Boston Kayaker

Kayaking on Patchogue River - in Westbrook CT

Rating: One-and-a-Half Stars - We launched from the privately owned Pier 76 for a small fee. We paddle about 2 hours before high tide and cross under the bridges inland with the flow. Very hard to time the paddle to the tides and we paddle back when the tide is still rising but the incoming current under the bridges are weaker. The scene here is the esturary and marsh. Paddle time was 1 hour 40 minutes.

  Put in at Pier 76 Old Boston
  Post Road in Westbrook CT.
Paddle up into Patchogue
  River and return.
Estimated round trip
  distance = 4.5+ miles
Private access.
  Fee applies.
  Best to start trip 1 hour+
  before high tide.
Salt Meadow National
  Wildlife Refuge (NWR)
Duck Island
  Yatch Club
Johnson Pond

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

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Kayaking on Patchogue River - in Westbrook CT

Other resources:
US Harbors: Clinton CT Harbor Tides Chart
US Fish & Wildlife: McKinney National Wildlife Refuge (aka "Salt Meadow National Wildlife Refuge")

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At Old Boston Post Road in Westbrook CT.
Pier 76 is behind Bill's Sea Foods restaurant.
Trip date is July 2019.

Pier 76 private launch area.

The Boston Kayaker's wife just launched.

The Boston Kayaker launching on Patchogue River.

To the right of the launch is the Route 1 bridge downriver.

From the launch, we paddled to the left upstream on Patchogue River.

Following the zigzag path of the river, we are almost facing southwards to the Route 1 bridge.

Approaching the Wesley Avenue bridge.

Old Clinton Road bridge ahead.

This is an old rail bridge not shown in the map.
Checked later using map sattelite images to find out it was an old rail line.

Approaching the I-93 bridge.

Sign says "Exit 65".

Passing under the I-93 bridge over the Patchogue River.

This is from my camera looking behind . . .

Taking a break on a sandy spot.

We are now approaching McVeagh Road.

Just for fun, I pretend trying to get into the culvert.

This is our point of return. Now turning back.

Just turned around and now paddling downstream.

I-93 bridge.

Old rail bridge.

Old Clinton Road bridge. IMG_0932.JPG 20190719135724

Wesley Avenue bridge.

The resident ducks of the Patchogue River.

We can see the electric lines on Route 1.

Landed. Paddle time is 1 hour 40 minutes.