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Kayaking on Ross Marsh Pond - in Sterling CT

Rating: One Star - This is a very isolated and pristine marsh totally undeveloped. Being the first weekend of May, the leaves are just sprouting and the scenery shows that. Saw ducks, plenty of turtles. With the aquatic vegetation showing up sparsely at this time of the year, I will guess by July the surface will be all covered by vegetation. So May and June will be the best months to paddle this route.

  Put in at Sawmill Hill Road
  in Sterling CT.
Paddle to north end of Ross
  Marsh Pond and return.
Estimated round trip
  distance = 2+ miles
Ross Marsh
  Pond Dam
Ross Marsh
  Wildlife Area
Pond filled with aquatic
  plants from July onwards.

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

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At Sawmill Hill Road in Sterling CT. Trip date is May 2013.
Those are the railings of the small bridge over the marsh outlet.

The entrance to the Ross Marsh Pond launch is unmarked and easy to miss.

Ross Marsh Pond dam.

Water is tumbling out of the outlet dam.

Kayak unloaded just next to the dam.

Just launched on Ross Marsh Pond. It is the first weekend of May 2013, the leaves are just sprouting.

Sparse aquatic vegetation on Ross Marsh Pond this time of the year.

Paddling north, the only way from the southern tip.

This is rightly called a marsh where there are no clear coast lines.

A cluster of turtles.

I think I shall never see, as many turtles on the same lee!

I am guessing that structure there is for duck hunters to wait for their prey.


Continuing northwards . . .

I can see now the north end of the pond.

I have reached the northern end Ross Marsh Pond.

I am starting to turn around.

Looking south at Ross Marsh Pond from the north end.

This scenery should be a lot greener in another 2 or 3 weeks.

The launch (and take out) now in sight.

Landed. I was on the water for 1 hour and some minutes.