I headed over to Harilla's Landing on the east side of Long Island. I put-in there, paddled over to the gap between Little Bear Island and Cow Island, paddled around Cow Island and Ragged Island, and back to Harilla's Landing again.
A note about parking: If you try to go to Harilla's on a weekend during the summer, there will be MANY cars parked along both sides of the roadway leading to Harilla's. I think it's mostly people who have put their boats in at Harilla's to drive over to Little Bear or Cow Island. There are a bunch of Cow Island mailboxes along the road there. So you may have to drop your boat off and drive a quarter to a half mile up Long Island Road to find a place to park and walk back down to your kayak. I went on a weekday, so there were only about a dozen cars or so.
Time stamp leaving Harilla's Landing
It was overcast and lightly raining off and on, so I put my Kokotat kayaking jacket and pants to use. They're just a shell to keep water off. Temps were in the mid 70s, so I didn't need anything else for warmth. Water temp was 73F, which sounds warm but felt a little chilly.
I wrote a previous post about visiting Ragged Island with my boys. There's an excellent multi-stage geocache on that island - one of my favorites, actually. I didn't actually get out on Ragged Island this time around, but for those of you who are considering a trip to Ragged Island using the LRCT paddle map, I hope this post provides you some idea what to expect on the water. You can click on the link to the previous post to see what it's like actually walking around Ragged Island.
Paddle Log #36 trip stats: 7.6 miles, 2 hours 44 minutes, 2.8 mph average speed