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Winchester Lake - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Day Trip Report
Trip Dates: June 2005
Nearest City: Winchester, CT, USA
Difficulty: Easy
Submitted by: ddeamine

Description:

Maybe this is a different Winchester Lake than already reviewed here and in other places on the web, or maybe it's just been years since it was reviewed. I've seen this described as 250 acres, man-made lake, and un-developed. Now the un-developed part is completely wrong. It's nearly wall to wall house. Nice houses but still :) Also, there was a significant amount of power boat traffic. So, enough moaning, all in all this was not an un-pleasant canoe trip. There's a free parking lot with plenty of space. The sides of the lake are mostly lined with trees, which in the 90 degree weather provided plenty of shade for us to paddle in. People along the water were mostly friendly, we took frequent breaks under various trees along our path to drink water and snack. We stood in the shallow water next to our boat and people were friendly and chatty. At the far end of the lake is a cove and a state park, so we joined a bunch of other boaters in the shade for a relaxing lunch.

Accommodations:

Portapotties in season, Parking

Fees:

None

Directions:

From Mapquest

Take the CT-202 exit- EXIT 44- toward CT-4 EAST / DOWNTOWN TORRINGTON.
Stay STRAIGHT to go onto CHRISTOPHER RD.
Turn LEFT onto E ELM ST / CT-4.
Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto MAIN ST.
Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto NEWFIELD RD.
Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto SOUTH RD.

I had to figure this part out myself:
Slight right onto route 263
Turn left onto West road.

Be careful and bring a map. I got turned around in two places getting there.

Resources:

Hangstrom map of the area
http://dep.state.ct.us/cgnhs/lakes/winchest/lake.htm


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