the Shepaug River to Roxbury Falls and return the same way.

We will stop for lunch at Roxbury Falls, which is not an actual waterfall, but a series of cascades in the Shepaug River, just south of Minor Bridge Rd. The cascades are an excellent place to cool off on a hot summer’s day. Appropriately enough, Shepaug is an Indian name that means rocky water, which accurately describes the river BEYOND the point where we stop for lunch.

Bring lunch, snacks, and water. Life jacket must be worn for the trip duration. Completion of a wet exit is NOT a requirement of this flatwater trip.

Trip overview at http://ridewithgps.com/trips/764015. Directions: I-84 Exit 10 to Route 6 West for 0.6 miles. Right onto The Boulevard (becomes Hanover Rd.) and travel for 3.4 miles. The launch is on the right. You can unload your car in the area directly facing the launch, but do not leave your car there because vehicles with trailers need the space to maneuver their trailers.

Housatonic River paddle guide: http://www.hvatoday.org/assets/PDFs/ConnPaddleGuide.pdf

Lake Lillinonah history: http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Lake-Lillinonah-has-colorful-history-55777.php

Friends of the Lake website: http://www.friendsofthelake.org/

Leader Tom Ebersold

Event Date: August 9, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/AMC-CT-Chapter/events/224191804/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=224191804

(posted July 27, 2015, number 677) 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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Tuesday Morning Paddle

Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:00 AM Beach 28 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford, CT (map) 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 reservation This Meetup repeats every week on Tuesday Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Aug 18, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Aug 25, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 1, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 8, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 15, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 22, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 29, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Oct 6, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Oct 13, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Oct 20, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Oct 27, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Nov 3, 8:00 AM

Event Date: August 11, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/New-Haven-and-Fairfield-County-Kayak-Club/events/223930652/

(posted July 16, 2015, number 226) Water Trail: yes

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Tuesday Night Paddlers

A group of kayakers who meet on Tuesday Nights to go Paddling.

Every week they meet at a different launch along the Connecticut coast from Old Saybrook to Stonington. After kayaking there is a potluck luau .

Go to their Meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/Tuesday-Night-Paddle/ to see where they are going next.

Event Date: August 11, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/Tuesday-Night-Paddle/

(posted July 27, 2015, number 525) 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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ConnYak Cedar Lake Practice

Wednesday, July 22, 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 Wed Aug 19, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Aug 26, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 2, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 9, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 16, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 23, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 30, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Oct 7, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Oct 14, 4:00 PM

Event Date: August 12, 2015

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

(posted July 14, 2015, number 290) Water Trail: yes

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Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle Milford

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 6:30 PM

After work paddle. On the water at 6:30 so please come early to unload and get going. Beach launch. Plenty of free street parking.

Plan to head out for an hour or two and watch the sky change colors.

Rentals available- Sit on top kayaks or paddleboards, reservations required. If renting plan to arrive 15 minutes early.

See you then!

This Meetup repeats every week on Wednesday

Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle 1 going Wed Aug 19, 6:30 PM

Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle 1 going Wed Aug 26, 6:30 PM

Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle 1 going Wed Sep 2, 6:30 PM

Event Date: August 12, 2015

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

(posted July 17, 2015, number 594) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle, Fun With Kayaks, East Lyme

Saturday, August 15, 2015 10:00 AM Powers Lake Whistletown Road, East Lyme, CT (map) Leader: Barry Gorfain, [masked] [masked] (best time to call: before 9pm) Please contact Barry with questions; Tom Ebersold is posting this event, but not organizing it. NEW LOCATION. Powers Lake, East Lyme. Meet at 10 AM at the boat launch, off Whistletown Road, East Lyme. Brush up old kayaking skills and learn new ones in this hands-on, in-the-water training session. Learn about boat setup and safety equipment. Skills practiced include strokes and self- and assisted rescues. Learn to wet exit and re-entry so you are qualified to participate in Connecticut chapter sea kayak trips. Participants must supply their own boat, paddle, life jacket (PFD) and other equipment. Wear a bathing suit; everyone gets wet! Free! Beginners welcome. Driving Directions: I-95 North or South to Exit 74. Left onto Rt. 161 for 0.3 miles. Left onto Rt. 1 for 0.5 miles. Right onto Upper Pattagansett Rd. for 2.7 miles. Bear right onto Whistletown Rd. for 0.6 miles. Right down unmarked road to ramp.

