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     Ross Pond/Old Furnace Paddle, Killingly, CT ( July 29, 2014 )

     Wed Night Paddle to Charles Island ( July 30, 2014 )

     Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga Class ( July 31, 2014 )

     Norwalk River Butterflies! ( August 2, 2014 )

     Guided Canoe Tours at Cove Island Park in Stamford ( August 2, 2014 )

     Paddle around Selden Island on the Connecticut River ( August 2, 2014 )

     CT AMC Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin ( August 4, 2014 )

     Pachaug River Paddle, Voluntown, CT ( August 6, 2014 )

     Paddle the Housatonic River in South Lee, MA ( August 6, 2014 )

     YakJam VII: Norwalk Islands Kayaker Jamboree (Fri.) ( August 8, 2014 )

     Guided Canoe Tours at Cove Island Park in Stamford ( August 9, 2014 )

     Connecticut River Challenge ( August 9, 2014 )

     Paddle and Picnic Longmeadow Pond in Bethlehem, CT and see a show at the Abbey! ( August 10, 2014 )

     CT AMC Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin ( August 11, 2014 )

     Paddle on Pachaug Pond ( August 12, 2014 )

     Guided Canoe Tours at Cove Island Park in Stamford ( August 16, 2014 )

     CT AMC Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin ( August 18, 2014 )

     TLGV Water Trails Steering Committee ( August 19, 2014 )

     Hopeville Pond Paddle ( August 20, 2014 )

     Guided Canoe Tours at Cove Island Park in Stamford ( August 23, 2014 )

     CT AMC Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin ( August 25, 2014 )

     Keech Pond ( August 26, 2014 )

     Ride the Shetucket River ( August 30, 2014 )

     FULL MOON : West Thompson Lake ( September 9, 2014 )

     Old Killingly Pond ( September 17, 2014 )

     Paddle through Lover’s Leap Gorge, New Milford ( September 20, 2014 )

     Five Mile River Paddle Pizza Party ( September 23, 2014 )

     Quinebaug River Brooklyn Paddle ( September 23, 2014 )

     Ride the Shetucket River ( September 27, 2014 )

     Ride the Shetucket River ( October 11, 2014 )

     Pumpkin Race (flatwater) ( October 12, 2014 )

     Housatonic Valley Paddle Club (HVPC) ( December 31, 2014 )

Other Event Calendars


Ross Pond/Old Furnace Paddle, Killingly, CT

Tuesday, July 29, 5:30 PM Informal, show-and-go paddle coordinated by Paddle Killingly, a group of random individuals who get together once a week and paddle in the waters of Northeast Connecticut. For more information see www.meetup.com/paddlekillingly.

Event Date: July 29, 2014

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

(posted May 28, 2014, number 409) Water Trail: yes

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Wed Night Paddle to Charles Island

Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:30 PM 28 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford, CT Bridgeport Ave to Naugatuck Ave. All the way to the end and don't stop when you hit water.... After work paddle. Beach launch. Plenty of free street parking. Paddle to Charles Island. Expect one and a half to two hour paddle.

Event Date: July 30, 2014

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

(posted June 18, 2014, number 454) Water Trail: yes

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Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga Class

Thursday, July 31, 6:30 PM,Bantam Lake, Litchfield Town Beach, North Shore Road, Litchfield

Calling all water-loving yogis!! Lester, an SUP-certified yoga instructor, will guide you through a 75-minute exploration of yoga and paddle. All are welcome...beginner to expert yogis and paddlers!

Please contact Sportsmen's of Litchfield (860-567-3167) in advance to reserve a space. SUPs are available upon request and availability.

One-hour class: $20

One-hour class w/ SUP rental: $45

Event Date: July 31, 2014

For more information go to http://www.sportsmens.biz/events.php

(posted May 27, 2014, number 399) Water Trail: yes

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Norwalk River Butterflies!

Saturday, August 2, 10 AM -12 PM. Butterflies! (Rain date: August 3)

Victor DeMasi, lepidopterist, research affiliate for Yale’s Peabody Museum and NRWA Advisory Board member, 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.

Meet at 10 Simpaug Turnpike, Redding, a half-mile east of Rt. 7. Easy walk. For reservations, contact DeMasi at 203-448-0106 or victormonarch@yahoo.com.

