Sunderland Islands Paddle: Morning Bird Watching With John Body


Age Level: 8 and up

Fitness Level: Able to paddle at a moderate pace for 30 minutes without a break, able to swim at least 10 yards cross-current unassisted

Skill Level: Some prior paddling experience preferred

Wake up to the sound of birds along the shores of the Connecticut River with our Naturalist John Body.

This is a gentle loop paddle from the Sunderland Boat Ramp access around Sunderland Islands Wildlife Management Area - First Island and Second Island. This excursion is a good introduction to upstream paddling and exploring a mid-river island where there are nesting bald eagles.

The paddling is smooth, but can be somewhat swift depending upon the outflow from Cabot Station, the main hydro-electric facility upstream, and though it has no rapids this is still an area to respect as a paddler. Because we will be in somewhat of a confined area, there will be flexibility based on your group to keep it ultra-relaxed paddling near Riverside Park or to get a bit more exercise and run the 3-mile loop around Second Island and check out the cliff face and rock formations upstream.

*Please note: time may vary due to river flow, wind conditions, and paddler experience.

What’s included:

  • Kayaking guides
  • Kayak, paddle, and PFD appropriate to the water conditions and your needs
  • Dry storage for small personal items
  • A great experience on the Connecticut River

What to bring:

  • Clothes for paddling* + dry clothes
  • Footwear for paddling* + dry land footwear
  • Windbreaker
  • Sunscreen + Hat
  • Waterproof Camera!
  • Sunglasses
  • *Your feet WILL get wet and splashes happen.

Meeting Point: Sunderland Public Library Parking Lot


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