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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.

Goodspeed Landing & Around Seldon Island - CT River

  • Launch from the small parking area just South of the Goodspeed Opera House parking lot
  • Proceed South (downriver) about one mile to the East side of the islands, watch along the Eastern shore for a small opening, leading to Chapman Pond
  • At mid or high tide, enter here and explore Chapman Pond, a large preserve
  • Proceed South through Chapman Pond, the channel will narrow to a large, passable brook and wind back to the CT River
  • At low tide, Chapman Pond may prove too shallow and continuing straight down the River is advised
  • Proceed South along the River, watching for Gilette’s Castle on your left
  • Pass the Hadlyme ferry landing and the entrance to Whalebone Creek
  • Proceed about 1 mile further South to the North end of Seldon Neck State Park
  • Turn left (East) into the entrance to Seldon Cove
  • Follow the channel to the bottom of Seldon Island and curl around to the West/Northwest to start the return trip around the outside of the island
  • Lunch spots are available at the North end of the island in all tide conditions. Lunch spots may be available at the South end, at low or mid tide.
  • Approximately 12.5 miles
    Note: As you approach the northern part of Selden Island the channel is very close to the entrance of the Cove. During summer months the boat traffic can be heavy and the water will be choppy with wakes from the boats and reflecting waves from the shore.
    For a shorter trip Launch from the park at the Ferry Landing (Rte 148, Hadlyme)

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