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Connecticut whitewater, Housatonic River

Litchfield county, Falls Village Hydro to Kent section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     22.5 miles
  This section of Housatonic River in Litchfield County is 22.5 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The starting point is not too far from Torrington, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The nature scenery of Litchfield County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. A good workout and just hanging out with mother
    nature have people coming from far and near. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book
a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The Falls Village Hydro to Kent stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average,  
so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners.

Briefly about the general area:
A spree to Housatonic River wouldn’t be complete without a visit to close by Housatonic Meadows State Park. The best way to spend a winter day is on the slopes of nearby Mohawk Mountain; the Elbow Trail offers hiking at its best. This river is so perfect. Mudge Pond Town Beach is a beach near Housatonic River that you can explore; Housatonic Valley is also a fine site to explore. A spree to Kent Falls State Park when you're here at Housatonic River is a nice idea; there's great hiking along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Housatonic River, Falls Village Hydro to Kent road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Housatonic River.
 Whitewater Near Housatonic River:
Housatonic River, Litchfield County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 22.5 miles long (Falls Village Hydro to Kent)
Housatonic River, Litchfield County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.5 miles long (below Falls Village Hydro Plant)
Shepaug River, Litchfield County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Route 341 to Route 67)
Esopus Creek, Ulster County, 11 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5 miles long (Big Indian to Allaben)
Ten Mile River, Dutchess County, 13 miles away
      Class -blank- - 9 miles long (Wassaic to NY line)
Bantam River, Litchfield County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.4 miles long (Stoddard Road to Shepaug River)
East Aspetuck River, Litchfield County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Paper Mill Road to Housatonic River)
Housatonic River, Litchfield County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 2.6 miles long (Bulls Bridge Dam to Gaylordsville)
Bash Bish Brook, Columbia / Berkshire County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 0.6 miles long (Below Bash Bish Falls to Copake Falls)
Tenmile, Litchfield County, 17 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.2 miles long (South Dover NY to Gaylordsville Ct)
 Ski Areas Near Housatonic River:
Mohawk Mountain, Connecticut , 5 miles away, 640 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 16 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 10 lifts, 22 runs
Catamount, Massachusetts , 16 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 7 lifts, 29 runs
Woodbury, Connecticut , 17 miles away, 300 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Thunder Ridge, New York , 24 miles away, 500 foot drop, 4 lifts, 30 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 25 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 29 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Ski Sundown, Connecticut , 30 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Mount Southington, Connecticut , 35 miles away, 425 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 35 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
 Marinas Near Housatonic River:
West Cove Marina, New Milford , 16 miles away
 Beaches Near Housatonic River:
Mudge Pond Town Beach, Litchfield , 6 miles away
Litchfield Town Beach, Litchfield , 14 miles away
Morris Town Beach, Litchfield , 15 miles away
Pine Ledge, Fairfield , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Housatonic River:
Locust Tree Bed And Breakfast, Canaan , 8 miles away
Manor House, Norfolk , 14 miles away
The Mayflower Grace, Washington , 14 miles away
The Cottages At Kent Road, New Milford , 16 miles away
Red Carpet Inn & Suites New Milford, New Milford , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Housatonic River:
Pine Swamp Brook Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, West Cornwall, 1 miles away
Housatonic Meadows State Park, Kent, 4 miles away
Limestone Spring Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, Salisbury, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Housatonic River:
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Litchfield , 9 miles away
Elbow Trail, Berkshire , 12 miles away
Indian Trail, Berkshire , 13 miles away
Northrop Trail, Berkshire , 14 miles away
Wild Cat Trail, Berkshire , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Housatonic River:
Fire Island National Seashore, Patchogue - NY , 66 miles away
Housatonic Meadows State Park, Connecticut , 2 miles away
Kent Falls State Park, Connecticut , 6 miles away
Mohawk Mountain State Park, Connecticut , 6 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Housatonic River:
Canaan Country Club, Canaan , 7 miles away
Quarry Veiw Golf Course, Canaan , 9 miles away
Stonybrook Golf Course, Litchfield , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Housatonic River
Mohawk Pond, Litchfield , 7 miles away
Hilltop Pond, Litchfield , 9 miles away
Lake Waramaug, Litchfield , 10 miles away

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