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

Killingly Pond

★☆☆☆☆

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         … Read more…

West Rock Ridge

★★★★★

41.337800, -72.965522

West Rock Ridge State Park Connecticut State Park 1,691 acres in Hamden, Woodbridge, and Bethany, CT Parking: Main parking near 1134 Wintergreen Ave, New Haven, CT if the gate is… Read more…

Higganum Reservoir

★★☆☆☆

41.489029, -72.561924

Higganum Reservoir State Park Connecticut State Park 147 acres in Haddam, CT Parking:  Small lot near 54 Killingworth Rd Higganum, CT Shoulder parking for boat launch past… Read more…

Barn Island

★★★★☆

41.340596, -71.874711

Barn Island Wildlife Management Area Connecticut Wildlife Management Area 1,013 acres in Stonington, CT Parking: Shoulder parking and boat launch near 249 Palmer Neck Rd, Pawcatuck, CT… Read more…

Black Pond

★★★★☆

41.528562, -72.740850

Black Pond Wildlife Management Area Connecticut WMA 16 acres in Meriden, CT Parking: Medium sized lot at the boat launch near 1699 E Main St, Meriden, CT Trail… Read more…