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East Brimfield Lake

Kayak @ Quinnebaug River in Brimfield.  We will launch at 9:30. We will paddle from Long Pond to Holland Pond and back, about 3+ hours of paddling. Bring a snack, we'll get out and stretch at Holland Pond before heading back. If the water is very low we can paddle the two lakes instead of the river.

This paddle is through the area that was hit by the tornado. You will see a lot of damage but the trees have been cleared out of the river.

There are people at this ramp that check equipment for all boats. Do not forget your life jacket and whistle. To get there - From the Mass Pike to Rt. 20 West - Stay on Rt. 20 through the center of Sturbridge. About 1/2 mile after the intersection of Rt. 20 and 148 (stay on Rt. 20), there will be a brown sign on the left saying "East Brimfield Dam", and then shortly after that on the right is another brown sign with a picture of a boat ramp, the entrance to the ramp area is on the right shortly after the ramp sign. When you get down to the parking lot, the sign says "Long Pond / East Brimfield Lake". From Rt. 20 East - Go over the lake, and the entrance to the boat ramp is the first left after you go over the lake.

Unload your boat to the left of the ramp. DO NOT USE THE RAMP.  Park your car up the little hill on the other side of the gate.  The few spots on the right below the gate are for boats with trailers.

There are a lot of places in the area to eat if people want to stop for a bite after the paddle. My favorite is BT's.


***PLEASE NOTE*** The organizers in this group are NOT trained leaders or instructors. The organizers only set the time and place, each person participating in any group trip is responsible for their own safety. Each participant is responsible for evaluating all relevant conditions for the trip and determining if their skills and equipment are appropriate for those conditions.

Required items: PFD (worn) and whistle. Optional/recommended: Pump/bailer, set of dry clothes in drybag, water, snack, insect repellent and sunscreen as needed.

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  • Denise C.

    Other than the weeds which could be difficult, it was a good paddle.

    June 29, 2014

  • Mark L

    I'd like to join the group for a bit but might have to bail at some point. The water level was fine for kayaks last week. I live nearby and paddle this frequently. Hopefully nobody minds a SUP joining a pod of kayaks. ;)

    June 29, 2014

  • Denise C.

    Hi, This paddle is right down the road from me so I'll be there! Not sure if I'll do the river though. I think you're right in your thoughts of it being low.

    June 29, 2014

  • Jeff

    Haven't paddled with this group in awhile and this is my favorite place on Earth to paddle. Excited to see you all tomorrow.

    June 28, 2014

  • ruby

    I might go

    June 28, 2014

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