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Corn fields in Mansfield CT.
Trip date is August 2017
Entering Mansfield Hollow State Park.
At Mansfield Hollow Lake at Bassett Bridge Road in Mansfield CT.
The state ramp on Mansfield Hollow Lake.
The Boston Kayaker just launched on Mansfield Hollow Lake.
Looking to my right, the Bassets Bridge to the south basin.
Veered left. Will paddle the north basin and follow the shore on left.
Paddling northeast wards. Will look for the Fenton River.
Young guys on a boat on Mansfield Hollow Lake.
A blue heron on the banks of Mansfield Hollow Lake.
That 'cove' ahead behind the dead tree looks like the mouth of the Fenton River.
At the mouth of the Fenton River on the northwest corner of the Mansfield Hollow Lake north basin.
Approaching the Route 89 tunnels on Fenton River
Paddling inside the Route 89 tunnel on Fenton River.
Continuing upstream on Fenton River.
Fenton River bending to the right.
I can hear and see the rushing water ahead.
This is the farthest point I can paddle on Fenton River.
Just turned around and now paddling with the flow on Fenton River.
Passing back to the main lake body thru the Route 89 tunnel.
At the mouth of the Fenton River.
Now on the lake, will paddle eastwards to the northeast corner and look for Mount Hope River.
Looking to the right.
Mansfield Hollow Lake north basin as seen from the north end.
Continuing westwards along the north end . . .
I found the Mount Hope River at the north east corner.
Paddling upstream on Mount Hope River.
Mount Hope River immediately narrows and now looks like a regular river.
A bend to the left and I can see I can not paddle very far up.
Very shallow here. Less than knee-deep.
My kayak is on rocks and can not paddle up no more.
Just turned around. Going downstream now on Mount Hope River.
Beyond the shaded banks on right is the Mansfield Hollow Lake main body.
On the mouth of Mount Hope River and entering Mansfield Hollow Lake.
A couple of kayakers on Mansfield Hollow Lake.
Will paddle straight to the ramp where I launched from.
Kayakers. Bassets Bridge Road and the tunnel to the south basin.
Approaching the ramp area.
Landed. Paddle time is 1 hour and 20 minutes.