2008 Trip Schedule

PFD's (life jackets) must be worn and zipped up on all CT AMC Flatwater/Coastal Paddling trips.

Completed trips

CT AMC Flatwater Pool Sessions 2008!

These sessions are for anyone who wants to learn or practice the basics of kayaking, Eskimo rolling, bracing, self rescue or just keep the rust off their paddling skills. Everyone is welcome! We encourage you to join AMC but membership is not required.

Two kinds of activity will be held in the pool at the same time. One activity is an informal group participation event where we share what we know with other paddlers. This has been our format for the last few years. A second activity, formal lessons with an ACA certified Sea Kayak instructor, is being offered through AMC and the fee structure is more. Michele Sorensen of Kayak-Adventure.net will be offering formal lessons at some sessions which must be arranged with her separately at 203-852-7295, kayak-adventure@earthlink.net ahead of time.

Sunday mornings Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27
Feb. 3, 10, 24 (no meeting on the 17th)
March 2, 9
YWCA of Greenwich, 259 East Putnam Ave.
Greenwich, CT
http://ywcagreenwich.org

Be there at 8:45 am to sign waiver form. Door opens at 9:00 am. In-water time is 9:00 - 11:30 am. Pool deck must be clear by noon of boats & gear. Use of facility includes showers & locker rooms. Per session fee of $20.00 per person for the group participation event charged to cover pool rental. Anyone arriving AFTER 9:00 am will be charged an additional $5.00.

Please contact Jean Trapani 203-221-7439 or 203-606-9459 or flatwater@ct-amc.org if you are interested in attending or for cancellation info due to inclement weather. We are limiting the number of boats in the pool to about 20. First come, first served. You can still WATCH for free on the pool deck. Watching has always been free.

Please bring your own boat, PFD, paddle & gear Everything must be CLEAN! Use parking lot in back of the building.

Driving Directions
From Merritt Parkway South bound
Exit 31 North Street. Turn right onto North Street. Follow to the end, approximately four miles and turn left. Go to traffic light and turn left onto Putnam Avenue, also called US 1 or the Post Road. YWCA is 1/8 mile on the left just beyond the Junior League building on the left side of the road and across from Christ Church on the right.

From Merritt Parkway North bound
Exit 31 North Street. Turn left onto North Street. Follow to the end, approximately two miles and turn left. Go to traffic light and turn left onto Putnam Avenue, also called US 1 or the Post Road, YWCA is 1/8 mile on the left just beyond the Junior League building on the left side of the road and across from Christ Church on the right.

From I-95 North bound
Exit 4, Indian Field Road. Turn left onto Indian Field Road, cross over I-95 and at second light turn left onto Putnam Avenue, also called US 1 or the Post Road. Go straight for three traffic lights, top of hill with Old Church Road on right. Temple Sholom and Christ Church on left. YWCA is the first driveway on your right.

I-95 South bound
Exit 4, Indian Field Road. Turn right onto Indian Field Road, and at first light turn left onto Putnam Avenue, also called US 1 or the Post Road. Go straight for three traffic lights, top of hill with Old Church Road on right. Temple Sholom and Christ Church on left. YWCA is the first driveway on your right.

June 1, 2008 (Sun)

Menunketesuck River. A 3-hour morning paddle in a delightful coastal marsh in Westbook/Clinton. Contact Leader for launch time and directions. Canoes welcome. Drysuit or wetsuit suggested for anyone not liking cold water. Leader: Jean Trapani , 203-606-9459 (best time to call: before 9 pm) flatwater@ct-amc.org

June 7, 2008 (Sat)

CT River Creeks, Hadlyme.A part of National Trails Day. Paddle CT River to Whalebone & Seldon Creeks. Rain cancels. Open water experience necessary. Meet at ferry landing on EAST side of river. Contact Leader for launch time. There will be two sections to this trip. One section will return to the put-in in the afternoon. Leader: Barry Gorfain 860-739-6622. Co-Leader: Robert White, 203-453-3727 (robertswhite @ comcast.net)

June 7-8, 2008 (Sat-Sun)

CT River Creeks, Hadlyme. Overnight Camping. A part of National Trails Day Paddle. CT River to Whalebone & Seldon Creeks. Rain cancels. Open water experience necessary. Meet at ferry landing on EAST side of river. Contact Leader for launch time. Open water experience required. There will be two sections to this trip. The second section will camp overnight on Seldon Island. The leader will provide dinner and breakfast. Cost will be shared. Leader: Robert White, 203-453-3727 (robertswhite @ comcast.net). Registration is required for the overnight trip.

