Sunderland Islands Paddle


*This trip is normally $55, but, for the entire month of September we are offering it at a special introductory rate of just $35 - come out and meet our Adventure East team and let us show you some of the beautiful paddling that Sunderland has to offer!


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

Unwind after work with an easy, evening paddle.

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.

*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
**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, reach out at least 48-hours prior so we may make final plans for a safe and enjoyable day.


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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