WILI's Wayne Norman was one of about 200 paddlers who took part in Riverfest 2009 on May 30.  The "Root Beer Float" covered nearly eight miles from the Eagleville Dam in Storrs to the Bridge Street Plaza in Willimantic.  To see photos of Wayne kayaking the Hudson River in New York a week earlier, click here.


Paddlers at Eagleville Dam getting ready to launch their boats in the Willimantic River



Wayne kept his camera and keys in a "dry-bag" -- Nan Kandolin photo




The launch area is a short walk down a trail.  Kayaks, canoes, and even inflatables (on right) went down the Willimantic River.


May 30, 2009 was a spectacular day at Eagleville Dam


The launch area


Looking from the launch area looking back toward Eagleville Dam and under Route 275


Much of the ride looked like this


It's nice when the river does most of the work -- Nan Kandolin photo


Rick Kandolin enjoying nature -- Nan Kandolin photo



Some people stopped to rest by a downed tree



The river did much of Rick's paddling for him



The bridge at Coventry Road/Depot Road


A now unused bridge


Nan Kandolin photo



Wayne near that bridge


Some ducks in the river



The Route 31 bridge in Coventry


There actually were some mini-rapids bigger than this, but we had to put the cameras away to keep them dry in those areas -- Nan Kandolin photo



Wayne and Rick on the south side of the Route 31 bridge



In South Coventry, things opened up


Rosie enjoying the day



Canoes made this run too--these guys brought their own keg


South Coventry





Cider Mill Road/Flanders Road bridge


A swan and two little ones -- Nan Kandolin photo



Someone's private beach on the east side of the river


Apparently the nude sunbathers left Willimantic and went to Eagleville -- Nan Kandolin photo






The two bridges for the Route 6 bypass, near Flanders Road


Looking upstream.  The Hop River enters on the left.


The New England Central Railroad bridge, with the Route 66 bridge behind it


Wayne on the Willimantic River as it begins to parallel Main Street in Willimantic


An old railroad bridge just south of the junction of Route 66 and 32 in Willimantic


Wayne actually did paddle occasionally -- Nan Kandolin photo



This is where the 7.8 mile paddle ended--near the Bridge Street Plaza in Willimantic


Nan (with a root beer) and Wayne near the Railroad Museum.  The school bus took boaters back to their cars in Eagleville --  Dan Mullins photo



Looking downstream from the end of the paddle--the river gets rougher here. There are four kayakers on the right working on whitewater kayaking skills.  The Bridge Street Plaza is on the left and the Bridge Street bridge is just beyond.
 

Some shots of whitewater kayaking east of the Bridge Street bridge in Willimantic --
Nan Kandolin photos






Photos on this page taken by Wayne Norman and Nan Kandolin

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