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Here is another of my top ten spots. Otis Reservoir is quite large and in the summer there are always a lot of speedboats and waverunners.  KAYAKERS BEWARE!!!  The first trip was with Megan, Don and the Croteau’s (Don, Renee, and Matt)  on a hot June morning. Don Croteau knew about Dismal Bay at the southern tip so we followed him there. It was quite a long paddle and by the time we arrived the sun was quite strong.  It was hot and we found some welcome shade behind a small island. It turned out to be quite a magical place, just sitting in the shade looking at the beauty of the spot.  The southern tip of the bay is called Dismal Bay. We found it dismal but superb at the same time. It’s dismal because of all the old rotted tree stumps giving you the feeling that you’re in a graveyard.  This might look like a graveyard to boaters that get caught up in the low water and roots of the rotted trees, but for a kayaker this is a wonderland!  The roots of the stumps are exposed in the shallow water.  What a maze! I still wonder why the soil eroded from under the tree stumps.  The Croteau’s went off fishing for Bass while Meg, Don and I sat enjoying the scene.  The tree stumps above water were fascinating as well.  Moss and molds of many earthy colors and quite amazing the grow of little sprigs growing out of the dead stumps.

We have been back here many times.  One exceptional trip was when the water as drained a few feet below it’s normal level.  When the tree stumps and roots that have previously been underwater have dried in the hot summer sun the driftwood effect is quite striking.  I could spend hours looking at the textures and moving slowly around the island and stumps.

After two trips to Dismal Bay launching form the public boat launch I found a good map the DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer and found there was a dirt back road right to the bay.  So now we go strait to the best part of the reservoir… Dismal Bay.  To get there turn left off Rt. 23 at sign for Camp Overflow.  Follow past sign for Camp to sign for Tolland State Forest instead of turning into the State Forest where the boat launch is, go straight on to the dirt road follow it about a mile and turn Left onto Belden Rd. About a third of a mile is the spot.  Enjoy!!!

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