June 14, 2008 (Sat)

Beginners Paddle on Saugatuck River - A part of the Connecticut Water Trails Day and also for the Nature Conservancyís Saugatuck River Watershed effort Beginners paddle on lovely coastal river in Westport at a leisurely pace. Meet at public boat launch ramp under I-95, contact leader for time and directions. Leader: Jean Trapani 203-606-9459 (best time to call: before 9 pm) flatwater@ct-amc.org

June 15, 2008 (Sun)

Charles E. Wheeler State Wildlife Area, Milford. Peaceful 4-hour paddle through quiet salt marsh away from the buzz and wakes of powerboats on the Housatonic River. Registration required by Thurs. June 12. Trip size limited. Some paddling experience required. Leader will e-mail all trip details, including starting time and meeting place. RSVP sooner, rather than later. RSVPing does not obligate you to come if your plans change, but do let the leader know if you can't make it, so he can open the trip to someone else. L: Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

June 15, 2008 (Sun)

Mystic River, Sea Kayak Trip Level II. We will paddle the Mystic River out to Mason Island. Total length of 5-6 miles. At the Mystic Seaport, there will be a sea music festival and we can listen in. We will offer a pre-launch safety drill. Anyone who has not paddled in a CT-AMC sea kayak trip must attend the safety drill and do a wet exit. Please review skill level and required equipment at http://www.ct-amc.org/flatwater/SeaKayakGuidelines.htm#A. If you have participated in a CT AMC sea kayak trip, you may e-mail the leader to register. Call leader if this is your first trip. Leader:Robert White (robertswhite@comcast.net or 203-453-727). Co-Leader: Barry Gorfain. 860-739-6622. Registration is required for this trip.

June 29, 2008 (Sun)

Lake Lillinonah, Newtown, and the Shepaug River, Bridgewater. Meet at 10 a.m. at Pond Brook Boat Launch Ramp, 160 Hanover Rd, Newtown, for an expected launch by 10:20 a.m. Moderately paced 5 hour paddle in the quieter end of Lake Lillinonah with an excursion up the Shepaug River to Roxbury Falls. PFD required. You must provide your own boat. The leader does not have any loaners, nor does he have any information on rentals. Contact a shop that sells kayaks to see if they rent them. Bring lunch, snacks, and water. 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 do not need to register for this trip. Rain cancels, so contact the leader if the weather looks threatening. L: Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

July 6, 2008 (Sun)

Paddle with the Norwalk River Watershed Association - Norwalk River 9:30 am to noon. Urban Discovery Tour of Norwalk River and Harbor with the Norwalk River Watershed Association. Contact Jean Trapani, 203-221-7439 flatwater@ct-amc.org to register. Registration is required for this trip.

July 12-13, 2008 (Sat-Sun)

Norwalk Islands, Sea Kayak Level III, Norwalk, Overnight Camping. We will paddle from Westport to the Norwalk Islands and camp overnight. 4-5 mile paddle in each direction. There will be time to paddle around the islands, swim or relax. The leader will provide dinner and breakfast. Cost will be shared. We will offer a pre-launch safety drill. Anyone who has not paddled in a CT AMC sea kayak trip must attend the safety drill & do a wet exit. Please review skill level and required equipment at http://www.ct-amc.org/flatwater/SeaKayakGuidelines.htm#A. Leader: Robert White. 203-453-3727. robertswhite@comcast.net. Co-Leader: Jean Trapani. 203-221-7439. flatwater@ct-amc.org. Registration is required for this trip.

