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Kayaking on Hopeville Pond and Pachaug River - in Griswold CT

Rating: Two Stars - This is a good-length under two-hour paddle. The pond has bends and one can only see small stretch of Pachaug River at a time. The river was imperceptible and one can easily paddle either direction. The state park has benches, restrooms, barbecue pits, beaches. During the season, park entrance fee applies.

  Put in boat ramp at Hopeville Pond
  State Park in Griswold CT.
Paddle to north and south
  ends of the pond.
Estimated round trip
  distance = 4.5 miles
Hopeville Pond
  State Park
  Pond is site of "Great Pachaug
  Canoe And Kayak Race".
Beach and
  recreation areas
  Pond Dam

Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to determine the legality, suitability and safety of this route for yourself.

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At Hopeville Pond State Park in Griswold CT.
Trip date is May 2014.

Next to the parking lot is a small cove to put in kayaks.

Just launched on Hopeville Pond. It is early in the morning before 8am.

After coming out of the launch cove, I turned left (south) and the empty state park beach comes into view.

Hopeville Pond bending to the right . . .

Now bending to the left.

The other beach at this state park.

The Bitgood Road bridge coming up.

The friendly bridge engineer told me the bridge will be closed for more than a year.

Under the Bitgood Road bridge.

Continuing south past Bitgood Road bridge.

River bending to the right again.

I have reached the southern end of Hopeville Pond.

Just turn around and now paddling back.

Passing under the Bitgood Road bridge again this time northwards.

I can now see one of the state park beaches.

The two beaches of the state park visible in this photo. The southerly beach on the right and the northerly beach in the background.

Looking to my left is the Edmund Road bridge.

Decided to paddle closer a little bit to the Edmund Road bridge.

I am thinking/deciding whether I will paddle some more and go past this bridge . . .

Tired already. Decided to turn around and head back to the launch cove.

Turning to my left is the take out cove.

My picture timestamps tell me I was on the water paddling for 1 hour and 35 minutes.