Paddling Season Is Here!

The Jonah Center is looking for paddlers to help save the Floating Meadows (Mattabessset River) in Middletown from invasive water chestnut. This is a fun, satisfying activity — combining paddling, teamwork, enjoying beautiful scenery and wildlife. We are looking for 20-30 volunteer paddlers on each of the 4 Saturday mornings, 9-11 a.m. We launch from and return to the canoe and kayak launch near the Middletown transfer station. (Navigate to 185 Johnson Street.) It’s an activity everyone seems to enjoy!

Once again, we are partnering with the Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC) who handles registration, disposes of the plants through composting, and provides other assistance and leadership. CRC summer employees go out each Saturday morning, not just the bi-weekly ones listed here. You are most welcome to join them any Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

Please indicate your plan to attend one or more of these paddles by clicking on one of the dates below and registering on the left side of the page.  You can register for multiple dates through any one of the dates.

Paddlers generally provide their own kayak or canoe, and wear a life jacket.  CRC may have kayaks to loan.  If so, that information will be available upon registration, or ask John Hall by using the “Contact” tab above if you wish to borrow a boat. Paddlers should also wear a hat, use sunscreen, and have water with you. It is highly recommended that paddlers also subscribe to the Jonah Center newsletter so that we can reach you in case of a weather-related change of plans. (If a paddle is cancelled, it is often held the next day, Sunday, 9-11 a.m.  if weather permits.)