Boston Kayaker

Kayaking on Poquonnock River - at Bluff Point State Park in Groton CT


Rating: Two-and-a-Half Stars - My wife and I enjoyed this paddle. There was the long greeny stretch of Bluff Point State Park that included landable sandy beaches. It was the first weekend of July and plenty of people enjoying the outdoors. We tried checking the corners in harbor area but can not find the railroad tunnel! :( Paddle time was 2 hours 19 minutes.

  Put in at boat ramp on Depot
  Road in Groton CT.
Paddle south to the beaches
  and marinas then return.
Estimated round-trip
  distance = 5+ miles
Public beaches and
  sand dunes
  Bushy Point Island - open
  for public access
Can paddle to Historic Railroad
  Tunnel "Temple of Doom".
Bluff Point State Park
  - recreation area
Marinas

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At Bluff Point State Park on Depot Road in Groton CT.
Trip date is July 2018.
Today's kayak buddy is the Boston Kayaker's wife.


The Boston Kayaker just launched on Poquonnock River.
It is about 2 hours before high tide.





Skies are a bit cloudy which is good because temperatures would have been 90sF.


Paddling south . . .


On our right is the Groton-New London Airport.


On left is the Bluff Point State Park jutting out to the sea rightwards.


Jetskiers on Poquonnock River.








It turns out there is a parking lot for this State Park and a better launch . . .

















Getting south out of the launch cove.

















Sign says "State Property. No Trespassing"











We are going around the airport land on right.








The Boston Kayaker checking our paper-map.








Small planes have been coming and going to and from this airport.











Stand-up paddlers on Poquonnock River.























Continuing eastwards. The barrier beach directly ahead of us.





That gray building towards the left is the University of Connecticut Marine Sciences.






































At right is Bushy Point Island.


Will take a break at Bushy Point Island.








Landed at Bushy Point Island.








Walking a bit on the island, looking south at the Atlantic Ocean.





Launching back to the water.


Continuing westwards to the marinas.









































We just turned around.


Now paddling eastwards to return.




















Lights to guide planes coming in.


























Beach party.


Now back at the green shore of Bluff Point State Park on right.





























A swimmer on the water.





Entering the launch cove.





The State Park parking lot.


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New York-bound AmTrak train.





Landed. Paddle time is 2 hours 19 minutes.