Event Date: August 2, 2014

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

(posted March 27, 2014, number 352) Water Trail: No

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Guided Canoe Tours at Cove Island Park in Stamford

This Summer, discover local wildlife and habitats during guided canoe tours at Cove Island Park in Stamford. On Saturdays, from July 5 through August 23, SoundWaters is leading guided canoe tours on Holly Pond at Stamford's Cove Island Park. The 1-hour canoe tours begin at 10 am and 12 noon.

Cost is $20 for adult or child. Children must be at least 8 years old. There is no pre-registration. Sign up is on the day of the event at the SoundWaters Coastal Education Center at Cove Island Park. A Stamford Beach Sticker or day parking pass purchased at the guard booth is required for participants.

SoundWaters will supply canoes, paddles and life jackets (required), and a brief talk on paddling techniques and safety. Visit www.soundwaters.org/canoes for details, including answers to frequently asked questions, or call 203-406-3336 for information and weather updates.

Canoe Volunteers Needed: SoundWaters is also looking for experienced volunteer canoeists/kayakers to assist with the canoe program on selected Saturdays. Volunteers will work closely with the Canoe Leader, on the water or on land spotting canoeists, helping launch canoes and other tasks as necessary. For more information, contact Dianne at 203-406-3302. Dianne Selditch SoundWaters Center Director 203-406-3302 dianne@soundwaters.org www.soundwaters.org

Event Date: August 2, 2014

For more information go to http://www.soundwaters.org/canoes-2/

(posted June 26, 2014, number 484) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle around Selden Island on the Connecticut River

Saturday, August 2, 2014 10:00 AM Goodspeed launch Lumber Yard Road, East Haddam, CT (map) Generally an easy paddle on a summer day (although note it's about 13 n.m. so level 2-3). We launch just south of the Goodspeed Opera House on the east side of the River, paddling down river around the island and stopping for lunch on the island. If you are travelling from the east, bear in mind there are construction detours on Route 82 / Norwich Road, so plan accordingly (more details at: http://www.goodspeed.org/My%20Files/Rt%2082%20detour2.pdf)

Event Date: August 2, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/events/192579602/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=192579602&_af=event

(posted July 7, 2014, number 508) Water Trail: yes

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CT AMC Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin

Monday, August 4, 2014 6:00 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.

Where? Silver Lake Boat ramp. Berlin CT

When? Mon. evenings in July and August. Dates: July 7, 14,21, 28 Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25 Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 or sunset

Cost: Instruction: FREE! Boat and Gear if needed: FREE! Contact: Mark Schappert 203-240-3544

Event Date: August 4, 2014

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

(posted July 9, 2014, number 516) Water Trail: yes

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Pachaug River Paddle, Voluntown, CT

Wednesday, August 6, 5:30 PM Informal, show-and-go paddle coordinated by Paddle Killingly, a group of random individuals who get together once a week and paddle in the waters of Northeast Connecticut. For more information see www.meetup.com/paddlekillingly.

Event Date: August 6, 2014

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

(posted May 28, 2014, number 410) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle the Housatonic River in South Lee, MA

Free Paddle Trips on the Housatonic River – 2014

HVA is pleased to announce a series of free paddle trips on the river for this season. Registration is required. Space is limited! Reserve a space in one of our canoes or register to bring your own boat. Call HVA at 413-394-9796 or email adixon@hvatoday.org for registration or further information. Additional trip information is provided to registered participants. All of our trips are in partnership with the Upper Housatonic Valley Heritage Area. In addition, we are grateful to the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for cosponsoring our paddle trips.

Wednesday, August 6 Time: 3pm – 6pm Paddle the Housatonic River in South Lee Enjoy paddling a beautiful, flatwater stretch of the Housatonic River. Here the river, “ponded” by the Willow Mill dam, calmly meanders through fields and forests providing great views of Beartown Mountain. Suitable for beginners and families with children 6 years and older

Event Date: August 6, 2014

For more information go to http://www.hvatoday.org/assets/PDFs/PaddleTripsSummer2014.pdf

(posted June 14, 2014, number 438) Water Trail: yes

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YakJam VII: Norwalk Islands Kayaker Jamboree (Fri.)

