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Connecticut whitewater, Housatonic River

Litchfield county, Bulls Bridge Dam to Gaylordsville section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV     2.6 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. The wonderful Connecticut scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Housatonic River are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The Bulls Bridge Dam to Gaylordsville stretch of Housatonic River in Connecticut is 2.6 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV section.
    Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd
better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. If you're coming from Torrington it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. If you're a camper you can  
camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This is a short paddling stretch so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch.

Briefly about the general area:
One of the best things about Housatonic River is its proximity to Pine Ledge. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and you'll possibly meet some folks from Kent here. This river is a great place to visit. A trip to Macedonia Brook State Park when you're here at Housatonic River is never a bad idea; you simply have to visit Grand Staircase while you're here at Housatonic River.

Housatonic River, Bulls Bridge Dam to Gaylordsville 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, 2 miles away
      Class IV - 2.6 miles long (Bulls Bridge Dam to Gaylordsville)
Tenmile, Litchfield County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.2 miles long (South Dover NY to Gaylordsville Ct)
Ten Mile River, Dutchess County, 5 miles away
      Class -blank- - 9 miles long (Wassaic to NY line)
East Aspetuck River, Litchfield County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Paper Mill Road to Housatonic River)
Shepaug River, Litchfield County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Route 341 to Route 67)
Housatonic River, Litchfield County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 22.5 miles long (Falls Village Hydro to Kent)
Housatonic River, Litchfield County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.5 miles long (below Falls Village Hydro Plant)
Bantam River, Litchfield County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.4 miles long (Stoddard Road to Shepaug River)
Roeliff Jansen Kill River, Columbia/ Dutchess County, 20 miles away
      Class I-III - 14 miles long (Ancram to Elizaville)
Esopus Creek, Ulster County, 20 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5 miles long (Big Indian to Allaben)
 Ski Areas Near Housatonic River:
Thunder Ridge, New York , 12 miles away, 500 foot drop, 4 lifts, 30 runs
Mohawk Mountain, Connecticut , 14 miles away, 640 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
Woodbury, Connecticut , 18 miles away, 300 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Catamount, Massachusetts , 23 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 7 lifts, 29 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 27 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 10 lifts, 22 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 37 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Ski Sundown, Connecticut , 39 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 39 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Mount Southington, Connecticut , 40 miles away, 425 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 45 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
 Marinas Near Housatonic River:
West Cove Marina, New Milford , 10 miles away
Echo Bay Marina, Brookfield , 14 miles away
Pocono Point Marina, Danbury , 15 miles away
Nina Marina, Danbury , 15 miles away
 Beaches Near Housatonic River:
Pine Ledge, Fairfield , 10 miles away
Mudge Pond Town Beach, Litchfield , 10 miles away
Morris Town Beach, Litchfield , 19 miles away
Litchfield Town Beach, Litchfield , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Housatonic River:
The Cottages At Kent Road, New Milford , 8 miles away
Red Carpet Inn & Suites New Milford, New Milford , 8 miles away
Rocky River Inn, New Milford , 8 miles away
Newbury Inn, Brookfield , 13 miles away
The Mayflower Grace, Washington , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Housatonic River:
Mt Algo Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, Kent, 1 miles away
Ten-Mile River Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, Gaylordsville, 3 miles away
Wiley Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Wingdale, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Housatonic River:
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Litchfield , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Housatonic River:
Fire Island National Seashore, Patchogue - NY , 64 miles away
Macedonia Brook State Park, Connecticut , 3 miles away
Kent Falls State Park, Connecticut , 7 miles away
Lake Waramaug State Park, Connecticut , 8 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Housatonic River:
Silo Ridge Country Club, Amenia , 8 miles away
Dutcher Golf Course, Pawling , 10 miles away
Candlewood Valley Country Club, New Milford , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Housatonic River
Hilltop Pond, Litchfield , 4 miles away
Ella Fohs Camp Pond, Litchfield , 8 miles away
Lake Waramaug, Litchfield , 9 miles away

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