While the NW corner of CT is most ideal for flat water kayaking, I have enjoyed the launch in Westport on the Saugatuck River.
Initially intimidated by its proximity to the sound, I found the associated river tributary to be sufficiently insulated to feel secure.
The launch site itself has ample parking and an easy cement ramp to the water right under 95. It is a strange access however. You drive through the water treatment plant to get there. The street signs for the launch are big and easy to see. Go to Elaine Road.
I paddled here both in the Summer and the Fall of 2020 and enjoyed people and restaurant watching from the water. The experiences are different based on the season and the associated water levels. The paddle in the fall with the associated drought was quite low but in July of the same year I was watching my head going under the bridge.
Quite different of course then my typical search for herons and turtles although a few can be found. There are even restaurants that accept docking your boat and having a bite.
This area is used for local rowing schools and has facilities where you can rent kayaks and take classes.
You turn right or left from the launch site. Left takes you towards Long Island Sound and right up the river.
Either way, the waters have a bit of a current in comparison to lakes. But they’re smooth enough for a pleasant recreational ride while allowing you to focus on the natural designs created by the currents in the water.