Friday, August 8, 2014 4:00 PM Calf Pasture Beach Calf Pasture Beach Rd, East Norwalk, CT Price: $5.50/per person

Announcing the Seventh Annual Norwalk Islands Kayaker Jamboree. Once again Connecticut's biggest independent gathering of Kayakers will take place on the Norwalk Islands. Kayakers from ConnYak, CT AMC, Sound Kayakers, the Hudson River Kayaking Meetup, the Brandford Kayaking Meetup, The Hartford Kayaking Meetup, The Tuesday Night Paddlers, and any other group are welcome to come and to invite friends. The Jamboree will span the entire weekend. You are welcome to come over any day at any time. We encourage that you paddle in pods of three or more. Check the weather and tide, and always be aware of the boat traffic. Paddle safe.

Many kayakers are paddling over on Friday afternoon for the night, but for those that want to come over for just the day (or one night) we are having a second meetup Saturday morning so you can paddle together.

The Friday afternoon meetup will be at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. Some may want to Meetup at another time or location. Possible put-in spots are Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, the Rowayton Community Beach on the Five Mile River, or State Boat Ramp on the Saugatuck River.

Please specify in your RSVP where you plan to launch from and what time (if it is not at Calf Pasture and 4 PM) so others can meetup with you and paddle in a group.

The Jamboree will be on Shea Island. Camp sites are reserved for Friday night and Saturday night. Any one can paddle over to the island and join the Jamboree. You must bring your own gear, supplies, food, and beverages. If you plan to paddle to the island on Friday then RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/StamfordKayakGroup/events/175932042/. http://www.meetup.com/StamfordKayakGroup/events/175932042/If you plan to join the group on Saturday then RSVP on the Saturday event page: http://www.meetup.com/StamfordKayakGroup/events/175996152/

Camp sites are reserved by SKG in advance. We are asking that participants make a $5 contribution to the SKG. If you are not camping, please consider making a $2 contribution. You can pay via Paypal, but add $0.50 to cover Paypal fees. Any size contribution will be excepted. Money collected will be used to purchase supplies for the YakJam and any extra money collected will be donated to a local environmental awareness and preservation group.

We are planning to do an Island Clean up on Sunday morning. We hope every one can join us for this. We try to clean the island of trash that has gathered over the previous year. Please bring heave duty garbage bags and gloves.

Yes, unless you have sail boat, motor boat, or can swim very well, you must have a kayak. Kayaks can be rented from the Small Boat Shop, Downunder Kayaks, EMS, or Outdoor Sports. You should reserve your boat soon as available rentals may be short on the days leading up to the Jamboree.

Yes, if you do not want to camp, you can still paddle over to the Island and join the festivities on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. To RSVP for Saturday or Sunday go to the Saturday or Sunday meetup page. RSVP is only necessary to let others know you will paddle with them on that day and time.

The Jamboree is an open event. Anyone can come and the above mentioned fee is a voluntary contribution. For more information and discussion regarding this event go to the Message board. Please read the SKG disclaimer. You are responcible for yourself.

Event Date: August 8, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/StamfordKayakGroup/events/175932042/

(posted June 24, 2014, number 466) Water Trail: yes

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Guided Canoe Tours at Cove Island Park in Stamford

This Summer, discover local wildlife and habitats during guided canoe tours at Cove Island Park in Stamford. On Saturdays, from July 5 through August 23, SoundWaters is leading guided canoe tours on Holly Pond at Stamford's Cove Island Park. The 1-hour canoe tours begin at 10 am and 12 noon.

Cost is $20 for adult or child. Children must be at least 8 years old. There is no pre-registration. Sign up is on the day of the event at the SoundWaters Coastal Education Center at Cove Island Park. A Stamford Beach Sticker or day parking pass purchased at the guard booth is required for participants.

SoundWaters will supply canoes, paddles and life jackets (required), and a brief talk on paddling techniques and safety. Visit www.soundwaters.org/canoes for details, including answers to frequently asked questions, or call 203-406-3336 for information and weather updates.

Canoe Volunteers Needed: SoundWaters is also looking for experienced volunteer canoeists/kayakers to assist with the canoe program on selected Saturdays. Volunteers will work closely with the Canoe Leader, on the water or on land spotting canoeists, helping launch canoes and other tasks as necessary. For more information, contact Dianne at 203-406-3302. Dianne Selditch SoundWaters Center Director 203-406-3302 dianne@soundwaters.org www.soundwaters.org

Event Date: August 9, 2014

For more information go to http://www.soundwaters.org/canoes-2/

(posted June 26, 2014, number 485) Water Trail: yes

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Connecticut River Challenge

Connecticut River Challenge (flatwater) Connecticut River Canoe and Kayak Race Date: Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 Registration: 9:30 to 10:45 am. Race start: 11 a.m. Fee: $15 per paddler Distance: About 9 miles Bissell Bridge Boat Launch Windsor, Conn. (Start and Finish) For more information: Ted Kenyon 86Q-439-0332 ted.kenyonsbcgIobaI.net

Event Date: August 9, 2014

For more information go to http://www.neckra.org/races/race-information/listing/2014/ct-river-challenge

(posted July 11, 2014, number 523) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle and Picnic Longmeadow Pond in Bethlehem, CT and see a show at the Abbey!

