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July 22 - Kayak 4 MILE RIVER to the Marsh Lands & finish up @ Island Beaches

  • Jul 22, 2012 · 11:00 AM
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Hi Everyone,

All kayak types and skill levels are encouraged to participate on this event even though its open water for a short ways and you can choose to head up the Pattagensett River or just head to the beaches where we will all meet later


This event needs good weather to be present to continue.

Rain or other undesirable conditions cancells this event.

Current weather at the site are:



Today's Radar Loop:


Tides for Four Mile River starting with July 22, 2012.

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible

Su  22     High   1:06 AM     4.2   5:36 AM    Rise  9:21 AM      7
    22      Low   7:17 AM     0.0   8:15 PM     Set  9:54 PM
    22     High   1:42 PM     4.1
    22      Low   7:37 PM     0.4

The pictures below are the charts for the area we will be in.

We will be in the area that is in the center of the below chart - more specifically right above LONG LEDGE:

Bring your lunch food and lots of sunscreen, water for this day, a sand umbrella too if its sunny with a chair or mat..etc...


CT Coastal Kayaking Tours has a great map and a few pics of the area and if you dont join me, join them someday:

The Trip:

After leaving 4 Mile River and reaching the open ocean, take a left, go past the grubby beach park, and head towards the LARGE island in front of you (Heading EAST) its called Griswold Island, once you reach the island, take a left at the island then go North, untill you reach its end, right at the end of the island I plan to head up the Pattagansette River but you can take a right heading EAST, ---- 2 of the beaches for our enjoyment are to the left # 1and # 2 in front of you. Please don't pick the most over populated spots if there are a bunch of us still on the way, go to a nice clean area where we all have room to converse and share snacks if you want to do that..etc.. Beach 1 and 3 fit us best, beach 2 is for the power boater kind of people but an option if you want to go there.

RAIN, WIND OVER 10 MPH AND overall SEAS 1- 2(Absolute Max) FEET IS MY SET MAX LIMIT FOR any RECREATIONAL YAKS on any trip, however there is usually an alternate plan within an event if necessary so if its listed, its safe enough but stay close to someone or stay in a group..

Please have some safety gear, one of which should be a whistle, this is really something cheap and lets those know you are in trouble. MOST OF US HAVE PUMPS, PADDLE FLOATS, PADDLE LEASHES AND STUFF, so there is enough of us to help you if you don't.
Floation bags for recreational yaks is a good thing to have also.

Getting to the PADDLING Put In SPOT:

Study your maps, you may need a back up route if its trafficky or an accident..etc.

apx GPS address: # 20 Oakridge Drive, Old Lyme CT LOOK for boat launch signs.

From Hartford:

Take I- 91 south to rte 9 south,

Go through The terrible Middletown Lights section.

Go to end of rte 9 and take left onto I - 95 *NORT*, go 2 exits.

( or # 70 for rte 156 and go through town if the traffic is really backed up on the bridge)

Else - Take exit # 71 = 4 Mile River Road (This is beach season so there is usually traffic going to Garbage Beach an exit further down.)

At end of exit take left, this is 4 Mile River Road going SOUTH to the shore.

Stay on 4 Mile River Road for apx 0.7 miles.

You will meet rte 156 = Shore Road,

Take the right onto Shore Road heading South.

in apx 0.6 miles look left for OAKRIDGE DRIVE.


Go about half way around the circling road, look for the brown boat launch sign and a road off to the right going to the river..go to end and unload then go back to parking lot..walk back to water.


The following Kayaks with paddles and life jackets are available for the put in site if reserved in advance:

Note: if you reserve a kayak and i take it all the way to the site and you do not show -- you will never join us again for any event, these are my personal hobby boats and its asked you be sincere in showing up besides i ask less than half of what a local shop charges and you get better equipment right at the event site.

Yes i will understand traffic may cause you to be late and if i hear of of any traffic via my GPS or by other arriving members, then we usually wait a bit longer than normal.

Please get a GPS, or a GPS with traffic data is even better.

Boat use Doughnation is $20.00.

KAYAK #1: Eddyline Wind Dancer Fiberglass/Kevlar, Red, Rudder Equipped 18' @ 24" wide.

This is an expedition style sea kayak designed for rough sea conditions and heavy loads.

Highly stable (initial & secondary), heavy weight (52 LB).
For almost any sized paddler apx (100 to 240 lbs) with beginner and up skills.


KAYAK #2: Necky Eliza Plastic, Fire Color, Rudder Equipped 15'-3.5'' @ 22"wide.

Transitional Recreation to Sea Kayak, moderate weight (49 LB) ladies kayak
Small to Medium sized paddler (100 - 160 lbs) with Beginner and up skills.
This is the heavier model and largest cockpit of the Eliza series.


KAYAK #3: Necky Eliza Advanced Composite (Un Modified), Red and White, Skeg Version 15'-3'' @ 21" wide.

Transitional Recreation to Sea Kayak, Light weight (45 LB) Ladies Kayak.

Small to Medium sized paddler (95 - 140 lbs) with Beginner and up skills.
This is the medium size cockpit of the Eliza series.


KAYAK #4: Necky Eliza Composite Special Ultra Light Version

(Very Thin Fibreglass), Yellow, Skeg Version 15'-3'' @ 21" wide.

Transitional Recreation to Sea Kayak, Light weight (40 LB) Ladies Kayak.
Small to Medium sized paddler (90 - 135 lbs) with Beginner and up skills.
This is the lightest of the Eliza Series and also with the smallest cockpit so make sure you can fit in it.


KAYAK #5: Wood Cedar Strip Night Heron by Guillemot Kayaks, Fixed Skeg 18' @ 20" wide.

Overall a stable and predictable Sea Kayak with a hard chine, low rocker Greenland style hull, heavy weight (50 lbs).

Greenland style Paddle available also if specifically REQUESTED. .

Medium Sized Paddler (apx 125 - 220 Lbs) with NOVICE/INTERMEDIATE and up skills.


KAYAK #6: NDK Greenlander Pro, Fiberglass, Red, Skeg Equipped. Greenland style, kayak for ocean crusing. 18' @ 21" wide, heavy weight 50 lb

Greenland style sea kayak. Medium sized paddler [masked] lbs) with a MINIMUM of Intermediate to Advanced sea paddling skills needed for this boat.


See Those that are Interested on the water.. al-r

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  • Anne B.

    Gorgeous day and nice spot for lunch stop. Thanks you Al for steering us toward thinly populated spots! And ok got to try one of Al's boats, unfotunately the most tippy he has. It was a good exercise in the morning, and I did okay. But having done a practice session the day before to learn wet exits with my new skirt, and getting a chance to do an assisted re-entry toward the end of the day, I was pretty tired when I did another rollover, and accepted a ride from a power boater to the beach near the entrance to the river we had launched into. I guess I am not yet ready for the NDK Greenlander Pro! Very different body

    July 24, 2012

  • Melissa

    Wonderful as always!

    July 23, 2012

  • Mary

    Fantastic day of sun and fun. Thanks Al

    July 22, 2012

  • Natalia

    will have my own gear

    July 21, 2012

  • laurie z


    July 21, 2012

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