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  Posted by: daggermat on Jul-14-12 7:50 AM (EST)
 

-- Last Updated: Jul-14-12 8:29 AM EST --

google maps Whites Wood rd, Litchfield Ct. Main put in at intersection with Whitehall rd., which is a fire road and is closed.
http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/583057831UsqLkp
Part of the White Memorial, which is simply an awesome place with 30 plus miles of trails, a nature center, museum, etc...Paddle, then explore this gem.
http://www.whitememorialcc.org/
Say hello to the re-habbing owls and hawks; they're really cute.

Lake Winchester
http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?A=2686&Q=384360
Haven't been there in 12 years, I remember a lot of tree stumps in the lake. It was pretty fun in my flatwater days. Couple cottages iirc, otherwise empty.

Burr Pond. I've hiked this area, think I paddled it once. It's quiet.
http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?A=2686&Q=383788

West Hill Pond. I went to a hunting/conservation camp here as a youth. Water was so clear.
http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?A=2686&Q=384352

Lake McDonaugh, aka Barhamstead Compensating reservoir.
http://www.themdc.com/lake_mcDonough.shtml
Beaches generally crowded on weekends, but it's a long lake, and serenity is possible. Clean, rocky/sandy bottom. Heavily patrolled, no swimming except in designated area....I used to snorkel all over this place as a kid.

That CCK is quite a place. I know John, Trish and Melissa; Trish really well; we paddled together a lot, and I have been clearing her property off and on.


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