Sunday, August 10, 2014 10:30 AM Longmeadow Pond Bethlehem, Bethlehem, CT Come have a leisurely late morning paddle at Longmeadow Pond in Bethlehem, CT at 10:30 am. The pond is lovely and this is a great beginners paddle. It's free to park and launch. There are picnic tables and shade and you can also swim in the lake and it's very clean. Come bring a picnic lunch and something to share. Afterwards, come see Annie Get Your Gun at the Gary The Olivia Theater which is at the Abbey of Regina Laudis. This is only 10 minutes away. The theater is a covered pavillion with open sides on the gorgeous grounds of the Abbey. It's VERY casual. There are places to freshen up at the pond. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased at the door or at the website - thegarytheolivia.com. If more than 10 people RSVP you can get a group discount.

Event Date: August 10, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/HVPC-Housatonic-Valley-Paddle-Club/events/192080042/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=192080042&_af=event

(posted July 1, 2014, number 489) Water Trail: yes

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CT AMC Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin

Monday, August 11, 2014 6:00 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.

Where? Silver Lake Boat ramp. Berlin CT

When? Mon. evenings in July and August. Dates: July 7, 14,21, 28 Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25 Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 or sunset

Cost: Instruction: FREE! Boat and Gear if needed: FREE! Contact: Mark Schappert 203-240-3544

Event Date: August 11, 2014

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

(posted July 9, 2014, number 517) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle on Pachaug Pond

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 5:30 PM Pachaug Pond Boat Launch 945 Voluntown Road Griswold, CT

Rivers Alliance of CT Water Trails map: http://www.ctwatertrails.org/areas/wtarea.cfm?area=norwichjewettcity

Event Date: August 12, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/157267062/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=157267062&_af=event

(posted December 27, 2013, number 275) Water Trail: yes

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Guided Canoe Tours at Cove Island Park in Stamford

This Summer, discover local wildlife and habitats during guided canoe tours at Cove Island Park in Stamford. On Saturdays, from July 5 through August 23, SoundWaters is leading guided canoe tours on Holly Pond at Stamford's Cove Island Park. The 1-hour canoe tours begin at 10 am and 12 noon.

Cost is $20 for adult or child. Children must be at least 8 years old. There is no pre-registration. Sign up is on the day of the event at the SoundWaters Coastal Education Center at Cove Island Park. A Stamford Beach Sticker or day parking pass purchased at the guard booth is required for participants.

SoundWaters will supply canoes, paddles and life jackets (required), and a brief talk on paddling techniques and safety. Visit www.soundwaters.org/canoes for details, including answers to frequently asked questions, or call 203-406-3336 for information and weather updates.

Canoe Volunteers Needed: SoundWaters is also looking for experienced volunteer canoeists/kayakers to assist with the canoe program on selected Saturdays. Volunteers will work closely with the Canoe Leader, on the water or on land spotting canoeists, helping launch canoes and other tasks as necessary. For more information, contact Dianne at 203-406-3302. Dianne Selditch SoundWaters Center Director 203-406-3302 dianne@soundwaters.org www.soundwaters.org

Event Date: August 16, 2014

For more information go to http://www.soundwaters.org/canoes-2/

(posted June 26, 2014, number 486) Water Trail: yes

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CT AMC Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin

Monday, August 11, 2014 6:00 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.

Where? Silver Lake Boat ramp. Berlin CT

When? Mon. evenings in July and August. Dates: July 7, 14,21, 28 Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25 Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 or sunset

Cost: Instruction: FREE! Boat and Gear if needed: FREE! Contact: Mark Schappert 203-240-3544

Event Date: August 18, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/CT-AMC-Whitewater-kayaking-instruction-and-river-trips/events/189744302/

(posted July 9, 2014, number 518) Water Trail: yes

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TLGV Water Trails Steering Committee

The next Water Trails Steering Committee meeting will be held on August 19, at 7 pm, here at the TLGV office in Danielson. There will be no July meeting. Short notes from the last informal meeting in June are attached. I’ll send an agenda closer to the August 19 meeting date.

