What we're about

Hi Everyone, Welcome, Fellow River & Shore Kayaker's,

This is NOT a professional kayak tour group or kayak instruction group, it is just a group of friends sharing a hobby and other shared interests. ( DOWNHILL Skiing is with AE SKI CLUB.COM , Bike Riding is with CASUAL BIKER's GROUP, Hiking is in a Social Paced & Features Exploring Nature by us. )

Kick the Kentucky Deep Fried Chicken Bucket into the trash, it is time to start getting in shape for the new 2018 paddling season and other associated activities.

I am planning on having a very productive season every year exploring some new paddling locations and returning to the favourites of the past few years also.

First Timers, Beginners to Advanced paddlers, and Recreational to Sea Rated Kayaks are welcome on all of my events and locations listed.

IMPORTANT: If you have a recreational Kayak you can still join us, however for everyone's safety it would be good to have flotation bags in the front and rear.


This Kayak group introduces paddling events in the cooler weather on the Flat Water Rivers generally in the Connecticut & Massachusetts area during the Spring and Fall season. Further away areas will be introduced when sufficient strength is acquired to handle a longer trip.

As soon as the the air and ocean water temp reaches a point where it is safe enough, we will start to explore the selected CLEANER WATER shore areas generally between GUILFORD CT to WAKEFIELD RI AREA'S put ins.

Coves, estuaries, tidal rivers and some open ocean paddling out to a few islands are part of the mix for all to join in on.

I have a few new areas of exploration and i plan to introduce them as the skills of the majority increases. This helps the new paddlers just joining us for the first time to explore with us and it enhances the feeling of security to them.

Please remember: "Don't buy junk kayaks or junk equipment" (I learned the hard way) but if you already have purchased your boats or can't afford the good equipment, join us anyway. The primary goal of this group is to enjoy paddling while helping each other to naturally gain skills. You will learn what kinds of kayaks and equipment is safer and how to use them without overspending.

One of the best things to learn is Self Rescue because you never know when you will go into the water especially when no one may be around to get to you easily or in a timely way.

Please watch the following video: Paddle Float Entry:

( In the Summer you will be able practice this with us in real OCEAN CONDITIONS @ the 4 Mile River Event or other lake river event prior to the ocean) :


Heel Hook version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QGG03uMWCs

Should you learn Rolling ???


To Interactively Learn some Kayak Principles a fantastic site:


A good thing to practice is the "Assisted Rescue" Heel Hook re-Entry:

> The now swimmer floats parallel to their boat on back in water with head towards his/her stern resting until ready while you are holding the boat steady for them up against yours.

: have them raise their OUTSIDE leg and HOOK their leg under the fore deck of their boat.

: using that leg as a lever, their inside arm can be used to also steady against any life line (you can also help pull on the outside arm), then have them roll themselves toward you so they end up on to their boat with their stomachs down above the seat.

: From this point have them roll in either direction to an upright position while sliding down into the cockpit position until they are ready and comfortable enough to start to paddle again.


All Events will be chosen to be in places where there are: NO boat launching FEES and adequate parking.

I plan the events based on river flow rates, ocean tides, water temp, wind speed, and other weather conditions to provide the best outcome for all.

With all events, there is the Traditional Pot Luck Barbie-q's, a fire pit and plenty of time to enjoy socializing into the evening so please plan to join us for the whole day.

I have a "Hopeful" course and destination when i post an event. There is usually an unknown exact paddle time on the water since things change as we go along, as a group some can cut the course short and meet us at the Barbie-Q spot The others can continue to the paddle destination as listed. It is always more of a group decision as to when its time to call it "Dinner Time" or when we have had enough for the day.

You have to carry a PFD *Required by Law* and if possible attach a whistle to it to alert others if you are in danger.

It is not always necessary, However, Please wear your PFD at all times (this makes it easier on everyone in the event you do capsize especially if you don't have the proper skills to get back in efficiently, are physically out of shape, or are injured in any way) the whistle alerts more people to your need). I wear mine at all times because i learned the hard way once and live to tell you to wear yours now, i don't want to tow a dead body with a drag rope all the way down the river or to the shore then have to answer legal questions on why you are dead.

