Boston Kayaker

Kayaking on Lieutenant River - in Olde Lyme CT

Rating: Two Stars - Lieutenant River is a tidal marsh lined mostly with marsh grass. Folllowed it upriver to its swampy origins and turned around. Wnite herons and ospreys. I launched over 2 hours before high tide and the Lieutenant River was flowing upsrtream my whole kayak trip. Paddle time was 1 hour and 45 minutes.

  Put in at Shore Road / Route 156
  in Olde Lyme CT.
Paddle upriver
  and return.
Estimated round trip
  distance = 5+ miles
Best to start 1 hour+
  before high tide.
Florence Griswold
Great Island
  Wildlife Area

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

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Kayaking on Lieutenant River - in Olde Lyme CT

Other resources:
US Harbors: Tide Chart at Saybrook Point, CT
CT Govt DEP: Lieutenant River State Boat Launch
CT Govt: Lieutenant River Boat Launch in Old Lyme CT
Florence Griswold Museum
The Griswold House: Outside the Boardinghouse

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At the Route 156 bridge over the Lieutenant River in Old Lyme CT.
Trip date is August 2016.

The launch area to Lieutenant River next to the Route 156 bridge.

A couple of kayakers landing.

The Boston Kayaker just launched on Lieutenant River from Neck Road in Old Lyme CT.

I immediately turned left upriver under the Route 156 bridge.

Approaching the I-95 bridge.

Just got past under the I-95 bridge and now approaching the Route 1 bridge.

On my right is a river-front restaurant.

A cove on my left.

The Florence Griswold Museum on my right.

A white heron on Lieutenant River.

Another kayaker on Lieutenant River.

I did not consult the map and end following this cove on the right.

Just realized this is a dead end cove.

Turned left to follow the Lieutenant River's main stem.

Looking to my left downstream.

A family of swans on Lieutenant River.

This river keeps turning left and right.

I finally got to this area where I can not follow the river anymore . . .
I am here a swampy area and no clear headwaters.
This is my point of return.

Just turned around and now paddling back to where I came from.

An osprey flying out of his/her nest on the banks of the Lieutenant River.

White herons.

Now I can see the Route 1 bridge.

Florence Griswold Museum on my left.

The museum has this tent set up.

The same river-front restaurant on my left on Route 1.

Under the Route 1 bridge. I-95 bridge in front.

A coromorant on Lieutenant River.

I can now see the Route 156 bridge take out.

Passing under the Route 156 bridge.

Landed. Paddle time is 1 hour and 45 minutes.