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.
- 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!
- *Your feet WILL get wet and splashes happen.
Meeting Point: Sunderland Public Library Parking Lot