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Connecticut whitewater, Housatonic River

Litchfield county, below Falls Village Hydro Plant section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     0.5 miles
The Appalachian Trail crosses the housatonic in Falls Village.  There is a parking lot for hikers, and paddlers next to the power plant.

You may wish to add the following link from the Houastonic River pages:http://www.ctxguide.com/ctxguide_095.htm Says Bryan McFarland

If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Connecticut you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite
    easy. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Torrington, as you can see on the road map further down. The scenic beauty of Litchfield County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near
and far. There's camping available near Housatonic River. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the below Falls Village Hydro Plant section is just one of many. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Since you're on  
this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that. This section of Housatonic River in Connecticut is 0.5 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
Why not check out The Cove also since you're here It's always nice to explore Great Falls. Don't leave Housatonic River without first going for a hike along the Indian Trail. If you're looking for a beach close to Housatonic River, we recommend Mudge Pond Town Beach; since you're here, you might as well explore Wildcat Hollow.

Housatonic River, below Falls Village Hydro Plant 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 Housatonic River.
 Whitewater Near Housatonic River:
Housatonic River, Litchfield County, 0 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.5 miles long (below Falls Village Hydro Plant)
Housatonic River, Litchfield County, 0 miles away
      Class II-III - 22.5 miles long (Falls Village Hydro to Kent)
Esopus Creek, Ulster County, 8 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5 miles long (Big Indian to Allaben)
Bash Bish Brook, Columbia / Berkshire County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 0.6 miles long (Below Bash Bish Falls to Copake Falls)
Shepaug River, Litchfield County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Route 341 to Route 67)
Ten Mile River, Dutchess County, 16 miles away
      Class -blank- - 9 miles long (Wassaic to NY line)
Bantam River, Litchfield County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.4 miles long (Stoddard Road to Shepaug River)
Housatonic River, Litchfield County, 17 miles away
      Class IV - 2.6 miles long (Bulls Bridge Dam to Gaylordsville)
East Aspetuck River, Litchfield County, 17 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Paper Mill Road to Housatonic River)
Sandy Brook River, Litchfield County, 18 miles away
      Class IV - 5.6 miles long (Route 183 Bridge to Route 8 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Housatonic River:
Mohawk Mountain, Connecticut , 7 miles away, 640 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 12 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 10 lifts, 22 runs
Catamount, Massachusetts , 13 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 7 lifts, 29 runs
Woodbury, Connecticut , 21 miles away, 300 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 22 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 24 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Thunder Ridge, New York , 27 miles away, 500 foot drop, 4 lifts, 30 runs
Ski Sundown, Connecticut , 30 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 31 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
Blandford, Massachusetts , 34 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
 Beaches Near Housatonic River:
Mudge Pond Town Beach, Litchfield , 7 miles away
Litchfield Town Beach, Litchfield , 16 miles away
Morris Town Beach, Litchfield , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Housatonic River:
Locust Tree Bed And Breakfast, Canaan , 4 miles away
Manor House, Norfolk , 12 miles away
Days Inn Great Barrington, Great Barrington , 12 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Lenox Great Barrington/Berkshires, Great Barrington , 13 miles away
Travelodge Great Barrington Berkshires, Great Barrington , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Housatonic River:
Limestone Spring Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, Salisbury, 2 miles away
Pine Swamp Brook Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, West Cornwall, 4 miles away
Riga Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, Taconic, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Housatonic River:
Elbow Trail, Berkshire , 9 miles away
Indian Trail, Berkshire , 10 miles away
Northrop Trail, Berkshire , 11 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Litchfield , 12 miles away
Wild Cat Trail, Berkshire , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Housatonic River:
Fire Island National Seashore, Patchogue - NY , 69 miles away
Housatonic Meadows State Park, Connecticut , 6 miles away
Mohawk Mountain State Park, Connecticut , 8 miles away
Kent Falls State Park, Connecticut , 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Housatonic River:
Canaan Country Club, Canaan , 3 miles away
Quarry Veiw Golf Course, Canaan , 6 miles away
Undermountain Golf Course, Copake , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Housatonic River
Mohawk Pond, Litchfield , 9 miles away
Hilltop Pond, Litchfield , 12 miles away
Lake Waramaug, Litchfield , 14 miles away

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