Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter - Greater Hartford Group



Monthly Meetings:

Meetings are held at Westmoor Park on the second Thursday of the month.  There are no meetings in July and August.  All meetings and outings are open to members and the general public.  New members are especially welcome.  Refreshments are served but please bring your own coffee mug.

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GREATER HARTFORD SIERRA CLUB OUTINGS MAY THROUGH August 2015

Free outings open to club members and the public. RSVP yes only here providing cell phone should weather require a change. Please, no cell phone use or smoking on these outings.  Safety vests required when kayaking.


Kayak Great Island Wildlife Area, Saturday, 6/20, 10am (Old Lyme, CT).

Meet at the Great Island state Boat Launch, Smith Neck Road, Old Lyme.  We will explore the secluded back channels, side rivers, and coves that parallel the lower Connecticut River near the mouth on the east side, winding through 10-foot-tall marsh reeds in one of CT’s largest brackish tidal marshes and a barrier beach that teem with birdlife especially at this premigration feeding period.  You can access a guide to this area at: http://www.crerpa.org/RiverandSound/oldlymetrail.pdf

Directions: From the East: Take I-95 South to Exit 70. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Lyme Street and proceed .8 miles. Next, turn right onto Ferry Road, and continue 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Route 156/Shore Road and proceed 1.3 miles. Turn right onto Smith Neck Road and follow .7 miles (to its end).

From the West: Take I-95 North to Exit 70. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 156/Shore Road and continue 1.7 miles. Next, turn right onto Smith Neck Road, and proceed .7 miles (to its end).  Bring lunch to enjoy in boat and/or we can hit the town for supper.  RSVP by 6/19.


Kayak Coventry Lake after work; Monday 6/22  6-8:30pm

Meet at DEEP boat launch, 30 Cross Street, Coventry. 373 acre lake. RSVP by 6/21. Directions: Rte. 31 in Coventry, south on Lake Street, launch is ahead on right.


Kayak East River and Neck River, Saturday 6/27 10am (Madison, CT)

We’ll meet at the East River boat launch off. off Rte 1, Neck Road, and Circle Beach Road in Madision.  It's at the end of a rutted beach road.  Parking lot and access road are partially submerged at high tide but not enough to worry about. http://www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/site.asp?siteid=464 is DEEP web site with directions.

We'll head north up East River until it branches with the Neck River to the right.   Both have a lot of bird life easily visible on this quiet river water with surrounding marshes, until Bailey Creek veers off to the left.    RSVP by 6/26.


Kayak Bluff Point, Sunday, 6/28 10am (Groton, CT).

Meet at the state boat launch at 44 Depot Road, Groton.  No fee to launch and free parking. We’ll paddle in the vicinity of this 800-acre peninsula that includes the state park, a coastal reserve and natural preserve surrounded by Mumford Cove to the east, Fishers Island Sound to the south and the Poquonnock River to the west.   The shallow and protected open water is excellent for kayaking. We’ll paddle down the river then behind a large sandy peninsula with a 50’ portage if we wish to enjoy the beach and launch after from there to explore a couple harbor islands before returning to the original launch site.

Directions: Rte. 95 along the shore to Route 1, south on Depot Road, go under train trestle at the end.  Launch is at the end of the road to the west of the park entrance. /or we can hit the town for supper.  RSVP by 6/27.


Kayak Rainbow Reservoir and Farmington River, Friday 7/3 (work holiday) 10am (Windsor, CT).

Meet at boat launch at 118 Merriman Road, Windsor, CT.  No fee to launch and free parking. We’ll paddle the 243 acre reservoir that is tree lined with only a few houses set back from the water.  Then head up the Farmington River towards North Bloomfield and even Simsbury before returning to the launch site. Map of area and trip route at:  http://www.bostonkayaker.com/cgi-bin/bkonekpage.cgi?pagekey=farmingtonrainbow  RSVP by 7/2.

Kayak Gardner Lake Sunday 7/5 10am (Salem CT).

Meet at Gardner Lake state boat launch, 147 Old Colchester Road, Salem.   This is a 528 acre lake with many nooks to investigate.  Hopefully eagles will be there again as they were last year! Free launch and parking.  Plus there's a small beach area to swim and picnic after we paddle, so bring food and a swimsuit.

Directions: From the junction of Route 354 and Route 82 in Salem, proceed north on Route 354 for 0.1 mile and turn right into the boat launch area. Safety vests must be worn at all times. Please no cell phone use or smoking on the water.  RSVP by 7/3.


Kayak Bolton Lower Lake after work; Monday 7/20  6-8:30pm
Meet at DEEP boat launch, 1075 Boston Turnpike, Bolton, off Rte. 44. 175 acre lake. RSVP by 7/19.

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.


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

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