Experience Spectacular Natural Beauty
Discover and explore with us at one of our amazing paddling destinations. We are located in beautiful Old Lyme, 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 offer guided Eco- Tours to introduce all to our Natural wonder. Sharon Baldi will take you out on a nature inspired paddling trip. She is a certified NOLS kayak instructor, a naturalist who has led trips up Mt. Washington, and has a wide array of knowledge about the history, ecology, and biology of our area. As a member of the Audubon Society, Sharon will surely be able to answer many of your questions pertaining to wildlife and give you a great, educational experience.
Our New Location in Westbrook CT, is located directly on the Stewart McKinney wildlife preserve. Part of a 950-acre salt-marsh sanctuary. The area is used by over 280 species of migrating neotropical birds during the seasonal migrations. Thus, the area has been deemed a “National Preserve” by the Audubon Society. It is one of New England’s top paddling spots and a pure, unspoiled beauty.
Come See Why Yankee Magazine voted us “Best Natural Experience” in New England. Click here to read most recent Yankee magazine article about BHO. We offer several different eco-paddle tours, and are all guided by one of our seasoned local professional instructors. Their passion for both the wildlife and the historical significance of the CT River estuary system will energize your inner explorer and be the highlight of your summer.
Groups of up to 10 paddlers, and private groups sessions are available by reservation and can be customized per your needs and request. All tours include kayak rental, PDF, and paddle.
If you have not experienced the Swallow murmuration and are in the area, you MUST! The Tree Swallow makes its annual migration this time of year and chooses a small island near the mouth of the Connecticut River to collect before their long journey south. Every evening, thousands of swallows emerge out of the salt marsh and put on a dazzling aerial flight show, swirling, and spiraling in an aerial ballet that will take your breath away. Their formations look like flying fireworks and their precision is breathtaking.
This phenomenon happens through September and into October, and is considered one of nature’s “greatest shows on Earth.” People come from all over New England to experience this amazing show. To see it at water level in a kayak or on a paddle board is truly an evening you won’t forget, so book your outing NOW, before our swallow aerial experience goes south!
These paddle tours have limited access so book soon and early!
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Fall Foliage Eco-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.
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 its’ Autumn activities. The leaves begin to change, the wild life is actively preparing for the changes to come, the water is warm, and there 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, Fall into Paddling here in pristine Old Lyme, and experience our Natural beauty up close and personal.
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