In Central Vermont, join our Saturday and Sunday Connecticut River calm-water paddle on flat gently moving waters, delightful for a relaxing paddle or to stretch your muscles. Kayak rentals are available, with paddle, pfd and dry bag.
Instruction in paddling fundamentals for participants with a range of abilities, from the wary new paddler to those seeking to refine their technique. We aim to keep participants comfortable while teaching them to become more efficient, capable and confident paddlers. Flat-water lessons by ACA Flat-water, Sea Kayak, and White Water certified instructor Bonna Wieler and co-leader Debra Weisenstein.
12-15 miles on a 2-day kayaking trip on the calm Connecticut River in central Vermont. Instruction in paddling fundamentals for participants with a range of abilities, from the wary new paddler to those seeking to refine their technique. We aim to keep participants comfortable while teaching them to become more efficient, capable and confident paddlers.
Leader: David Elliott, kayak chair of Worcester Appalachian Mountain Club
Co-leader Bonna Wieler, firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-333-3549
Co-leader Debra Weisenstein, email@example.com
Folks may stay at the Breakfast on the Connecticut B&B’s main house (It is the only B&B on the entire Connecticut River, and is lovely, right on the water, and their breakfasts are great). For this option, you are responsible for your own reservations directly with Breakfast on the Connecticut, Lyme, NH.
Or you could camp overnight at Bold Paths land in S. Strafford ($25/night normal rates) and use the covered tent platform for group space. Firepit, stream, outhouse, nearby house. We can provide tents, groundcloths, sleeping pads, even sleeping bags if you need them.
Or you could commute and join us for one day or two days of paddling.
Dates & Times
Saturday: 11:00 am start from Breakfast on the Connecticut. Shuttle boats to starting point at Orford, NH, boat launch. We leave a car at the B&B for the return drive that night to pick up the cars.
- Paddling fundamentals taught.
- Six miles paddle from Orford to B&B in Lyme. We count on 2 mph, which includes exploring the river, wetlands, estuaries.
- Bring your Saturday lunches and snacks.
- Dinner at B&B; campfire dinner provided if weather permits, or we may eat out (individuals’ cost).
- Relaxing evening together.
Sunday: 9:30 am meet and launch from the B&B, paddling fundamentals review lessons and further skills. Paddle 5 ½ miles to Lyme Hewes Brook boat launch for picnic lunch. You may take out there or continue downriver 3 miles more to Thetford VT launch. We will pre-set the cars where you plan to finish your trip.
$30 for food, includes Saturday dinner, Sunday lunch
$20/day kayak rentals, includes choice of kayak, pfd, paddle, dry bag if needed. $25/night camping fees, or stay at the B&B (you make the reservations).
Connecticut River between Orford boat launch, NH, and Lyme, NH / or Norwich, VT boat launch. About 6 miles each day Saturday and Sunday.
REGISTER FIRST before making your Inn reservations.