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Eagleville Lake in Connecticut

Trip Overview

We knew we had a nice day ahead of us and were considering another spot 15 minutes from here when I said lets go here it'll probably be less crowded and though there wasn't much wind at the time I figured less windy as its not so wide open.

My friend is newer to kayaking and loves fishing out of his boat while I go in search of pictures to take of whatever. We were out here a good 3+ hours just putzing along and enjoying ourselves.

You start at a decent enough carry in launch by the dam, and paddle up the lake and it follows into the river that feeds it which is very worth paddling up also. Very quiet except for all the birds singing. We saw a couple of heron, tons of turtles and I saw 1 muskrat. My friend caught some fish none of which were keepers but he didn't care. Actually one may have been large enough but he released it anyway.

There is actually a little more current on the river which was nice on the way back, but for the most part was very calm. Not a deep pond by any means (possibly 12 feet) but mostly much shallower. We had a lot of fun and it was a great day. One person who lives on the lake was swimming but there aren't a lot of homes on the lake.

Accommodations:

Cartop launch with a concrete and stone ramp to walk down. No portolets but parking for maybe 10 cars.

Fees:

None

Directions:

From 84 take exit 68 to head towards Storrs (UCONN) then take a right on 32 (S) and a right on 275, Stonehouse Rd. Launch is on right after crossing over past falls. You could also use 44 R to 32 S.

Resources:

Connecticut map or Delorme Atlas and Gazetteer

  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Group Rates: No

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