GREAT ISLAND kayaking, Old Lyme, CT.

GREAT ISLAND area kayaking, Old Lyme, Ct.  Paddled thru break in Griswold Point & into LONG ISLAND SOUND (waves up to 1.5'), turned E for a bit then returned to lunch on the beach point with views across the sound & mouth of the Connecticut River at high tide.  Up the BLACKHALL RIVER (light home development) for over 2 miles, returned with outgoing tide.  Cut across Great Island's saltwater marsh to CONNECTICUT RIVER (some waves from motorboats), Lieutenant River & back on protected E side of island.  Cormorants, ospreys, snowy & great egrets, gbh, mute swans, marsh hawk.  Very interesting area.  

GREAT ISLAND, Old Lyme, CT from boat launch at end of Smith Neck Rd.    Started ~3 hours before low tide.  Great Island undeveloped, mainland lightly developed.  After exploring the shallow bay behind  Griswold Point we went around the point & into Long Island Sound, played in moderate 1'+ waves.  S wind was picking up so back (small standing waves created by wind opposing the current were interesting) & up a creek into the heart of Great Island.  Back out & N up Judges Creek to Watch Rock, landing a bit rough but nice spot for a break.  Poked into Duck River before heading back S.  Just had to go back & look at Griswold Point at low tide - Sound now white-capped.  Up the Black Hall River before calling it a day.  Mute swans, lots of osprey, great & snowy egrets, gulls, terns, sandpipers, plovers, willet, crabs.  My favorite place to paddle in CT - great variety, wildlife.  4 hours. 


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