If possible, and if you can afford it, get a small light or a headlamp which is ok (not really leagal, but better than nothing) for the very few evening paddles i may have or for finding your stuff in the dark, a paddle float for re-entry, http://www.outdooreyes.com/paddlefloatrescue.php3 ,a paddle leash and a hand water pump (or bailing sponge) are also nice to have available on your yak. Think of the items as your own Cheap Life Insurance.

Spray Skirts are NOT Required in this group yet are encouraged after you have mastered a few wet exits and feel comfortable in their use.

Since UN-planned conditions vary greatly, i prefer novices to get out of their kayaks quickly and a spray skirt without many practice wet exits is more of a liability than help.

If you are using a spray skirt and you need to extricate your self quickly, please have a WHITE ball on the Grab Loop so you can find it easier while being upside down in darker water.


DISCLAIMER: Water sports are inherently and obviously more dangerous than most activities found on Meetup, however its much safer if you know how to self rescue, have some safety equipment, and are willing to learn some new skills along with being in acceptable physical shape.

Your way of knowing if you are in shape is to try to any self re-entry procedure at least 3 times successfully in deeper water while we are with you to assist if you need it along with being able to paddle for a few hours.

As you join us from the beginning of the season you will gain enough strength to handle the ocean trips of apx 11 miles or so naturally.

As a group we will attempt to save you as best we can given our own limitations, you have to do your part by being prepared for emergencies too. Please don't hold me or the group responsible for your actions if they are beyond our help, control, or reasoning.

This is a group of paddlers that enjoy the group environment, we learn things from each other, attending some events that promote safety, ( DEP, Coast Guard..our own practice..etc).

This group is not a business, a dues paying club or professional tour group, and there no kayak instructors are involved.

It is just a group of paddlers sharing in an enjoyable activity while learning as we go along.


My Useful Links:

Fishing Tournaments for us to avoid:


Basic Weather Overview : http://www.spc.noaa.gov/exper/mesoanalysis/new/viewsector.php?sector=16

River Flood Conditions: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/CT/nwis/current?type=flow


Measured sea temp: https://www.seatemperature.org/north-americ...

Average Water Temps: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/dsdt/cwtg/natl.html

APR 1-15=47*, APR 16-30=51*, MAY 1-15=54*, MAY 16-31=59*, JUN 1-15=62*, JUN 16-30=66*, JUL 1-15=68*, JUL 16-31=72*

Ocean Weather: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/okx/

Aviation Weather: http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/launch/code.cgi?Submit=Go&sta=KHFD&state=CT

Farmington River Flow Rates: http://www.frwa.org/river_flows.html

Tides 1 CT: http://www.saltwatertides.com/dynamic.dir/connecticutsites.html

Tides 2 Ri: http://www.saltwatertides.com/dynamic.dir/r...

Winds: http://www.usairnet.com/weather/maps/current/connecticut/wind-speed/

Kayak info, safety and other: http://connyak.org/


Wave Knowledge: http://www.seafriends.org.nz/oceano/waves.htm

OK see you all on the water soon..


Upcoming events (3)

