Boating

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.

Quick Links:

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: 

Major Bodies of Water:

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

Chapman Pond Preserve

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41.445753, -72.435977

Chapman Pond Preserve The Nature Conservancy and East Haddam Land Trust Property 700 acres in East Haddam, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 187 River Rd, East…

Quaddick State Park

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41.957243, -71.817554

Quaddick State Park Connecticut State Park 116 acres in Thompson, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 818 Quaddick Town Farm Rd, Thompson, CT Trail Map       …

Quinebaug Lake State Park

★★☆☆☆

41.774605, -71.888103

Quinebaug Lake State Park Connecticut State Park 181 acres in Killingly, CT Parking: Small lot near 59 Shepard Hill Rd, Danielson, CT Trail Map       Trails: 2…

Goodwin State Forest

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41.785700, -72.083707

James L. Goodwin State Forest Connecticut State Forest 2,003 acres in Hampton and Chaplin, CT Parking: Lot at 23 Potter Rd, Hampton, CT Trail Map       …

Merrow Meadow

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41.822443, -72.313051

Merrow Meadow Park Mansfield Town Park 33 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: Small lot near 13 Merrow Rd, Storrs, CT Trail Map     Trails: Less than a mile …

Eagleville Preserve

★★☆☆☆

41.781177, -72.279490

Eagleville Preserve Mansfield Town Park 11 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: Medium lot at 479 South Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT Trail Map       Trails: 1 mile   …

River Park Mansfield

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41.798234, -72.301950

River Park Mansfield Town Park Location: 10 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: Just before the bridge on Plains Rd Mansfield, CT Trail Map        Trails:…

Killingly Pond

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41.85941200, -71.80275900

Killingly Pond State Park Connecticut State Park 162 acres in Killingly, CT Parking: Shoulder parking north of 156 Pond Rd Dayville, CT Trail Map         …