Eco-Tours 2017-10-20T11:38:45+00:00

Fall Foliage Paddle Tours

We are located in beautiful Old Lyme and directly on the National Great
 Island Estuary, on the Long Island
 Sound. We have direct access to
 some of the most pristine coastline 
in New England and Fall is one of the best times to experience it. Be sure to check out the beautiful colors of fall on the Black Hall River this season.The transition out of summer into fall is when our salt marsh comes alive with Nature getting ready for their migrations and shifts towards their autumn ways. We love it because the water is warm, the days are crisp, and the crowds of summer are all gone. It is the perfect time of the year to get out, see the natural beauty of Old Lyme and Great Island, and have it all to yourself.

Come down and do a DIY tour, with one of our rental fleet and we can point you towards all the area has to offer, or book a tour with one of our guides that can point out some of the features of the salt marsh and the land trusts that we paddle through.

Fall Eco-Tours

Join Kayak instructor and local historian and Audobon authority, Sharon Baldi, for an up close and personal kayaking journey through the Great Island preserve, as Fall approaches and our salt marsh transitions into it’s Autumn activities. The leaves begin to change, the wild life is actively preparing for the changes to come, and the water is warm, and their is a new crispness in the air.

This is the Best time of the year to experience all we have to offer and see, as all the crowds of summer are gone and a sense of piece and quiet falls over the eco-system. Grab a light sweatshirt or sweater, and Fall into Paddling here in Pristine Old Lyme, and experience our Natural beauty up close and personal.

Estuary intro: After a brief kayak lesson, you will be guided to Great Island where we will give you an introduction to the array of wildlife species in the area including Osprey, Menhaden, and the flora and fauna. Continuing around Great Island you will surely be able to see many of the different species and Sharon will answer any questions while pointing out wildlife and historical landscape points of interest.- 2.5 hours- $75pp

Historic tour: On this extended trip, Sharon will go over essentials of kayaking before taking off towards Great Island. You will be led through different inlets along the way and meander along the flowing rivers stopping off to view old rock engravings dating back to the 1600’s and talk more in depth about the local history. As always, the estuarie’s wildlife will be the central topic throughout the tour- 4 hours- $120pp

Estuary explorer: For the more experienced paddler, you will be guided up the Black Hall River to cut through to the Back River which will lead you down Lieutenant River, eventually into the CT River This trip is tidal dependent but will offer you amazing views of osprey, marsh hawks, bald eagles, as well as many other bird species that live in the Phragmites. Considered to be one of the Northeast’s most pristine paddles- 4 hours- $120pp[/div]


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