Sunderland Islands Paddle

< 12 with guardian in the same tandem kayak
12-15 accompanied on the experience by guardian
16-17 with liability waiver signed by guardian

Adventure East reserves the right to evaluate all paddlers for skill levels and group dynamics to make a final decision on suitability for the experience.
Fitness Level:
Moderate - 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:
Beginner/Intermediate - Comfortable control of your boat in moving water to follow guide directions in avoiding hazards. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Please see our calendar for all available dates.
Each participant, or their guardian, must sign a waiver to participate in an Adventure East experience. Following payment of your online booking, your reservation confirmation will include a link to e-sign the waiver. Due to insurance requirements, we are unable to accommodate guests who do not sign a waiver.

This is a gentle loop 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.

Additional information regarding this 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


Sunscreen + Hat

Waterproof Camera!


Other Notes:

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

**In all AE programs, we encourage you to use the gear most comfortable to you or appropriate to the activity. If you intend to bring your own equipment, please reach out at least 48-hours prior so we may make final plans for a safe and enjoyable day.