Boston Kayaker

Kayaking on Mystic River - in Mystic CT

Rating: One-and-a-Half Stars - The Mystic River has the Mystic Seaport Museum and ships. There is the swinging bridge that actually was moving and operational (was disconnecting) when were paddling back. There were heavy headwinds when we got slightly past the Seaport museum with the I-985 bridges in site and we decided to turn around and paddle back. Launch is behind YMCA.

  Put in at Williams Beach on Harry
  Austin Drive in Mystic CT.
Paddle up the Mystic
  River and return.
Estimated distance
  = 4+ miles
Mystic Seaport
  Maritime Museum
  "Mystic" from Algonquin meaning
  "great tidal river".
YMCA Mystic River
  Kayak rentals

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Other resources:
Mystic Seaport and Maritime Museum
Mystic Aquarium
Mystic Sea Coast Kayaking article
Mystic Sea Coast Kayaking article (cached copy)
Mystic River Historical Society: A Kayaker's Guide to the Mystic River & Its History (cached copy)
CT Coastal Kayaking rentals
CT Coastal Kayaking: Mystic River Tour Map
CT Coastal Kayaking: Mystic River Tour Map (cached copy)
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

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In Mystic CT driving on our way to the put in. Took this of the entrance to Mystic Seaport Museum from the moving car.
Trip date is May 2014.

At Williams Beach on Harry Austin Drive in Mystic CT.

The Boston Kayaker at ready to launch into the Mystic River.

Just launched on Mystic River in Mystic CT.

We paddled a bit westward around the Mystic Harbor before going upstream into the river.

Took a break at this sandy spot on Mystic Harbor.

Back on the waters of Mystic Harbor.

Amtrak's Acela train.

Now paddling northwards into the Mystic River.

Entering Mystic River.

Passing under the Main Street bridge.

Mystic Seaport Museum.

The winds are really blowing into our faces at this point.

Mystic Seaport's tall ship.

We beached to take another break.

With the I-95 bridge within sight, we decided to paddle back south and return.

Passing again under the Main Street bridge on Mystic River.

Kayak rentals on Mystic River.

Notice the rail bridge spinning into disconnect position.

Heading to Williams Beach.

We were paddling on the Mystic River and Harbor for 2 hours and 12 minutes.