Quonnie is fabulous experience if you love coastal paddling without having to deal with ocean waves. The majority of the pond is no more than 6-8 feet deep with large expanses that are knee deep. Because of the breachway, it has a tide that exposes stony outcrops. It's perfect for beginner paddlers or kids.
Wildlife abounds in Quonnie. Large flocks of snowy egrets and mergansers are vigilantly hunting for rich populations of bait fish that thrive in the pond. You'll see great blue herons, and gulls, of course. Piping plovers (which are endangered) can be found along the numerous tidal beaches.
There are a lot of fish in Quonnie! Because of the large populations of bait fish - silver sides, mummies, and others; numerous predatory fish will be drawn in from the ocean like snapper (baby blue fish), blues, stripe bass and fluke. I had a ton of fun just paddling around with my fly rod with a streamer attached. The snapper would regularly attack it.
A favorite trip is was to kayak from one side to the shore of the pond that it shares with the beach, . After beaching the kayak on one of the many beaches, there are paths that people have made over time that allows you to walk a 200-300 yards to pristine beaches. Careful though, there are no life guards on large expanses or only in the private association beach areas. The ocean here can be rough but they are nearly empty!
The tidal marshes were just beautiful!