Old Lyme

Old Lyme, Connecticut 6371

Old Lyme

Old Lyme Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Enjoy marshes, tributaries, and abundant birdlife near the mouth of the Connecticut River.

The Connecticut River is New England’s longest river, running 410 miles from its source at the Canadian border to the Long Island Sound. Thanks to shifting sandbars at its mouth—the result of large amounts of silt washing downstream during spring snowmelt—the Connecticut is the only major U.S. river without a port at its mouth. Instead, it has the communities of Old Saybrook and Old Lyme, with the marshes of Great Island buffering the east side from development.

Great Island is a beautiful area, popular with birders and anglers. Back in the 1960s when the ospreys were endangered by DDT, Old Lyme resident Roger Tory Peterson erected the first osprey nesting platform on Great island, and many more followed."

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Trail Information

Old Lyme
Nearby City
5-9 nautical miles
Mean tidal range is 3.5 feet. In the river, tidal current floods north and ebbs south. In Long Island Sound, current floods west and ebbs east. Ideally, launch on a rising tide and head south after the tide turns.
Tidal Information
The shallow river mouth can get choppy, especially when winds oppose current. The main channel of the river is extremely popular with powerboaters, and gets very churned up from their wakes.
NOAA chart #12375; Maptech #17
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