Summer Sunset/Dark of the Moon Paddle on the Norton Reservoir!

Bring your kayak or canoe and join L.L. Bean Mansfield on Friday August 2nd for another of our always popular sunset paddles on the beautiful Norton Reservoir. We’ll plan on meeting at 6:00PM in the public boat launch parking lot located at the end of Juniper Road off of Reservoir Road. Sunset on this day is at 8:03PM. We won’t see any moon this evening because it’s getting close to its new phase of August. Two hours should give us plenty of time on this evening outing to paddle much of the reservoir while we wait for the approaching sunset. The Norton Reservoir is home to a number of species of water fowl (swans, ducks, geese) and other birds that hunt for their food on the water (ospreys, cormorants, blue herons). Please bring snacks and beverages of your choice (non-alcohol please) because we’ll raft up and situate our boats to view the setting sun. After the sun slips below the horizon we’ll finish up our paddle in the evening twilight. Bring a headlamp or flashlight to use while loading your boat afterwards. Please arrive on time so we can get everyone set and on the water before 6:30PM. This paddle should run about 2 hours and cover between 2 to 3 miles in distance.
ALL ATENDEES MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN KAYAK/CANOE, PADDLES and LIFE JACKETS (PFD).
The minimum age for attending is 8 (Children 8-15 yrs must have a participating adult with them, 16-17 yrs must have a parent/guardian sign participant agreement but do not need to attend).
Please dress appropriately for weather conditions. Dressing in layers works best.
Wear appropriate footwear for kayaking/canoeing.
Please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines and gear you may need as well. These outings are free but you are responsible to have everything you need.
A camera and/or binoculars are always a welcome addition. Insect repellent is a must.
Please arrive on time so we can get everyone on the water by 6:30PM.
If you have any trouble finding our meetup location please feel free to call before the event kicks off. Andy’s cell phone is [masked].
Look for Andy’s Green Honda Pilot with the “L.L. Bean Mansfield Outing Program” banner hanging on the side!

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  • Andy Girczyc

    Thanks to all who came out to our sunset paddle with L.L. Bean Mansfield. It was a beautiful evening to enjoy the Norton Res. Plus we were treated to a close encounter with a mute swan. Enjoy the photos! If anyone else took photos please feel free to upload them to this site. Hope to see you all on our next outing. --Andy

    August 5

  • Jim Palomba

    A very nice night for a paddle

    August 3

  • A former member
    A former member

    No kayak! Can I hitch a ride?

    July 15

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