Outings

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 Coventry Lake after work; Monday 6/22  6-8:30pm
Howdy,
On a balmy Monday night, June 22nd, six of us paddled the perimeter of Coventry Lake’s 313 acres amid slight wind
s and moderate power boat activity, but they kept to deeper waters. As we launched, a great blue heron was feeding in the water fifty yards away, undeterred by a man nearby, shot thirty feet high on a cascade of water from a water jet pack.  Looked like something out of Buck Rogers!

We meandered for two and a half hours, as relaxed residents working on their boats or
sitting on docks or woodland camps, some with a glass of wine, smiled or waved to us.  We spotted goldfinch, catbirds, red winged blackbirds, tree swallows and grackles feeding their young and paus
ed in a shady cove, then the lee of Underwood Island and later the town beach.  Most birds and a waterside rock sculpture were on the less developed perimeter from the beach returning to the launch. The heron was still nearby as we pulled out, blessed as usual with a breathtaking sunset. As darkness fell, with Venus and Jupiter beneath a crescent moon, we contentedly lounged on Lakeview Restaurant’s patio, overlooking a scene we were part of moments before.
Outings planned for weekends and Monday nights.  Hope to see you there!
Take care, Renee


 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.
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You're Invited! CT Sierra Club Summer

Potluck Picnic and Hike

When: Saturday, August 8th at 1pm
Who: Everyone! New members, old members, families and friends are all welcome
Where: Seven Falls Park, Haddam, CT (Click here for directions)

Contact Amanda:  860-416-0081, or amanda.kenyon@sierraclub.org

Delightfully rustic, Seven Falls Park is a beautiful, small, roadside park with waterfalls, a brook, and a shady picnic area.  Join us for a potluck picnic and meet your fellow club members to socialize or learn about our environmental activism and fun outings going on in state. Bring a dish with 4-5 servings, and a place-setting for yourself, as well as a water bottle. There is a charcoal grill on-site. We will have just one picnic table, so please bring camping chairs or picnic blanket, if possible. Feel free to bring games and activities.  

Pre-Picnic Hike 10:30 a.m. 
Come hike – and celebrate – the National Park Service’s recently designated New England Trail.  We will hike the Bear Hill Loop Trail section, along a brook, past waterfalls, stone walls, and rock ridges.  Expect intermediate terrain with some short steep parts at a medium pace.  Bring boots, water.  Leave 10:30 a.m. from Seven Falls Park, Haddam.  

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FROM HARTFORD, NORTHERN CT:
take I-91 South.  Go 10 miles
Exit left onto Rt. 9 South.  Go 10 miles
Take exit #10, marked “Rt. 154”
turn right at the end of the ramp onto Rt. 154 South.  Go 0.8 miles
left into a tiny gravel driveway, at a CT state-shaped sign for “Seven Falls Park”.  (If you pass “Mama Roux’s” restaurant on the left, you went too far.)
Meet in the parking lot

FROM NEW HAVEN AREA:
I-91 North.  Go 19 miles
Take exit #18, following signs onto Rt. 66 East.  Go 7.5 miles
At the next light, turn right, following signs onto Rt. 9 South.  Go 4.5 miles
Take exit #10, marked “Rt. 154”
turn right at the end of the ramp onto Rt. 154 South.  Go 0.8 miles
take the next left into a tiny gravel driveway, at a CT state-shaped sign for “Seven Falls Park”.  (If you pass “Mama Roux’s” restaurant on the left, you went too far.)
Meet in the parking lot

FROM SOUTHEAST CT SHORELINE:
Take I-95 South to Old Saybrook
Exit onto Rt. 9 North.  Go 18.5 miles
Take exit #10, marked “Rt. 154”
turn right at the end of the ramp onto Rt. 154 South.  Go 0.8 miles
take the next left into a tiny gravel driveway, at a CT state-shaped sign for “Seven Falls Park”.  (If you pass “Mama Roux’s” restaurant on the left, you went too far.)
Meet in the parking lot

FROM FAIRFIELD / HOUSATONIC COUNTIES:
FROM I-95 NORTHBOUND:
Take I-95 North, to New Haven, exit onto I-91 North.  Go 19 miles
Take exit #18, following signs onto Rt. 66 East

FROM MERRITT PARKWAY:
Take the Merritt Parkway Northbound to Meriden
Take exit #68, and keep following signs thru a long interchange onto Rt. 66 East

FROM EITHER WAY:
Continue on Rt. 66 East 7.5 miles to Middletown
continue straight at a big intersection with Main St., (leaving Rt. 66.)
At the next light, turn right, following signs onto Rt. 9 South.  Go 4.5 miles
Take exit #10, marked “Rt. 154”
turn right at the end of the ramp, onto Rt. 154 South.  Go 0.8 miles
take the next left into a tiny gravel driveway, at a CT state-shaped sign for “Seven Falls Park”.  (If you pass “Mama Roux’s” restaurant on the left, you went too far.)
Meet in the parking lot

FROM EASTERN CT:
head to Willimantic
get onto Rt. 66 West.  Follow it about 28 miles
Rt. 9 South
Stay on Rt. 9 South 4.8 miles
Take exit #10, marked “Rt. 154”
turn right at the end of the ramp, the light onto Rt. 154 South.  Go 0.8 miles
take the next left into a tiny gravel driveway, at a CT state-shaped sign for “Seven Falls Park”.  (If you pass “Mama Roux’s” restaurant on the left, you went too far.)
Meet in the parking lot

FROM WESTERN CT, DANBURY, WATERBURY:
Take I-84 Eastbound
Exit onto I-691 East.  Go 8.9 miles
In Meriden, continue straight, as the road becomes Rt. 66 East
Continue on Rt. 66 East 7.5 miles
go straight at a big intersection crossing Main St., (leaving Rt. 66), going with the “Rt. 9 South” sign.
At the next light, turn right, following signs onto Rt. 9 South.  Go 4.5 miles
Take exit #10, marked “Rt. 154”
turn right at the end of the ramp, the light onto Rt. 154 South.  Go 0.8 miles
take the next left into a tiny gravel driveway, at a CT state-shaped sign for “Seven Falls Park”.  (If you pass “Mama Roux’s” restaurant on the left, you went too far.)
Meet in the parking lot
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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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