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Please note: the person who is organizing this is Renee Taylor.  If you wish to go, please email    Thank you!

Meet at the Great Island state Boat Launch, Smith Neck Road, Old Lyme at noon. You can rent a kayak after 11:00a.m. at EMS Waterford if you don’t have one. Reserving ahead of time is recommended.


We will explore the secluded back channels, side rivers, and coves that parallel the lower Connecticut River near the mouth on the east side, winding through 10-foot-tall marsh reeds in one of CT’s largest brackish tidal marshes and a barrier beach that teem with birdlife especially at this premigration feeding period.  You can access a guide to this area at:

Directions: From the East: Take I-95 South to Exit 70. At  the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Lyme Street and proceed .8 miles. Next,  turn right onto Ferry Road,  and continue 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Route 156/Shore Road and proceed 1.3  miles. Turn right onto Smith    Neck Road and follow .7 miles (to its end).

From the West: Take I-95 North to Exit 70. At the end of the  exit ramp, turn right onto Route 156/Shore Road and continue 1.7 miles. Next,  turn right onto Smith Neck Road,  and proceed .7 miles (to its end).

Bring lunch to enjoy in boat and/or we can hit the town for supper.

Safety vests must be worn at all times.

Please no cell phone use on the water.


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