Event Date: August 15, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/AMC-CT-Chapter/events/222677994/

(posted July 27, 2015, number 228) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle, Connecticut River, Hartford to Farmington River, Windsor

Sunday, August 16, 2015 10:00 AM Riverside Park 20 Leibert Road, Hartford, CT (map) Sun. Aug. 16, Connecticut River, Hartford. Meet at 10:00 a.m. for an expected launch by 10:20 a.m. from the boat launch at Riverside Park, 20 Leibert Road, Hartford. Out and back moderately paced paddle on the Connecticut River from Hartford to the mount of the Farmington River in Windsor, totaling 11 miles. After working your way north, enjoy an easy cruise back as the current does most of the work. For paddler’s safety, a life jacket must be worn for the trip duration. Completion of a wet exit is NOT a requirement of this flatwater trip. Bring lunch, snacks, and water. You must provide your own boat and related equipment. The leader does not have any loaners, nor does he have any information on rentals. If you would like to rent a canoe or kayak, contact a shop that sells boats to see if they rent them. Trip overview with map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9140931Park website: http://www.riverfront.org/parks/great-river-park Directions: I-91 North to Exit 33. Right on Jennings Road and immediately right onto Liebert Road. Go 0.5 miles, and then bear left into the park and continue straight until you reach the parking lot by the boathouse. I-91 South to Exit 33. Left on Jennings Rd. Go under the highway and turn right onto Liebert Road. Go 0.5 miles, and then bear left into the park and continue straight until you reach the parking lot by the boathouse. Note: The GPS address will bring you to the park entrance, not the boat ramp. Ignore the signs for parking fees; they apply to people with trailers. L: Tom Ebersold

Event Date: August 16, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/AMC-CT-Chapter/events/224191911/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=224191911

(posted July 27, 2015, number 212) Water Trail: yes

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Paddling on Burr Pond in Torrington

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 11 a.m., Burr Pond State Park Boat Launch, Torrington

Explore Burr Pond by kayak or canoe, led by Diane and Paul Edwards. Heavy rain, T-­storm, or high wind cancels this trip.

Please let Diane know if you plan to attend; contact her at edwards68@charter.net or 860-309-5139.

Event Date: August 16, 2015

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

(posted July 29, 2015, number 81) 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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Tuesday Morning Paddle

Tuesday Morning Paddle Tue Aug 18, 8:00 AM Beach 28 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford, CT (map) 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 reservation This Meetup repeats every week on Tuesday Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Aug 25, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 1, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 8, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 15, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 22, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 29, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Oct 6, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Oct 13, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Oct 20, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Oct 27, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Nov 3, 8:00 AM

Event Date: August 18, 2015

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

(posted July 16, 2015, number 187) Water Trail: yes

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Tuesday Night Paddlers

A group of kayakers who meet on Tuesday Nights to go Paddling.

Every week they meet at a different launch along the Connecticut coast from Old Saybrook to Stonington. After kayaking there is a potluck luau .

Go to their Meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/Tuesday-Night-Paddle/ to see where they are going next.

Event Date: August 18, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/Tuesday-Night-Paddle/

(posted July 27, 2015, number 582) Water Trail: yes

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ConnYak Cedar Lake Practice

4:00 PM

Cedar Lake Boat Launch Bishop Rd., Chester, CT Cedar Lake Practice Wed Aug 26, 4:00 PM

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 Wed Aug 26, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 2, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 9, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 16, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 23, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 30, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Oct 7, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Oct 14, 4:00 PM

Event Date: August 19, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/events/223944824/

(posted July 16, 2015, number 341) Water Trail: yes

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Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle Milford

Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015 6:30 PM

After work paddle. On the water at 6:30 so please come early to unload and get going. Beach launch. Plenty of free street parking.

