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Housatonic River in Connecticut

Trip Overview

Most don't know about it, but there is a free boat launch under route 8 in Derby. CT. Go during the change to high tide and it is easy paddling. Within a half mile there is a nice, calm lagoon where we saw a Kingfisher, there is a drainage canal that we paddled right through, there is a small island during low tide and fishing is good, there is the entrance to the Naugatuck River.

From here, you can go all the way to the ocean - which we plan on doing in the coming weeks.

Accommodations:

None - just a concrete boat ramp

Fees:

Free - no fee's required

Directions:

Main Street (Rt. 34) to Factory Street, past the Derby Feed and Grain store, under the railroad tracks, past the sewage treatment plant, under Rt. 8.

Resources:

Google Maps: maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&hl=en&ll=41.315562,-73.086805&spn=0.016826,0.029869&t=p&z=15
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

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