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West Thompson Lake - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Day Trip Report
Trip Dates: May 31, 2009
Nearest City: Woodstock, CT
Difficulty: Moderate

Description:

As we entered this lake/area it is breath taking and large body of water, thanks to Army Corp of Engineers. A very nice boat launch area, with porta potty and picnic tables. The water in the lake was a bit choppy, however if you stayed to the sides you were fine.

The scenic views were pretty, however going thru some of the inlets were breathtaking - the simple beauty of a turtle sun bathing on a log, the bird life - just the overall peace and quiet. There are hiking & biking trails, we saw some hikers and a few other kayaks.

For a Sunday it was not busy at all - the simple beauty of the river the meanders away from the lake make this a truly worth while trip. We were there for a minimum of 5 hours - it was well worth it. However a storm was brewing so coming back across the wide lake was somewhat difficult - small white caps and choppy.

Regardless of the water conditions - it is worth every minute of the day to visit here. Enjoy the simple beauty of the wildlife -- bring a lunch because this can turn into a long quiet venture.

Fees:

Did not have to pay to use boat launch

Directions:

Boat launch is easy to find, nice landscaped. There are picnic tables and porta potty at boat launch. This is a large park with hiking and biking trails. There is a camping area associated with the lake.

Resources:

"Quiet Water Mass., Connecticut, and Rhode Island"


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