In the meantime, our friends at the Worcester Chapter of the AMC invite you to join them for a Paddle Water Safety Instruction session on July 20, 2014:

Instruction by American Canoeing Association certified whitewater instructor and UConn paddling faculty advisor Robert (Bob) Ricard. All PADDLE LEADERS and aspiring paddle leaders are VERY STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to participate. You'll learn, refresh your skills, help teach - or all three. There will be dry land instruction and wet experiential learning. (In late July getting wet will feel great - plan on it).

A broad range of topics and scenarios will be presented including: paddling and safety equipment, paddling group best practices, practicing sitting serenely upside down in your boat before calmly releasing your skirt slipping out and surfacing, retrieving swimming paddlers and their equipment, various techniques for getting a boat empty of water, righted, and the paddler back inside. In short the goal is to provide knowledge and experience relevant to keeping your paddle safe but how to respond when things go wrong as in paddling they frequently do i.e. people fall in.

Come with boat and equipped as for a full day on the water: PFD, paddling clothes, and closed toe footwear you don't mind getting wet, also spray skirt, helmet and throw rope if you have them. We'll "Practice like it's real." Also bring lawn chair, sun and bug protection, change of clothes in dry bag, lunch and water.

10am to 5pm, location lake or river to be determined depending on water levels but reasonably convenient to Worcester, MA. There will be a $10 fee for non AMC members. Limit 20 participants.

Also, Barbara Day is “"Looking for Lighter weight canoe for lake or river use. 45-55 lbs. would be ideal. We are trying to supplement our Old Town Discovery@ 72 lbs. gmcbsd1@yahoo.com, or Barbara- Oxford, MA 508-987-0549."

See you on the water! Lois Bruinooge, Deputy Executive Director The Last Green Valley 203B Main Street (2nd floor) P.O. Box 29 Danielson, CT 06239 860-774-3300; fax 860-774-8543 www.thelastgreenvalley.org

Event Date: August 19, 2014

For more information go to http://www.tlgv.org/preserve/watershedprojects/water-trails.html

(posted July 14, 2014, number 560) Water Trail: yes

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Hopeville Pond Paddle

Wednesday, August 20, 5:30 pm – Informal, show and go paddles coordinated Paddle Killingly, a group of random individuals who get together once a week and paddle in the waters of northeast Connecticut. For more information see www.meetup.com/paddlekillingly.

Event Date: August 20, 2014

For more information go to http://www.tlgv.org/uploads/Watershed/WaterTrails/PaddlesEvents4-24-14.pdf

(posted July 14, 2014, number 562) Water Trail: yes

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Guided Canoe Tours at Cove Island Park in Stamford

This Summer, discover local wildlife and habitats during guided canoe tours at Cove Island Park in Stamford. On Saturdays, from July 5 through August 23, SoundWaters is leading guided canoe tours on Holly Pond at Stamford's Cove Island Park. The 1-hour canoe tours begin at 10 am and 12 noon.

Cost is $20 for adult or child. Children must be at least 8 years old. There is no pre-registration. Sign up is on the day of the event at the SoundWaters Coastal Education Center at Cove Island Park. A Stamford Beach Sticker or day parking pass purchased at the guard booth is required for participants.

SoundWaters will supply canoes, paddles and life jackets (required), and a brief talk on paddling techniques and safety. Visit www.soundwaters.org/canoes for details, including answers to frequently asked questions, or call 203-406-3336 for information and weather updates.

Canoe Volunteers Needed: SoundWaters is also looking for experienced volunteer canoeists/kayakers to assist with the canoe program on selected Saturdays. Volunteers will work closely with the Canoe Leader, on the water or on land spotting canoeists, helping launch canoes and other tasks as necessary. For more information, contact Dianne at 203-406-3302. Dianne Selditch SoundWaters Center Director 203-406-3302 dianne@soundwaters.org www.soundwaters.org

Event Date: August 23, 2014

For more information go to http://www.soundwaters.org/canoes-2/

(posted June 26, 2014, number 487) Water Trail: yes

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CT AMC Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals at Silver Lake Berlin

Monday, August 25, 2014 6:00 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.

