Connecticut River and Reeds Marsh Kayak Trip

On Sunday, August 18th I went kayaking in another section of the Connecticut River. This time I put in at the Orford, NH boat landing and headed south towards Reeds Marsh and another back-in (that I don’t know the name of).

Reeds Marsh kind of has two sections. One part you can get to from Route 10 in Orford, NH. It used to be a great spot to catch Hornpout but the weeds have grown in so thick it is difficult to fish here. The other part is a large “pool” that you can enter through a narrow channel from the Connecticut River.

View west to Vermont from Reeds Marsh
View west to Vermont from Reeds Marsh

I noticed several small flocks of Black Ducks upon entering the “pool” on the river side. In a back corner I found these ducks hanging out on a log.

Black Ducks on Reeds Marsh
Black Ducks on Reeds Marsh

I noticed far fewer ducks on this section of the river compared to the Wilder, VT and Hanover, NH area. They are a lot more wary of people as well.

I continued on down river towards the large back-in on the Fairlee side of the river. I have no idea what it is named but I have been fishing there, in the summer and through the ice for years. It is known as a great place for Northern Pike in the winter.

View east to NH
View east to NH
View east to NH
View east to NH

I believe this is where the outflow from Lake Morey flows into the Connecticut River. However there is a culvert pipe going under the railroad tracks preventing you from going too far upstream.

Culvert under the train tracks
Culvert under the train tracks

I did manage to sneak up on this Painted Turtle while paddling to the back corner of the back-in.

Painted Turtle
Painted Turtle sunning on a log

On the way back to Orford, NH I got a nice view of the Fairlee cliffs in Fairlee, VT.

View of the Fairlee cliffs
View of the Fairlee cliffs

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