Join Georges River Land Trust for a paddle to Tommy’s Island in Tenants Harbor on Saturday, July 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Les Hyde, longtime volunteer for the land trust and one of the principals involved in helping to permanently conserve the island, will lead the paddle from the Tenants Harbor public landing.

This paddle is for experienced canoeists/kayakers, as the group will be paddling in open water, through Long Cove to the two-acre island. Hyde will guide the paddlers out of the harbor into Muscongus Bay and around a series of islands before entering into Long Cove and Tommy’s Island. Bring a boat and picnic lunch. Lunch will take place on the island, where there will also be the chance to explore this small magical place. Meet at the public landing, which is in the village of Tenants Harbor directly off Route 131. Call GRLT to register in advance at 594-5166.

Georges River Land Trust permanently conserved this island, as it is in the midst of Long Cove, a highly productive estuary with extensive mudflats and excellent wading bird and waterfowl habitat. The island has grassland species and mixed upland forest, and had in the past been historically grazed by sheep.

This paddle is part of the Georges River Land Trust’s continuing series of activities connecting the public with the varied resources of the St. George River region. Upcoming events include a tidal pool foray on Aug. 5 and the Georges River Land Trust annual meeting on Aug. 21, this year to be held in the upper watershed at the Appleton Preserve. For further information on the Georges River Land Trust and its programs, visit, contact them at, or call 594-5166.