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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.

Mattabasset River

  • Depart from Harbor Park in Middletown proceed up the Connecticut River for about one mile.
  • On your left pass under the highway bridge to enter the Mattabasset River.
  • Follow the river upstream to the takeout at the rear of Dunkin Donuts for lunch / break.
  • You will be paddling in a large open area of mixed swamp and woods.
  • During the spring flood, the river is sometimes hard to follow, go with experienced people.
  • Easy return trip down river.
  • Approximately 9 miles.

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