Plan to head out for an hour or two and watch the sky change colors.

Rentals available- Sit on top kayaks or paddleboards, reservations required. If renting plan to arrive 15 minutes early.

See you then!

This Meetup repeats every week on Wednesday

Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle 1 going Wed Aug 26, 6:30 PM

Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle 1 going Wed Sep 2, 6:30 PM

Event Date: August 19, 2015

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

(posted July 17, 2015, number 595) Water Trail: yes

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NRWA Sponsors Butterflies!

A Walk Led By Redding Lepidopterist Victor DeMasi Saturday, August 22, 10am to noon

The Norwalk River Watershed Association invites the public to participate in this free event. Lepidopterist Victor DeMasi, Research Affiliate for the Peabody Museum in New Haven and Advisory Board member of the Norwalk River Watershed Association, has been studying butterflies and moths in an area along the Norwalk River since 1977. He will introduce area butterflies and moths, discuss their food and habitats, and show his remarkable collection. Learn which native plants and trees Connecticut butterflies need to survive and how you can transform your own yard into a butterfly sanctuary.

Meet at the intersection of Simpaug Turnpike and Route 7 in Redding on Saturday, August 22 at 10 am (Rain date: Sunday August 23). Easy walk. All ages welcome. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes and tick repellant. For reservations, contact DeMasi at 203-448-0106 or victormonarch@yahoo.com .

The Norwalk River Watershed Association, incorporated in 1996, is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to improve the water quality and aesthetic value of the 40,000-acre Norwalk River watershed; to encourage recreational use of the existing trails and open space; and to promote research, education, cooperation, and action on the part of the stakeholders in the seven watershed towns in CT (Ridgefield, Redding, Wilton, New Canaan, Weston, and Norwalk) and NY (Lewisboro).

Event Date: August 22, 2015

For more information go to http://norwalkriver.org/events/

(posted July 27, 2015, number 170) Water Trail: No

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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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Tuesday Morning Paddle

Tuesday Morning Paddle Tue Aug 25, 8:00 AM Beach 28 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford, CT (map) 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 reservation This Meetup repeats every week on Tuesday Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 1, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 8, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 15, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 22, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Sep 29, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Oct 6, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Oct 13, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Oct 20, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Oct 27, 8:00 AM Tuesday Morning Paddle 1 going Tue Nov 3, 8:00 AM

Event Date: August 25, 2015

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

(posted July 16, 2015, number 182) Water Trail: yes

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Tuesday Night Paddlers

A group of kayakers who meet on Tuesday Nights to go Paddling.

Every week they meet at a different launch along the Connecticut coast from Old Saybrook to Stonington. After kayaking there is a potluck luau .

Go to their Meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/Tuesday-Night-Paddle/ to see where they are going next.

Event Date: August 25, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/Tuesday-Night-Paddle/

(posted July 27, 2015, number 583) 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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ConnYak Cedar Lake Practice

Cedar Lake Boat Launch Bishop Rd., Chester, CT Cedar Lake Practice Wed Aug 26, 4:00 PM

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 Wed Sep 2, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 9, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 16, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 23, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Sep 30, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Oct 7, 4:00 PM
Cedar Lake Practice Wed Oct 14, 4:00 PM

Event Date: August 26, 2015

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

(posted July 14, 2015, number 149) Water Trail: yes

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Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle Milford

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 6:30 PM

After work paddle. On the water at 6:30 so please come early to unload and get going. Beach launch. Plenty of free street parking.

Plan to head out for an hour or two and watch the sky change colors.

Rentals available- Sit on top kayaks or paddleboards, reservations required. If renting plan to arrive 15 minutes early.

See you then!

