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Connecticut whitewater, Bantam River

Litchfield county, Stoddard Road to Shepaug River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     5.4 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Torrington, as you can see on the road map further down. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Connecticut is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. No need to look hard for hotels, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Getting
    your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Stoddard Road to Shepaug River section is
one of them. This stretch is mid length, you can easily run it on an afternoon. The scenic beauty of Litchfield County and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. This section of Bantam River is 5.4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II section of whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
What would winter be without some skiing at Woodbury; Morris Town Beach is a lovely beach
to visit. Bantam River is right by the Mattatuck Trail, and at Bantam River you always meet someone from Bantam. This river has it all. Everybody loves Mt. Tom State Park, and you ought to beyond doubt explore charming Litchfield Town Beach while you're here. Mohawk Mountain State Park is a delightful spot to go if you're at Bantam River. Bantam River generally gets a lot of rain. August is the month that gets the most rain, and February is when it's the driest. At Bantam River throughout the warm months highs are in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures descend down into the 50's.

Bantam River, Stoddard Road to Shepaug River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Bantam River.
 Whitewater Near Bantam River:
Shepaug River, Litchfield County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Route 341 to Route 67)
Bantam River, Litchfield County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.4 miles long (Stoddard Road to Shepaug River)
East Aspetuck River, Litchfield County, 10 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Paper Mill Road to Housatonic River)
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)
Housatonic River, Litchfield County, 17 miles away
      Class IV - 2.6 miles long (Bulls Bridge Dam to Gaylordsville)
Sandy Brook River, Litchfield County, 20 miles away
      Class IV - 5.6 miles long (Route 183 Bridge to Route 8 Bridge)
Tenmile, Litchfield County, 20 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.2 miles long (South Dover NY to Gaylordsville Ct)
Ten Mile River, Dutchess County, 20 miles away
      Class -blank- - 9 miles long (Wassaic to NY line)
Still River, Litchfield County, 21 miles away
      Class V - 0.1 miles long (Above Sandy Brook)
 Ski Areas Near Bantam River:
Woodbury, Connecticut , 6 miles away, 300 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Mohawk Mountain, Connecticut , 8 miles away, 640 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
Thunder Ridge, New York , 24 miles away, 500 foot drop, 4 lifts, 30 runs
Ski Sundown, Connecticut , 24 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Mount Southington, Connecticut , 25 miles away, 425 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 25 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 10 lifts, 22 runs
Catamount, Massachusetts , 28 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 7 lifts, 29 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 28 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Blandford, Massachusetts , 36 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 37 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Bantam River:
West Cove Marina, New Milford , 12 miles away
Lakeside Marina, Southbury , 14 miles away
Echo Bay Marina, Brookfield , 16 miles away
Eichlers Cove Marina, Sandy Hook , 17 miles away
Pocono Point Marina, Danbury , 17 miles away
 Beaches Near Bantam River:
Morris Town Beach, Litchfield , 3 miles away
Litchfield Town Beach, Litchfield , 4 miles away
Pine Ledge, Fairfield , 18 miles away
Mudge Pond Town Beach, Litchfield , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Bantam River:
Litchfield Inn, BW Premier Collection, Litchfield , 4 miles away
The Mayflower Grace, Washington , 4 miles away
Tollgate Hill Inn, Litchfield , 9 miles away
Longwood Country Inn, Woodbury , 9 miles away
Country Loft Bed And Breakfast, Woodbury , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bantam River:
Looking Glass Hill Campgrounds, Bantam, 1 miles away
Cozy Hills Campground, Litchfield County, 1 miles away
White Memorial Cons Center - Point Folly, Bantam, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Bantam River:
Mattatuck Trail, Litchfield , 9 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Litchfield , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bantam River:
Fire Island National Seashore, Patchogue - NY , 54 miles away
Mt. Tom State Park, Connecticut , 1 miles away
Mohawk Mountain State Park, Connecticut , 7 miles away
Lake Waramaug State Park, Connecticut , 8 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bantam River:
Stonybrook Golf Course, Litchfield , 4 miles away
Pomperaug Golf Club, Southbury , 11 miles away
Gainfield Farms Golf Course, Southbury , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Bantam River
Bantam Lake, Litchfield , 3 miles away
Lake Floren, Litchfield , 4 miles away
Mohawk Pond, Litchfield , 6 miles away

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