GREATER HARTFORD SIERRA CLUB OUTINGS MAY THROUGH September 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.
August 10th, five of us paddled the perimeter of Middlefield’s Lake Beseck via the state launch on Baileyville Road. A quaint small stone lighthouse marks a water access on the northern point and a couple solitary fishermen were casting lines for bass, one snatching a keeper, but otherwise the lake was ours along with a strutting goose on the easy to flood shore road, holding up traffic. One lady in our pod lives on the lake and said there were whitecaps and brisk winds not long before. From 6pm onward they’d died down, plus there’s a strict speed limit by then, so we enjoyed a tranquil after work paddle of this 116 acre man-made lake that’s a mile long and owned by the State. Unlike other town lakes, there’s one beach open to all town residents not just those living along that section of the lake.
It’s mostly settled with summer cottages and year round homes though the southern end is wooded with considerable weedy grass and cattails intruding into the lake since DEEP drained it last year for dam repairs, so residents are hoping for herbicide treatment. Bobbing on the water at the end of our twilight tour, we eavesdropped on a waterside house party’s revival band concert before ending our evening with a cozy supper at our Lady of the Lake’s home. Take care, Renee
Last fall a new boat launch was installed on the Cogingchaug River that puts you immediately in the “Floating Meadows” — a 1000 acre fresh water tidal wetland area that’s habitat to many species including eagles and herons. With recent rains it should now be possible to connect from one river to the other.
Directions: Off Rte. 9 in Middletown, turn right onto CT 17/66/Main Street, turn right onto N. Main Street and Right onto Johnson Street. Cross the railroad tracks as if you were going to the recycling center at 185 Johnson Street, but instead of going through the gate, turn left and follow a gravel roadway to reach the top of the slope that leads to the river. Leave your vehicle at the top of the slope. We’ll help each other carry boats down to the water’s edge.
RSVP email yes only by 8/16, leaving cell phone good that morning, in case weather or winds require site change or canceling outing. Safety vest must be worn. Please, no cell phone use or smoking on the water.
Macedonia Brook State Park, August 22, 2015 at 9:30a.m. Young adult hike with the Sierra Club, open to the public. Strenuous 6.8 mile loop with 700 feet of elevation gain, at a fast pace. Traverse ridgelines with peaceful woods, some steep rocky scrambles, and stunning western vistas into New York. Experienced hikers welcome, especially those in their 20s and 30s. No dogs, please. Bring water, lunch, snacks, and sturdy shoes. Heavy rain cancels. For questions or carpooling contact Amanda at 860-416-0081 or email her here.
From the intersection of Routes 7 and 341 in Kent, follow Route 341 west for 1.75 miles. Turn right onto Macedonia Brook Road and follow it for 1.5 miles to a small parking area on left (immediately after crossing a bridge over Macedonia Brook).
All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the Liability Waiver before you choose to participate on an outing, please go to , or contact the Outings Department at (415) 977-5528 for a printed version.
We’ll paddle near 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 travel 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. You can bring lunch and/or we can hit the town for a meal afterwards. Safety vests must be worn at all times. Please no cell phone use or smoking on the water. Please RSVP email yes only by 9/3, leaving cell phone good that morning, in case weather or winds require site change or canceling outing.
Kayak Pachaug Pond, Sunday, Sept. 6th 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
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. You can bring lunch and/or we can hit the town for a meal afterwards. Safety vests must be worn at all times. Please no cell phone use or smoking on the water.
Please RSVP email yes only by 9/5, leaving cell phone good that morning, in case weather or winds require site change or canceling outing.