“Source to Sea” Paddle to Celebrate Connecticut River

The Connecticut River and Mount Sugarloaf, MA

In honor of its 65th anniversary, the Connecticut River Conservancy (formerly Connecticut River Watershed Council) is traveling the length of the Connecticut River this month to celebrate the many successes that have significantly improved the health of New England’s great river. “Just as importantly, this journey will lay out the work still to be done to meet the legal requirements and public expectations to make our rivers truly clean and full of life,” reads a CRC press release.

The Source to Sea Jump-In Journey begins at the source of the Connecticut River near the Canadian border on July 15 and ends at the Long Island Sound on July 30.

The public is invited to join the Source to Sea Jump-In Journey at events celebrating the many ways people use, enjoy, and take sustenance from their rivers. These events include opportunities to directly engage with important issues, as well as have fun and celebrate. Opportunities include boating events as well as joining Splash Mobs, ‘flash mob’-style events where groups of river fans will jump in the river to publicly show support for their rivers. Learn more or follow the Journey online.

Source to Sea Events Schedule 

Sunday, July 16

What: Hike to the source of the Connecticut River, 4th Connecticut Lake to launch the journey

Where: Pittsburg, NH

Monday, July 17 to Wednesday, July 19

What: Paddle the upper reaches

Where: Canaan, VT to Guildhall, NH

Thursday, July 20

What: Pontoon Boat trip & Splash Mob

Where: Hanover, NH

 **Friday, July 21
What: River Parade & Community Paddle, Splash Mob
Where: Lyme, NH / Thetford, VT

Details: Launch from Orford, NH boat ramp, Paddle 1:30-3:30pm, Celebration at 599 River Road Lyme, NH 3:30-4:30pm

Of Note: NH US Representative Annie Kuster & VT US Representative Peter Welch invited. Lyme Town Band will perform on boats on river joined by flotilla of paddling friends.

**Saturday, July 22

What: Reception & Community Conversation

Where: Windsor Welcome Center, 3 Railroad Ave., Windsor, VT

Details: 4-6pm, CRC’s Andy Fisk and other regional leaders and citizens will discuss their vision for improving recreation and local economic development. Light refreshments. Hosted by: Former State Rep. Donna Sweaney and Dr. William Ballantyne.

Of Note: VT US Representative Peter Welch invited. Walking tours of Windsor river recreation projects.


What: Float with the Kennetticut River Pigs & Splash Mob
Where: Cornish to Claremont, NH

Details: Paddle Launch at11am, near the Cornish-Windsor covered bridge.

**Sunday, July 23

What: Riverboat Cruise with Tribal Leaders
Where: Northfield Mtn Recreation Facility, 99 Millers Falls Rd, Northfield, MA

Details: 12:45 – 3pm, Cruise departs from Riverview picnic area dock.

Of Note: David Brule from Nolumbeka Project (MA), Roger Longtoe Sheehan Chief of Elnu Abenaki tribe (VT), and Rich Holschuh of VT Commission for Native American Affairs will speak about the Native American history of the river and their vision for its future.

What: Scuba Diving & Splash Mob

Where: Brattleboro, VT

Monday, July 24
What: Honor David Deen’s Retirement with CRC
Where: Whetstone Station, Brattleboro, VT

Details: 4-7pm, Recognize David Deen’s retirement after 19 years as River Steward with CRC and welcome new River Steward, Kathy Urffer.

Tuesday, July 25

What: Waterskiing at the Oxbow & Splash Mob

Where: Easthampton, MA

**Wednesday, July 26
What: Watch a Dragon Boat Race & Splash Mob
Where: Northampton Community Rowing & Connecticut River Greenway Park, 80 Damon Road, Northampton, MA

Details: Approx 5:30 – 7pm, Watch a dragon boat challenge race with the Paradise City Dragon boat team and several of our local officials and community members. Learn relationship to Cancer Connection.

**Thursday, July 27
What: Rowing Flotilla & Splash Mob
Where: Holyoke to Springfield, MA

Details: Time TBD, Rowing activities start at Holyoke Rows, 25 Jones Ferry Rd in Holyoke, and finish at Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club at the North Riverfront Park, 121 West Street, Springfield, MA. 

**Friday, July 28

What: E. Windsor American Heritage River Commission Paddle & Picnic

Where: East Windsor, CT

Details: Approx. 2 – 6pm, Launch at Kings Island boat ramp in Enfield, CT. End paddle & picnic at Volunteer Park in E. Windsor, CT.

Of Note: Paddle with an active group of local citizens who have worked to maintain the legacy of the American Heritage River designation of the CT River

What: Air-boating with Conte Refuge

Where: Enfield & Hartford, CT

Saturday, July 29
What: 43rd Connecticut River Raft Race & Splash Mob
Where: Portland, CT

Details: 10am – 2pm, 43rd Annual Connecticut River Raft Race, Race begins at Gildersleeve Island and ends at the Portland Riverside Marina

Of Note: Large community event with very creative rafts being raced.


What: Bass Fishing

Where: Salmon River boat launch E. Haddam, CT (Rt 149, E Haddam Moodus Road)

Details:  4:00 – 8:00 pm

**Sunday, July 30

What: Onrust Cruise with CT River Museum

Where: Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT

Details: 4 – 8pm, Join Connecticut River Museum and Connecticut River Conservancy to celebrate the completion of the Source to Sea Jump In Journey, food & drinks provided.

Of Note: Sunset sail to the Sound on the historic Onrust, a replica of Dutch explorer Adriaen Block’s 1614 vessel, the first European ship to sail up the Connecticut River

What: Kayak the Salmon River & Pizza Party, Splash Mob

Where: Haddam, CT

Details: Paddle 10am – 12pm, Pizza Party 12 – 2pm