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What is your local day paddle?

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Let’s see…I’m 10 minutes from the Mohawk River, which is OK for training or boat shake down.
I’m 20 minutes from the lower Hudson, below the federal locks, so it’s tidal, don’t go there too much.
I’m 40 minutes from the closest edge of the Blue Line (ADK Park).
MDB and I have done Lake Lila as a day trip, as well as Indian Lake, the upper Hudson, Henderson Lake…the list is endless.
I don’t have a favorite, all waters have their allure depending on season, water levels and fellow paddlers.
I consider myself quite lucky to be so near the ADK’s
 
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I live between Baltimore and Philly, and it takes longer to get the canoe on the car than it does to get it from the driveway into the water... My favorite local paddle is on a stretch called Gray's Run, with a little feeder called Cranberry Run. Both open out into the Bush River, which then flows into the Chesapeake Bay.

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Had my first paddle of the season Sunday. Nearly dumped it getting in for the first time in months (an annual tradition it seems) but all went well. This was my standard after work paddle, but I stopped and took pics of all the landmarks.

Heading downstream towards the river. Water is way high, which is nice.
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A memorial to my mil. She was a big fish in this small pond town.
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Out on the river. This is the end of the Dartmouth Crew rowing course. Ledyard bridge up the way.
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Picnic spot No. 1. Nice sandy beach.
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Secret spot for when the others are taken. I leave the driftwood (pulled out from the landing) in the sittable area to make it look less inviting from the water, and move it when we arrive.
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Gilman Island campsite on the Connecticut River Paddler's Trail. Big site.
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The picnic spot everyone covets. Note the rope swing. If you want this one on a long weekend you better arrive early.
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Heading home and then a bit upstream. Don't usually get to go too far thataway.
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The put in/take out. The rack is new. During covid a bunch of folks started leaving their boats here, on what is conserved land. The Conservancy built this rack just a few weeks ago, and requires a $100 donation if you want to use it for the season. Only two boats in this pic, but by later in the day it was already full, I think all with boats from the neighborhood. Hope they don't "improve" the landing so it is kayak friendly. Right now canoes only. Keeps out the riffraff.
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Not pictured, the water treatment plant I have to paddle by.

PS--Do we need a "Day Paddles" section in the Tripping section or elsewhere? I'd hardly call this an "American Trip Report", but that is the only other logical place to put it if this thread didn't already exist.
 
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Two spots I like to paddle that are within a few minutes from my house. The Boardman, all sections above Boardman lk. And when there’s not a ton of jet skis/speed boats out, East bay. The bay is only 2.5 miles across, but you can usually escape the noise and rush the tourists bring. And there’s decent fishing
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If you just want a day paddle, what's your local water body? Descriptions and pictures are always appreciated.

Here's a thread about my local paddle on the Housatonic River in Connecticut, which south of my town is dammed up into a series of lakes, the first one being Lake Lillinonah.

I'm in Milford, CT. Lower section of the Housatonic and the Wheeler Marsh are just on the other side of town. East River in Guilford is one of the best day trip paddles around - salt marsh, fresh water marsh and forest in 4-1/2 miles. Lake Lillinonah, I especially like the Shephaug side...few houses and lots of protected forest land. And of course, the lower Connecticut River has a bunch of day trip paddles. photo of Mill Brook, which feeds into the Lieutenant River. East Lyme, CTaIMG_1223x.jpg
 
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