July 19, 2008 (Sat)

Farm River State Park Paddle.Paddle a hidden gem in Connecticut's newest State Park Farm River State Park near the East Haven/Branford town line. Flatwater estuary paddle in a vast tidal marsh. Meet 9:30am at the gate at 41 Mansfield Grove Road, E.Haven, south off Rte142, Short Beach Rd. PFD (lifejacket), whistle & paddle float required. Heavy rain, lightning/thunder, high winds (>15 knots) cancels. No dogs. Paddlers under 18 only with parent or guardian. If in doubt, call leader the night before.

Leader: Bruce Ross 203-378-9780 Bruce2sail@aol.com Registration is not required for this trip. However, you may wish to contact us if you have any questions.

Sat. July 26, 2008

Ash Creek Open Space, Fairfield. Peaceful 4-hour paddle through quiet estuary. We will stay entirely within the salt marsh and the creek, making this an excellent trip for novice paddlers. Please be prepared to do the full four-hour paddle, which could mean 8 to 10 miles of travel. Meet at 3:30 p.m. at the launch site. The afternoon start time is due to the fact that high tide is at 6:06 p.m. Website: www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/site.asp?siteid=211. Directions: (follow mine, not the websiteís). I-95 to Exit 22. From I-95 North, drive to the next traffic light and turn right onto North Benson Rd. (Rt. 135). From I-95 south, make a left onto North Benson Rd. From both directions: Go straight across Rt. 1. Take the next left onto the Old Post Road at the stop sign. Go one quarter mile and make a right turn onto Turney Road. Go another one quarter mile and, just past the guard shack, make the left turn into the open space area. There is a brown signboard on your right for Ash Creek Open Space and a partially hidden sign on your left i ndicating South Benson Marina. Drive past the helicopter landing spot and the boat launch is on your right. Unload your boat and park where you can find space. If you have questions, donít wait until Friday night or Saturday morning to email. The leader may not have time to respond to your message. Rain probably cancels. RSVP not required, but if you want to let the leader know you plan to come, feel free. Leader: Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

July 27, 2008

Place: TBA. Have some fun practicing your canoe skills! Leader is an ACA certified canoe instructor. More details from leader and closer to the event. Leader: Barry Gorfain. 860-739-6622.

Sat, August 2- Fri, August 9, 2008

Wilderness Canoe Camping 7 day canoe camping in Reserve La Verendrye, an interchapter trip, 170 miles northwest of Montreal. Start with 5 day wildness canoeing, lake to lake, moderate pace with short portages. There will be plenty of time to relax in camp, swim, look for loons and ravens. We will finish the trip with 2 nights in a fully equipped cabin. We plan to offer gourmet camp meals. Rental canoes available. Shared cost will include food and supplies, camping fees, cabin rental. Call or email for detailed information. Contact Leader Robert White at robertswhite@comcast.net or 203-453-3727. Co-leader Jean Trapani.

Sat. Aug. 16, 2008

Housatonic River, Milford to Shelton. Mellow 4- to 5-hour paddle exploring a less busy section of the Housatonic River between I-95 and Shelton. Expect about 10 miles total of paddling. Registration required by Thurs. Aug. 14. Trip size limited. Some paddling experience required. Come prepared to paddle the entire distance. Leader will e-mail all trip details, including starting time (morning) and meeting place (Milford). RSVP sooner, rather than later. RSVPing does not obligate you to come if your plans change, but if you cannot make it, let the leader know, so he can open the trip to someone else. High winds will cancel. Leader: Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

August 17, 2008 (Sun)

Place: TBA. Have fun practicing various skills with your kayak! Beginners welcome. Contact leader closer to the event date for details. Leader: Jean Trapani. 203-221-7439. flatwater@ct-amc.org.

Aug. 31, 2008 Sunday

Salmon River, East Haddam. Peaceful paddle on lazy river up to dam with trips to side creeks on the way back. 8 miles total. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at CT River boat launch (125 East Haddam Moodus Road, East Haddam) for an expected launch by 11:30 a.m. and return by 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is not required for this trip. Your must supply your own boat as leader has no loaners or information on rentals. PFD required. Bring water and food. Rt. 9 Exit 7 to Rt. 82 North/East. L. on Rt. 149 N. for 1.5 miles. Launch on left. Rain cancels. E-mail leader that morning by 8 a.m. if weather is uncertain, or e-mail your phone number in advance, so he can call you with any cancellation. Leader: Tom Ebersold (bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net)