This Meetup repeats every week on Wednesday

Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle 1 going Wed Sep 2, 6:30 PM

Event Date: August 26, 2015

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

(posted July 17, 2015, number 630) Water Trail: yes

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Full Moon Paddle

Friday, August 28, 2015 6:30 PM Launch Trolley Road, Guilford, CT (map) In the water 6:30 PM From Trolly road we will paddle into the Thimble Islands to watch the sun set and the moon rise. This is a low kea paddle with an easy pace to enjoy an evening on the water. You will need navigation lights after dark. A white light that displays 360 degrees is ok. There will probably be a de briefing after the paddle.

Event Date: August 28, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/events/224247490/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=224247490

(posted July 29, 2015, number 153) 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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Kayak Tour of Cockenoe Island.

Saturday, August 29, 10AM to noon. Kayak Tour of Cockenoe Island.

Registration is required, limited number of boats. Please call us at 203-222-1424 to register.

Join David Park as he leads the Westport Historical Society’s annual kayak tour to Cockenoe Island, a 28-acre island one mile off the coast of Westport.

Park is an advisory board member of the Norwalk River Watershed Association and author of the guidebook Kayaking in and around the Norwalk Islands.

Cockenoe Island is open to the public thanks to the hundreds of Westport residents and town officials who fought against the proposed construction of a nuclear power plant back in 1967. After the plan was defeated, Westport purchased the island as open space, and it is now enjoyed by all types of recreational users and nature enthusiasts.

The tour group will land on the island for a stroll and hear about how the Saugatuck River watershed affects the water quality of Long Island Sound and wildlife of the Norwalk Islands. Cockenoe Island is of particular interest because of the current conservation efforts and successful nesting colonies of egrets, herons and terns.

Intermediate level kayak ability is required. $20 fee per boat, Members: $15 , Rain date: August 30.

Meet at: Longshore Sailing School, Longshore Park, Westport. Kayak rentals available from Longshore Sailing School, Call 203-226-4646 (single and double Kayaks are available).

Copies of “Kayaking in and around the Norwalk Islands” are also available for $10 in the Gift Shop at WHS. A different guide is available online through the CT Southwest Regional Planning Agency.

Registration is required, limited number of boats. Please call us at 203-222-1424 to register.

Event Date: August 29, 2015

For more information go to http://norwalkriver.org/events/

(posted July 27, 2015, number 162) 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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Tuesday Night Paddlers

A group of kayakers who meet on Tuesday Nights to go Paddling.

Every week they meet at a different launch along the Connecticut coast from Old Saybrook to Stonington. After kayaking there is a potluck luau .

Go to their Meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/Tuesday-Night-Paddle/ to see where they are going next.

Event Date: September 1, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/Tuesday-Night-Paddle/

(posted July 27, 2015, number 581) Water Trail: yes

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Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle Milford

Wednesday, , 2015 6:30 PM

After work paddle. On the water at 6:30 so please come early to unload and get going. Beach launch. Plenty of free street parking.

Plan to head out for an hour or two and watch the sky change colors.

Rentals available- Sit on top kayaks or paddleboards, reservations required. If renting plan to arrive 15 minutes early.

See you then!

This Meetup repeats every week on Wednesday

Event Date: September 2, 2015

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

(posted July 17, 2015, number 648) Water Trail: yes

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ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor Program, Norwalk

Friday, September 4, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Base at Calf Pasture Beach, 48 Calf Pasture Beach Road, Norwalk, CT

Scott Szczepaniak, of Sea Kayak Carolina, will be the Instructor Trainer for the course. The dates and prices are as follows:

New Level 2 candidates (3-days, 9/4 - 9/6) $375

New Level 3 candidates (5-days, 9/4- 9/8) $625

L2 to L3 upgrade (3-days, 9/6 - 9/8) $375

L3 update (9/6 - 9/8) $375

L2 update (9/4 - 9/6) $375

Sea Kayak Connecticut has high-quality sea kayaks and equipment for rent if needed.

The maximum enrollment is 10 candidates, (space presently available for 6) so please reach out to to David to reserve your spot as soon as possible.