Sat-Oct-31- Spooky Beginner Level Bike Ride -Rail to Trail- Potluck BBQ after

Hi Everyone, Remember: We do not know the Expected Actual Weather Conditions until late Friday for the day of Saturday morning & afternoon. I make a decision sometime Friday if this event is OK enough for Saturday.. or back up day Sunday Current Weather Prediction: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-72.36899569630621&lat=41.61411615865859#.X3Jma2hKg2w 11 am to (estimated) 4:30 pm including the BBQ. ***The park entrance is located directly across from the Spooky Reidy Hill Road grave yard home***. There will be an ORANGE *ALAR * SIGN BY THE ROAD so hopefully you see the park entrance easier :-) The start is from Grayville Park, it is a small park located GPS approximate # 127 Grayville Road in Hebron CT (some GPS may need Amston as a town). The ride is geared to us Kayakers and Fellow Bikers to keep YOU in shape. It also is to get you a ready for a CASUAL BIKERS MEETUP GROUP Rides someday when you are ready. https://explorect.org/grayville-falls/ The meetup map link has been set for the exact location. From the park using the Airline Trail ( HARD PACKED GRAVEL *RAIL TO TRAILs* ) we head toward the South West direction. The ride distance and speed is dependent on the groups ability and strengths. ( Usually around 7 to 12 mph as trail conditions change, with a distance of apx 10-15 miles total.) The Lyman Viaduct and other stops are less in distance and any one of them can be the final destination if the group decides. Remember we have all day to get to the destination(s) and the destination can be with an extended rest time. On our return trip and loading up bikes, the park is a great place for an OPTIONAL Fireside Potluck BBQ after. Bring your chairs and some potluck foods if interested for after. Grille and accessories are loaded up including WOOD & propain fire-pit for ambiance. Current Weather Prediction: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-72.36899569630621&lat=41.61411615865859#.X3Jma2hKg2w Remember: We do not know the Expected Actual Weather Conditions until late Friday for the day of Saturday morning & afternoon. ----- Have your bike in ready to ride condition with tires safely plumped up and spare tube with you. I do not carry a high pressure pump on the bike , only an emergency on the go pump is loaded on the bike that may reach 40 psi at best for repairs on the go. There is a small electric air compressor in my trunk for Shrader Valve tubes only. No Adaptor for Presta Valves at this time in my tool box. aL ar


Online event

Hi Everyone, We can not stop the cold weather from occurring, however we can do weather appropriate activities to keep us active and healthy. Let me choose form past years activities and also your suggestions to make the winter go by faster. Hiking for enjoyment of the environment around you, XC Skiing/snowshoeing if it ever snows enough, VERY Limited Down Hill Skiing this year if the lodge & lift restrictions are not so bad. Other activities are Options too. See Those destined to be in CT this winter... (Maybe discuss the VILLAGES in Floorida next year as we learn of its activities) aL

Kayaking & Biking Week 2021

Burlingame State Campgrounds

Hi Everyone, 2021 Kayaking & Biking Camp Week. Bring your kayak, bike, (some rain gear if it rains), big or little tent, and ready for a good nice week.. We have potlucks and a nice camp fire in the evenings same as we do when on kayaking events, we go to the store daily for foods, other evening activities too. 1) You Reserve your own sites and coordinate with anyone sharing your site with you: https://www.reserveamerica.com/ 2) Everything Depends on the Weather, Wind, Water Conditions, and venue availability for any activity thus There is no SET SCHEDULE of events planned because everything changes daily and occasionally the morning of the day even if best planned the night before. 3) SOME Locations to visit as conditions allow : TUNES ON THE DUNES: TBD 2021 BLUE SHUTTERS BEACH: 469 EAST BEACH RD, CHARLESTOWN Local Entertainment: TBD 2021 https://festivalnet.com/13254/Charlestown-Rhode-Island/Food-Festivals/Charlestown-Seafood-Festival Kayaking ACCESS: 36 POLLOCK AVE, WAKEFIELD Kayaking 1A ACCESS: 315 BOSTON NECK RD, NARRAGANSETT RAT CELLAR : 489 A OLD COACH RD, CHARLESTOWN TRUSTOM POND: 839 MATUNUCK SCHOOL RD, CHARLESTOWN NINNYGRIT ACCESS: 4908 OLD POST RD, CHARLESTOWN QUONNIE POND ACCESS: 850 WEST BEACH RD, CHARLESTOWN NORTH KINGSTON ACCESS: 96 INTREPID DR, NORTH KINGSTON PAWCATUCK RIVER ACCESS: 494 BRADFORD RD, BRADFORD O'NEIL BIKE PATH: 1 RAILROAD AVE, SOUTH KINGSTON, FANTASTIC UMBRELLA FACTORY: 4820 Old Post Rd, Charlestow Charlestown Police Station Jail & Bail *** Liability Waiver: By clicking on "Yes" for this event you and guests agree, warrant, and agree to the covenant as follows: In consideration for accepting this entry, I, the registrant, intending to be legally bound, for myself, my heirs, my executors, and administrators, do waive and release any and all rights for damages I may have against any parties or persons connected with the Kayaking CT MA RI kayaking Meetup Group for and related to the above-listed event. I attest and verify that I am physically fit to participate in any portion of this above-listed event and adhere to common safety practices also. See ya all there, :-)

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