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Paddling Into the Past

UPDATE and CORRECT History and kayaking will come together Friday as the importance of Westport’s Saugatuck River is explored.

Kayakers will have an opportunity to paddle into Westport’s distant past as they learn about the waterway that long divided Norwalk and Fairfield before 1835, the year Westport was incorporated.

The sunset tour, which sets up at 6 p.m. and co-sponsored by the Westport Historical Society (WHS) and Downunder Kayaking , 575 Riverside Ave., will examine everything from the water quality of the lower Saugatuck River, to impact of the I-95 bridge which kayakers will paddle underneath, and to how Westport’s iconic Black Duck Cafe got its start, according to the WHS.

Kayakers will also to learn about the railroad trestle they will paddle underneath, as well as the history of Longshore Club Park, the shores of which they will be navigating.

Rindy Higgins, who for 25 years worked as the education director at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, will serve as guide for the tour dubbed “Kayaking the Historic Dividing Line.”

Costs of the event are $25 for each one who brings his or her own kayak, $35 to rent a single kayak and $50 for a double.

The WHS said participants should meet at Downunder at 5:30 p.m. Those interested can call Downunder at (203)956-6217 to reserve a spot.

An earlier version of this story erroneously said the tour is Saturday.

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