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OCT 20 Paddle to Gillette Castle & Surrounding spots from Gelston House area

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Hi Everyone,

Charlie wants to extend the paddle season for those not ready to store the yaks till later and so far it is nice enough for to get out there again.

I will be doing some work on the house and garage that i must do before it does get to cold, then also storing & start repairing all my yaks by the evening.

I wish you all a good and safe time on the river.

This is the same location as before, Near the Gelston House and down stream to the Gillette Castle Loop. Info- is below:



Tide Info: LOW apx 8 am HIGH apx 1:30 pm

I will let Charlie add any details he wants also:


Hi everyone, for me, the weather is too nice to hang the kayaks up, so Julie and I planned on at least another time or two out on the water. The foliage should be nice along the CT River in the this area this weekend and who knows, there may be another eagle sighting opportunity! The Launch point will be the same as last time in this location with parking near the GoodSpeed Airport. The plan is to be in the water at 12:00 noon, paddle down river around the islands and then on to Gillette Castle. On the way back, a side trip to Chapman Pond should also have some very nice foliage views with reflections off the water.

So far the weather is looking good for Sunday afternoon so it should be a good paddle. Rough guess is that the round trip is about 10 miles of easy paddling, based on the last time here

Sorry but I'm not planning a BBQ after.


Getting There From Hartford:

GPS APPROXIMATE # 51 LUMBER YARD Road -- East Haddam - to get you close enough.

I-91 South

Rte 9 South to Exit for GoodSpeed Oprha House.

Pass Oprah House --- Take first right at Gelston House = Lumber Yard RD

Once on Lumber Yard Road after passing the Gelston House, cross the small bridge, pass the paved parking lot, take a next right into the dirt lot which is before the airport entrance. go to end of this road leading to the shore of the CT River.