Not 100% sure? Then please check out the Pre-ICW being held on 7/18 and 7/19 here - http://www.connyak.org/cgi-bin/Commercial.pl/page/1/md/read/id/361/sbj/pre-icw-7-18-7-19/

Please contact David at seakayakct.com for more information or to register.

Event Date: September 4, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/StamfordKayakGroup/events/223813321/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=223813321

(posted July 13, 2015, number 65) 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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ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor Program, Norwalk

Friday, September 6, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Base at Calf Pasture Beach, 48 Calf Pasture Beach Road, Norwalk, CT

Scott Szczepaniak, of Sea Kayak Carolina, will be the Instructor Trainer for the course. The dates and prices are as follows:

New Level 2 candidates (3-days, 9/4 - 9/6) $375

New Level 3 candidates (5-days, 9/4- 9/8) $625

L2 to L3 upgrade (3-days, 9/6 - 9/8) $375

L3 update (9/6 - 9/8) $375

L2 update (9/4 - 9/6) $375

Sea Kayak Connecticut has high-quality sea kayaks and equipment for rent if needed.

The maximum enrollment is 10 candidates, (space presently available for 6) so please reach out to to David to reserve your spot as soon as possible.

Not 100% sure? Then please check out the Pre-ICW being held on 7/18 and 7/19 here - http://www.connyak.org/cgi-bin/Commercial.pl/page/1/md/read/id/361/sbj/pre-icw-7-18-7-19/

Please contact David at seakayakct.com for more information or to register.

Event Date: September 6, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/StamfordKayakGroup/events/223813321/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=223813321

(posted July 13, 2015, number 66) 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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Paddle, Fun With Kayaks, East Lyme

Saturday, September 19, 2015 10:00 AM Powers Lake Whistletown Road, East Lyme, CT (map) Leader: Barry Gorfain, [masked] [masked] (best time to call: before 9pm) Please contact Barry with questions; Tom Ebersold is posting this event, but not organizing it. NEW LOCATION. Powers Lake, East Lyme. Meet at 10 AM at the boat launch, off Whistletown Road, East Lyme. Brush up old kayaking skills and learn new ones in this hands-on, in-the-water training session. Learn about boat setup and safety equipment. Skills practiced include strokes and self- and assisted rescues. Learn to wet exit and re-entry so you are qualified to participate in Connecticut chapter sea kayak trips. Participants must supply their own boat, paddle, life jacket (PFD) and other equipment. Wear a bathing suit; everyone gets wet! Free! Beginners welcome. Driving Directions: I-95 North or South to Exit 74. Left onto Rt. 161 for 0.3 miles. Left onto Rt. 1 for 0.5 miles. Right onto Upper Pattagansett Rd. for 2.7 miles. Bear right onto Whistletown Rd. for 0.6 miles. Right down unmarked road to ramp.

This Meetup repeats on the 3rd Saturday of every month

Paddle, Fun With Kayaks, East Lyme 1 going Sat Oct 17 10:00 AM

Paddle, Fun With Kayaks, East Lyme 1 going Sat Nov 21 10:00 AM

Paddle, Fun With Kayaks, East Lyme 1 going Sat Dec 19, 10:00 AM

Paddle, Fun With Kayaks, East Lyme 1 going Sat Jan 16, 2016, 10:00 AM

Paddle, Fun With Kayaks, East Lyme 1 going Sat Feb 20, 2016, 10:00 AM

Event Date: September 19, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/AMC-CT-Chapter/events/222628958/

(posted July 27, 2015, number 229) 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 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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Paddle Salmon River, East Haddam, Branford Kayak Meetup Group

Saturday, September 26, 2015, 10:00 AM

117E Haddam Moodus Road, East Haddam, CT

Organizer: Chris Mason

e-mail: johnsoehnlein@yahoo.com

203-623-3875 Call for last-minute direction questions or to let us know of your last-minute cancellation.

Event Date: September 26, 2015

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

(posted July 13, 2015, number 71) 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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Rivers Alliance of Connecticut
PO Box 1797, 7 West Street 3rd Floor, Litchfield, CT 06759-1797
860-361-9349
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