Where? Silver Lake Boat ramp. Berlin CT

When? Mon. evenings in July and August. Dates: July 7, 14,21, 28 Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25 Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 or sunset

Cost: Instruction: FREE! Boat and Gear if needed: FREE! Contact: Mark Schappert 203-240-3544

Event Date: August 25, 2014

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

(posted July 9, 2014, number 519) Water Trail: yes

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Keech Pond

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 5:30 PM Keech Pond Access Chepachet, RI, Chepachet, RI https://www.facebook.com/paddlekillingly

Event Date: August 26, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/158614932/

(posted July 14, 2014, number 563) Water Trail: yes

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Ride the Shetucket River

The Town of Sprague will provide a free shuttle between River Park and Scotland Dam. Water release is scheduled for 10:00 am on days of the event. Participants can put in any time between 10:00 and 12:00. You can ride the river as many times as water level allows. The ride is 4 miles long and takes approximately 2 hours. April 26th May 31st June 28th July 26th August 30th September 27th October 11th Since Ride the Shetucket is weather sensitive, check the Town website on the Thursday prior to the event for any cancellation postings. Paddlers need to have PFD’s and a distress whistle. www.ctsprague.org Please contact Lou Dzialo with any questions. Phone #860-822-6043

Event Date: August 30, 2014

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

(posted June 23, 2014, number 475) Water Trail: yes

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FULL MOON : West Thompson Lake

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 6:30 PM West Thompson Lake Campground 449 Reardon Road, N Grosvenordale, CT (map) https://www.facebook.com/paddlekillingly

Event Date: September 9, 2014

(posted July 14, 2014, number 467) Water Trail: yes

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Old Killingly Pond

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 5:30 PM Old Killingly Pond 194 Pond Road, Dayville, CT https://www.facebook.com/paddlekillingly

Event Date: September 17, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/161768672/

(posted July 14, 2014, number 468) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle through Lover’s Leap Gorge, New Milford

Free Paddle Trips on the Housatonic River – 2014

HVA is pleased to announce a series of free paddle trips on the river for this season. Registration is required. Space is limited! Reserve a space in one of our canoes or register to bring your own boat. Call HVA at 413-394-9796 or email adixon@hvatoday.org for registration or further information. Additional trip information is provided to registered participants. All of our trips are in partnership with the Upper Housatonic Valley Heritage Area. In addition, we are grateful to the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for cosponsoring our paddle trips.

Saturday, September 20 Time: 10am – 4pm Paddle through Lover’s Leap Gorge, New Milford, Connecticut Enjoy a section of the Housatonic River in New Milford, Connecticut. Paddle through Lover’s Leap Gorge and up a portion of the Still River – a paddling distance of about six miles. A short portage is necessary to avoid an old “knee” dam. Suitable for adults and families with children 12 years and older.

Event Date: September 20, 2014

For more information go to http://www.hvatoday.org/assets/PDFs/PaddleTripsSummer2014.pdf

(posted June 14, 2014, number 439) Water Trail: yes

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Five Mile River Paddle Pizza Party

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 5:30 PM Five Mile River Water st, Danielson, CT https://www.facebook.com/paddlekillingly The end of the year paddle, finish with a pizza party at the shop. The shop is less then a quarter mile from the paddle. No cost for the paddle or food but you can donate some money, if you would like to pay for the pizza ;) ( Blue Pine Outdoors : 21 Furnace St Danielson, CT )

Event Date: September 23, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/188944532/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=188944532&_af=event

(posted June 18, 2014, number 458) Water Trail: yes

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Quinebaug River Brooklyn Paddle

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 5:30 PM Riverside Park Greenway Drive , Brooklyn, CT (map) https://www.facebook.com/paddlekillingly

Event Date: September 23, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/159439852/

(posted July 14, 2014, number 466) Water Trail: yes

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Ride the Shetucket River

The Town of Sprague will provide a free shuttle between River Park and Scotland Dam. Water release is scheduled for 10:00 am on days of the event. Participants can put in any time between 10:00 and 12:00. You can ride the river as many times as water level allows. The ride is 4 miles long and takes approximately 2 hours. April 26th May 31st June 28th July 26th August 30th September 27th October 11th Since Ride the Shetucket is weather sensitive, check the Town website on the Thursday prior to the event for any cancellation postings. Paddlers need to have PFD’s and a distress whistle. www.ctsprague.org Please contact Lou Dzialo with any questions. Phone #860-822-6043

