Gillette Castle2014 Annual River Celebration

Launching the Expanded Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail

 Saturday, June 21, 2014

Gillette Castle State Park, 67 River Road, East Haddam, CT

This event & admission to the park is free. RSVP here

Join us to celebrate the expansion of the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail from New Hampshire and Vermont through Massachusetts and Connecticut. Learn about plans for the new sites and how you can get involved. The Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail is managed by a collaborative of organizations working together on trail planning and development, building and stewarding primitive campsites, improving access points and portage trails, and disseminating information to visitors.

Trail Expansion Celebration

Featured Speaker: Steve Grant

Pulitzer-prize nominated journalist Steve Grant delighted readers of The Hartford Courant with his widely-acclaimed 17-part series detailing his 5-week paddle down the 410-mile-long Connecticut River. Known to many in the region for his 29-year career at The Hartford Courant, Steve has written extensively on nature and outdoor recreation.

BBQ lunch (provided)

Bud Foster Award

Special Guest: Jim Dina

Jim Dina stepped back in time to travel up the full length of the Connecticut River. Jim began his upstream adventure by carving a birchbark canoe using Native American tools and technology. Jim’s book, Voyage of the Ant, shares the story of this spirit-filled trip. Weather permitting, Jim plans to bring his boat, The Ant, and some of the tools he used to craft it.

Summer Solstice Paddle

Join us for a Summer Solstice paddle on the Connecticut River. Bring your own boat and meet at the Hadlyme Ferry Boat Launch, 154 Ferry Road, at 1:30pm. This leisurely paddle to the nearby Selden Island is expected to take approximately 1-2 hours. Boat rentals are available from Black Hall Outfitters in Old Lymeor Oyster River Kayak Adventures in Old Saybrook.



Click here to RSVP online or call 413-772-2020, ext. 204

Directions: Take 1-91 exit 22S or I-95 exit 69 to Route 9. From Route 9, take exit 7. Follow Route 82E. After crossing the bridge, follow the detour (Route 149 to Route 151) and state park signs to the park. For the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry, take Route 9 to exit 6. Follow Route 148 and state park signs to the ferry launch.



Many thanks to our Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail partners. You can visit their tables at this event to learn more about their work.







Each year the Council hosts an annual celebration where CRWC members and friends connect with each other, hear inspiring speakers and celebrate the river’s role in our lives. Typically, these events include opportunities to spend time on the water or explore the local region.

The annual celebration is usually held in mid-June and visits a different area of the watershed each year. During a brief business meeting, CRWC members vote on a slate of trustees for the coming year and any other relevant business.