September 20, 2020

Family Canoe & Kayak on Mill Pond

Naturalist Phil Miller will lead a canoe/kayak trip on Mill Pond, Sundat October 2, from 1 p.m.

The Essex Land Trust invites you to enjoy the beautiful fall colors that can be seen on this paddle, led by naturalist Phil Miller, along with a possible walk on Jean’s Island on Sunday October 2, beginning at 1 p.m.  Open to paddlers of all ages, but basic experience in paddling is required. This event is co-sponsored by the Town of Essex’ Park and Recreation Department and is part of its Essex Great Outdoors Pursuit Program. Park at the canoe/kayak landing on Falls River Drive in Ivoryton. Bad weather cancels.

Jean’s Island is a seven-acre preserve on Mill Pond in the Falls River. The wooded island has an easy, well-marked loop trail and a landing site. Similar to neighboring Falls River Preserve, Jean’s Island provides both a resting place for migrating birds and habitat for the local population, including songbirds and hawks. Swans, ducks and wading birds such as herons and egrets are also plentiful. The pond waters are home to bass, perch, sunfish and catfish.

The Essex Great Outdoor Pursuit has been created by the Essex Park and Recreation Department with the mission of bringing the families of Essex together through positive and healthy outdoor endeavors while increasing the presence and awareness of our local parks, open spaces and preserves to the community. The Essex Land Trust is pleased to be a co-sponsor of this program. For more information about the program, please visit the town website; click on “Park and Recreation”.

For more information about the event please contact Peggy Tuttle at 860-767-7916 or e-mail