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That’s right paddlers! The Paddle Killingly Summer Paddle Series kicks off Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at Old Killingly Pond! Come join us as we jump in for a great season of paddles. We’re teaming up this year with Five Mile Outfitters and the Last Green Valley to help us promote our paddles, and to help us locate new places to paddle here in northeast Connecticut!

Please see our calendar here:  Paddle Killingly Calendar

I hope you all can join us on one or preferably many of our paddles!

Yes that’s correct. Paddle Killingly now has a forum. <– Just click there to access the forums. You will need to sign up in order to post to the forums. It has come to our attention that we should have a way to add other events to our calendar. Well, I couldn't make the Paddle Killingly Schedule / Calendar open to the public, so a forum is the next best thing. We will monitor the Paddles section and add events to the paddle schedule as they are posted.

Last night we paddled upstream from Five Mile Outfitters awesome launch to the confluence with the Whetstone Brook. Despite there actually being more water this year than last spring when we paddled from Target to Downtown Danielson, we were not able to get that far upstream. There has been so many blow-downs, and infill of vegetation that it is impossible to get any farther unless there is much more water, or you’re willing to get out of your boat and walk. The blow-downs really made for some great twists and turns in the river. I have no idea how some of the larger boats made it through, but everyone did.

A HUGE thanks to Five Mile Outfitters for allowing us to utilize their launch, and for the free drinks! You guys really go above and beyond. Here’s hoping you’re business grows by leaps and bounds. It’s great knowing we have a source for paddling equipment right in Downtown Danielson.

Well after a rocky (and late!) start to the paddling season, Paddle Killingly is in full swing. We’ve made some changes this summer to try to make things easier for people. We’re paddling Wednesday evenings getting out on the water at about 5:30pm. We paddled Old Killingly Pond on July 7th, were rained out on the 14th and 21st, and paddled the Quinebaug from Brooklyn’s spectacular launch on the 28th. What a beautiful paddle! We paddled just over 3.5 miles from the launch upstream almost making it to Zadora Heights. Next week we will be paddling the Five Mile River in downtown Danielson. We’re looking into where to launch from. We can either use the town launch next to the foot bridge (very rough), or we can use the new launch at Five Mile Outfitters, Killingly’s new kayak/canoe store! Five Mile Outfitters is located at 99 Commerce Ave, Danielson, CT. I highly recommend taking a look at their selection if you’re in the market for a new boat. They have demo boats available so you can try before you buy. And, best of all, they have put in a great new launch site. Stay tuned for more! Be sure to check out PaddleKillingly for the paddle schedule and more! We’re also putting up a facebook page. Check back soon for a link!

It’s time to get back into shape for spring is right around the corner. Before you know it, we’ll be gearing up for the 2nd Annual Killingly Parks and Recreation River Fun Race Day. Time to dust off your canoe / kayak, break out the paddles and start practicing. We hope to have even larger crowds than last year. Tell your friends, tell your family, get out on the areas rivers, lakes, ponds, and streams. Here’s to a great paddling season!

Please join us this Saturday, September 12 9am – 12pm as we clean up the Five Mile River from the footbridge north. This event is sponsored by The Last Green Valley, and American Rivers Alliance.

We NEED rowboats and/or flat bottomed boats to join us for our clean-up!

After the clean-up we will have a pizza party. Please join us!

Please note that this weeks paddle on the Quinebaug has been moved due to higher than normal currents. We will be putting in at Simonzi Park in Putnam, and paddling downstream to Route 101 in Pomfret. We felt that paddling around from 101 might not be safe due to the dam at Rogers Corp. It’s a 10 foot drop that no one wants to experience. Here’s hoping the weather is as beautiful as it was for our last paddle on Thursday!

Due to Circus Day also happening on Thursday, Main Street (route 12) from Davis Park to Commerce Ave, will be closed from 5:30 to 6:15pm. Best bet to make it to the launch site is to take Union Street, and park on Water Street and walk to the launch site. It is a 300 – 500′ walk depending on where you parked.

Hope to see you Thursday!

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