Boating in Connecticut

Where can I paddle in Connecticut?

The Rivers Alliance currently has a complete map of launches with 412 launches, definitely use them as a resource as I continue to work on this page.

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Work in progress below with at least 125 rivers in Connecticut and many more lakes and ponds aiming to strike a balance between most boat-able/popular and complete.

Major Rivers: 

The major river systems include the Connecticut River in the Central Lowlands, the Housatonic and the Naugatuck Rivers in the west, and the Thames River in the east. Altogether, Connecticut has 8,400 miles of rivers and streams.

  • Connecticut River – 71 miles
  • Farmington River
  • Housatonic River
  • Thames River
  • Salmon River

Major Bodies of Water:

The largest inland waterbodies are Lake Candlewood (5,420 acres), Barkhamsted Reservoir (2,330 acres), Lake Lillinonah (1,900 acres), Lake Gaillard (1,009 acres), and Lake Zoar (975 acres). Ten other lakes are between 500 to 1,000 acres, 14 more between 300 and 500 acres, and 81 between 100 and 300 acres in size.

  • Candlewood Lake
  • Squantz Pond
  • Bantam Lake
  • Lake Zoar

Crystal Pond Park


41.913346, -72.095686

Crystal Pond Park Eastford and Woodstock Community Park 120 acres in Eastford and Woodstock, CT Parking: Large lot near 305 Crystal Pond Road, Woodstock, CT Trail Map    Trails: 2.5 miles … Read more…

Babcock Pond


41.540627, -72.395906

Babcock Pond WMA Connecticut Wildlife Management Area 1,524 acres in Colchester, CT Parking: Boat launch: Small lot near 653 Middletown Rd, Colchester, CT Trails: Small lot near… Read more…

Camp Aya-Po


42.018110, -72.405841

Camp Aya-Po Somers Town Park 178 acres in Somers, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 70 Camp Rd, Somers, CT Trail Map       Trails: 3.1 miles … Read more…

Kings Island


41.954496, -72.612596

Kings Island Eversource Land Trust 120 acres in Enfield and Suffield, CT Parking: Access by water only, nearest boat launch is Kings Island Boat Launch Boat launch… Read more…