What we're about

Meet other local paddlers. Beginners welcome, focus is on easier trips - there are many beautiful ponds, lakes and slow rivers in central Mass to explore!

This is a participatory group. No one person plans and leads the events. You are indeed encouraged to organize and host events for the group that members can enjoy. Contact the organizer if you want to join the group's Leadership Team and have the tools you need to plan your own events.

This group's Organizer fees are financed with small donations from its members ($5 is suggested). There are three ways to donate:
A) Mail to Ron Haines. (Send him a message first to get the correct address)
B) Paypal via this link, https://paypal.me/ronaldhaines .
C) Pay at an event.
Make sure the name you use on Meetup accompanies your payment so we can confirm your contribution.

***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.

We do ask that everyone wear a PFD at all times on the water, regardless of the time of year. Also in accordance with local and national boating regulations, whistles are required on all trips and lights (a headlamp or flashlight is sufficient) are required on late afternoon/evening paddles. We have on occasion been checked by environmental police at the launch for these items, better to be prepared. A pump made specifically for kayaking or an alternate bailing device is recommended.

It is highly recommended that each person participating in an event bring a spare set of clothes in a waterproof bag, as well as water, snack, sunscreen and insect repellent. A hat or visor and sunglasses are advisable for early evening paddles when the sun is low in the sky.

Liability Release – AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING THIS MEETUP, you agree to hold harmless and indemnify the organizer and their heirs, and all members and participants of this MeetUp group from any and all claims for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage including those caused by negligence, ignorance, inexperience and other reasons. You also agree to assume all mental, physical, financial and/or other risk associated with this MeetUp. All MeetUp activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment.

Upcoming events (2)

Pawcatuck River, Rhode Island Part 4

196 Potter Hill Rd

5 mile one way trip. Get in at 196 Potter Hill Road, Westerly, (the near cross street is Laurel) after dam. Possible rocky parts and sections might be blocked or obstacles. Possible short sections of fast water or white water. Portages possible. Intermediate paddling skills needed. Portage dam at Stillman Avenue. Out at 101 Main Street, Westerly, at boat ramp, big parking lot or 42 Margin Street. Bring extra clothes and rope, snacks and drinks, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray and anything else you usually carry. We start together, stay together and finish together. ***PLEASE NOTE THE GROUP'S RULES*** 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. We do ask that everyone wear a PFD at all times on the water, regardless of the time of year. Also in accordance with local and national boating regulations, whistles are required on all trips and lights (a headlamp or flashlight is sufficient) are required on late afternoon/evening paddles. We have on occasion been checked by environmental police at the launch for these items, better to be prepared. A pump made specifically for kayaking or an alternate bailing device is recommended. It is highly recommended that each person participating in an event bring a spare set of clothes in a waterproof bag, as well as water, snack, sunscreen and insect repellent. A hat or visor and sunglasses are advisable for early evening paddles when the sun is low in the sky. Liability Release – AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING THIS MEETUP, you agree to hold harmless and indemnify the organizer and their heirs, and all members and participants of this MeetUp group from any and all claims for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage including those caused by negligence, ignorance, inexperience and other reasons. You also agree to assume all mental, physical, financial and/or other risk associated with this MeetUp. All MeetUp activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment.

Leisurely flatwater paddle on the Farmington River in Simsbury, CT

We will put in at Curtiss Park in Simsbury, paddle upstream for a couple hours or so and then back down to where we started. We’ll catch early fall, paddle under the beautiful Drake Hill Flower Bridge (http://www.simsbury-ct.gov/culture-parks-recreation/pages/the-old-drake-hill-flower-bridge), and perhaps go up to the famed Pinchot Sycamore, the largest sycamore in the Northeast, at the Route 185 bridge (http://www.courant.com/features/hc-daytrek-pinchotsycamore.apr1300-story.html ). (It is 3.5 miles to the Flower Bridge and 5.3 miles to the Pinchot Sycamore, so this is a paddle of up to 10.6 miles) For an aerial view of the route go to We will meet at 10:30 am and shove off when everyone’s ready. Bring whatever you need in the way of snacks and drink. Please bring your whistle and wear your PFD. For last minute cancels and if you are running late that morning, use the cell,[masked]. Curtiss Park is on Rt. 315 (Tariffville Road) just south of Tariffville, CT. Take the entrance into park opposite the soccer fields. It’s at the northern end of a long wooden fence and is a dirt road. A GPS address to get you close to the turnoff is 53 Tariffville Rd, Simsbury, CT. Follow dirt road to launch. Launch is very friendly, shallow and sandy. We will paddle to left (upstream) and return downstream to launch point. I am posting this event on two sites that the original host (Ron H) has run. Given the need for social distancing, I am limiting the number of attendees. If you wish to bring a guest, MESSAGE me FIRST!! If the response is great enough, I may delegate a second host and stagger launch times. When you arrive, please park and offload your kayak by your vehicle and await further direction to avoid too many people at once at waters edge. Wear a mask as you put-in. Once on the water and able to 'distance', dealer's choice.

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