Event Date: September 27, 2014

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

(posted June 23, 2014, number 476) Water Trail: yes

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Ride the Shetucket River

The Town of Sprague will provide a free shuttle between River Park and Scotland Dam. Water release is scheduled for 10:00 am on days of the event. Participants can put in any time between 10:00 and 12:00. You can ride the river as many times as water level allows. The ride is 4 miles long and takes approximately 2 hours. April 26th May 31st June 28th July 26th August 30th September 27th October 11th Since Ride the Shetucket is weather sensitive, check the Town website on the Thursday prior to the event for any cancellation postings. Paddlers need to have PFD’s and a distress whistle. www.ctsprague.org Please contact Lou Dzialo with any questions. Phone #860-822-6043

Event Date: October 11, 2014

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

(posted June 23, 2014, number 477) Water Trail: yes

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Pumpkin Race (flatwater)

Pumpkin Race (flatwater) October 12 11:00 AM Farmington River Simsbury, CT Distances: 7 mi, 4 mi Jim Miller 860-242-7294

Event Date: October 12, 2014

For more information go to http://www.neckra.org/races/race-information/listing/2014/pumpkin-race

(posted July 11, 2014, number 524) Water Trail: yes

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Housatonic Valley Paddle Club (HVPC)

Founded in 2001, the Housatonic Valley Paddle Club (HVPC) is an eclectic group of active paddlers who enjoy exploring the various waterways of the Housatonic Valley and other areas of upper Fairfield County and Litchfield County.

Our goal is to bring together fellow paddlers of all skill levels and paddle in an environmentally friendly manner while enjoying the camaraderie of those with similar interest. We schedule various types of activities throughout the year: paddling, camping and picnicking in the warm seasons; hiking, bowling, and dining when it's too cold to paddle.

Most of HVPC's paddle outings tend to be comfortably-paced, moderate-distance excursions on flat water; and are a good venue for newer paddlers, or those who just enjoy quiet, low-key paddles with lots of socializing.

You will find us to be a very friendly club and we welcome paddlers of all levels and interests. If you don’t yet have a boat, we can guide you as to what to buy or rent, along with the required necessities, such as whistles and PFDs. An annual skills workshop is held every year on Mt. Tom Pond and has proven helpful for novices as well as more experienced paddlers.

Some of our favorite venues include Candlewood Lake (pre-Memorial Day and post-Labor Day), Lake Waramaug, the Lake Lillinonah and Lover's Leap sections of the Housatonic, Lake McDonough and Mt. Tom Pond. Bantam Lake, Bantam River, the Twin Lakes, and New York State's Great Swamp are also visited on a regular basis.

While we are an easy-going group, we take safety seriously. PFDs and whistles must be worn when paddling with the club. A signed release of liability is also mandatory. Note that the Housatonic Valley Paddle Club, its organizers, and its members assume no legal and or civil responsibility for or to any individual or event. Your personal safety is your responsibility alone.

NOTE: HVPC is currently transitioning from our old site to the Meet Up site and we are currently getting our existing members up to speed with the features of this new site. It may take some time (possibly several weeks) for new members to receive their notice of admission. Thank you for your patience! Note also, for the safety of our members, we do require that you have a recognizable profile picture.

We're 45 Social Paddlers Join us! New members must be approved by the Organizer Content of this Meetup Group is only visible to members

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 7:00 AM Impromptu Paddle 6 Social Paddlers attending

Event Date: December 31, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/HVPC-Housatonic-Valley-Paddle-Club/?gj=ej1b&a=wg2_rdmr

(posted March 20, 2014, number 335) 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.

Some Other Events Calendars:

1. No Child Left Inside, (a special initiative of Governor M. Jodi Rell, coordinated by the DEP) events page

2. CTCalendar.com environment events

3. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service monthly newsletters with great calendars in each one

4. Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter event calendars

5. Housatonic Valley Association events page

6. Appalachian Mountain Club Connecticut Chapter flatwater and coastal paddling trips and whitewater upcoming events

7. Conservation Districts:

Northwest conservation calendar

Connecticut River Coastal upcoming workshops

North Central events

Eastern calendar of conservation events

8. Connecticut Audubon Society events calendar

9. Connecticut Forest and Park Association guided hikes & family nature programs

10. Farmington River Watershed Association events

11. The Norwalk River Watershed Association events calendar

Rivers Alliance of Connecticut
PO Box 1797
7 West Street, 3rd Floor
Litchfield, CT 06759
860-361-9349
rivers@riversalliance.org
www.riversalliance.org