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Connyak Paddle Descriptions The following descriptions are for the “usual routes” often taken on Connyak Paddles. Wind, weather and tides are important considerations in choosing a route and many alternate routes are available from these locations. It is suggested that the reader follow along with the narrative on a chart. All distances listed are approximate for the round trip and do not consider any “wandering” that would add to the distance.

East River to Joshua Cove / Thimbles

  • Launch from East River boat launch in Madison, or Guilford Town Launch
  • The East River Boat Launch floods during very high tides. The Guilford Town Launch charges a modest fee. Both are within sight of each other, leading to Guilford Harbor
  • From either launch, head Southwest, passing Jacob’s Beach on your right, then passing Mulberry Point
  • Continue along the shore in a Southwesterly direction
  • Pass the Sachem’s Head yacht club, then turn right (Northeast) to enter Joshua Cove
  • Proceed to the beach just to the right of the broken stone dam for a lunch spot
  • Alternately, upon rounding Sachem Head, proceed West toward the Thimble Islands
  • Approximately 11 miles, longer if you continue to the Thimbles

Overview of Typical Paddle Route Click on the link for an Interactive Map