September 7, 2008 Sunday

Thimble Islands, Sea Kayak Level II, Branford, CT. We will paddle into the Thimble Islands and explore some of the coves. Total length 8-10 miles. We will offer a pre-launch safety drill. Anyone who has not paddled in a CT AMC sea kayak trip must attend the safety drill & do a wet exit. Please review skill level and required equipment at http://www.ct-amc.org/flatwater/SeaKayakGuidelines.htm#A. If you have participated in a CT AMC sea kayak trip, you may e-mail the leader to register. Call leader if this is your first trip. Leader: Robert White. 203-453-3727. robertswhite@comcast.net. Co-Leader: Barry Gorfain, 860-739-6622 Co-Leader: Jean Trapani. 203-221-7439. flatwater@ct-amc.org. Registration is required for this trip.

September 14, 2008 Sunday

Great Meadow Salt Marsh and Lewis Gut, Stratford. Moderately paced 4-hour paddle in peaceful salt marsh. Lifejacket (PFD) required. As this is the leaderís first exploration of this area, please bring your sense of adventure as you jointly explore this beautiful area. Some paddling experience required, and you must supply your own boat. Registration required by Friday, Sept. 12. Trip size limited. Leader will e-mail all trip details, including starting time (midmorning) and meeting place. RSVP sooner, rather than later. RSVPing does not obligate you to come if your plans change, but if you cannot make it, let the leader know, so he can open the trip to someone else. Leader: Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

September 20, 2008 Saturday

Silver Lake, Berlin. Moderately paced 3-hour paddle on quiet lake with shorter options available. Meet at 10 a.m. at the boat launch. Use 130 Norton Lane, Berlin, as an address for mapping software/GPS. From Rt. 15 North, go 1.6 miles past the point where the Wilbur Cross Pkwy. becomes the Berlin Tpke. Turn left on Tollgate Road at the light. Go 0.2 miles and turn left on Norton Lane and follow around the bend in the lake. The launch will be about 0.8 miles from the left. From Rt. 9 South, it is about 2.8 miles along the Berlin Turnpike to Tollgate Road. PFD required. Your must supply your own boat as leader has no loaners or information on rentals. Bring water and food. Rain cancels. E-mail leader that morning by 8 a.m. if weather is uncertain, or e-mail your phone number in advance, so he can call you with any cancellation. Leader: Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

This trip got left off the web schedule but will run if there is interest.

September 21, 2008. Sunday

Fisher's Island Sound, Sea Kayak Level III Depending on the weather, we will paddle from Groton Long Point across Fisher's Island Sound to the harbor on Fisher's Island and return. Total length of 6-8 miles. This will cross a major channel and can be complicated by waves and wind. You must have previously paddled on an AMC sea kayak trip or be personally known by the leaders and meet level III requirements. If the conditions are poor, we will explore the coast of Noank and the outer islands of the Mystic River. Please review skill level and required equipment at http://www.ct-amc.org/flatwater/SeaKayakGuidelines.htm#A. Call leader to register. Leader: Barry Gorfain, 860-739-6622 Co-Leader: Robert White. 203-453-3727. robertswhite@comcast.net. Registration is required for this trip. See contact above.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Norwalk River See for yourself the riverís features, biodiversity, the local shellfish industry, and effects of development upon the river system and harbor. Bring your own kayak or rent from the Small Boat Shop, 144 Water Street, South Norwalk. Call the Small Boat Shop in advance to rent equipment at 203-854-5223, and get directions to the shop and tour meeting site. We will launch from www.thesmallboatshop.com. You MUST contact Jean Trapani (203-606-9459 or 203-221-7439) to preregister & get launch time. After you have registered, you can call leader early in the morning of the trip if weather looks iffy. Beginners welcome. Many thanks to the Norwalk River Watershed Association http://www.norwalkriver.org./ for all their conservation efforts for this river and also to Earthplace's Dick Harris http://www.earthplace.org/ for many years of water quality monitoring. This tour is back due to popular demand because many folks weren't able to paddle with us on the first trip we did earlier this year.

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