We are located in beautiful Old Lyme and directly on the National Great Island Estuary, on the Long Island Sound. We have direct access to some of the most pristine coastline in New England, and offer guided Eco- Tours to introduce all to our natural wonder. Sharon Baldi will take you out on a nature inspired paddling trip. Sharon is a certified NOLS kayak instructor, a naturalist who has led trips up Mt. Washington, and has a wide array of knowledge about the history, ecology, and biology of our area. As a member of the Audubon Society as well, Sharon will surely be able to answer many of your questions pertaining to wildlife and give you a great, educational experience.
We offer several different eco-paddle tours and are all guided by our CT seasoned local professional instructor. Sharon’s passion for both the wildlife and the historical significance of the Ct River estuary system will energize your inner explorer and be the highlight of your summer. Groups are up to 10 paddlers, and private groups sessions are available by reservation and can be customized per your needs and request. All tours include kayak rental, PDF and paddle.
Estuary intro: After a brief kayak lesson, you will be guided to Great Island where we will give you an introduction to the array of wildlife species in the area including Osprey, Menhaden, and the flora and fauna. Continuing around Great Island you will surely be able to see many of the different species and Sharon will answer any questions while pointing out wildlife and historical landscape points of interest.- 2.5 hours- $75pp
Historic tour: On this extended trip, Sharon will go over essentials of kayaking before taking off towards Great Island. You will be led through different inlets along the way and meander along the flowing rivers stopping off to view old rock engravings dating back to the 1600’s and talk more in depth about the local history. As always, the estuarie’s wildlife will be the central topic throughout the tour- 4 hours- $120pp
Estuary explorer: For the more experienced paddler, you will be guided up the Black Hall River to cut through to the Back River which will lead you down Lieutenant River, eventually into the CT River This trip is tidal dependent but will offer you amazing views of osprey, marsh hawks, bald eagles, as well as many other bird species that live in the Phragmites. Considered to be one of the Northeast’s most pristine paddles- 4 hours- $120pp