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Connecticut whitewater, Norwalk River

Fairfield county, Bridge in Cannondale to Mouth section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     8 miles
L Desmond is right, this river can get nasty in spring run off or after a big rain. There have been at least 2 whitewater kayak deaths in recent years Says SteveT

Just ran this stretch twice in the last two weeks. The unbelievable amount of rain has made this river run like a furious 3-4 creek. Some of the best kayaking I have experienced in CT to date. Best rapids are at the top bridge and going under the railroad bridge further
    down. Too much hooting and hollering last night, this thing was so much fun! Says L Desmond

The Bridge in Cannondale to Mouth stretch of Norwalk River is 8 miles long and has been rated as a class II section by American
Whitewater. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. The beautiful scenery of Connecticut and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The Bridge in Cannondale to Mouth section is one of a few paddling  
sections in this river system. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you won't find a large number of other spots. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's perfect for a one day trip. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. The put-in is not too far from Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost.

Briefly about the general area:
Putnam Memorial Park is a great place, and a day at charming Marvin Beach in the vicinity of Norwalk River is a tremendous thing to do.

Norwalk River, Bridge in Cannondale to Mouth 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 Norwalk River.
 Whitewater Near Norwalk River:
Norwalk River, Fairfield County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Bridge in Cannondale to Mouth)
East Aspetuck River, Litchfield County, 24 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Paper Mill Road to Housatonic River)
Housatonic River, Litchfield County, 28 miles away
      Class IV - 2.6 miles long (Bulls Bridge Dam to Gaylordsville)
Tenmile, Litchfield County, 28 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.2 miles long (South Dover NY to Gaylordsville Ct)
 Ski Areas Near Norwalk River:
Thunder Ridge, New York , 21 miles away, 500 foot drop, 4 lifts, 30 runs
Woodbury, Connecticut , 25 miles away, 300 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Mohawk Mountain, Connecticut , 36 miles away, 640 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
Mount Southington, Connecticut , 41 miles away, 425 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Ski Sundown, Connecticut , 50 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Powder Ridge, Connecticut , 50 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Catamount, Massachusetts , 53 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 7 lifts, 29 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 54 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 10 lifts, 22 runs
Tuxedo Ridge, New York , 56 miles away, 400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 7 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 58 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
 Marinas Near Norwalk River:
Yacht Basin-Longshore Marina, Westport , 5 miles away
White Bridge Marina, Norwalk , 5 miles away
BUB Hartog's B & G Marina, Norwalk , 5 miles away
Norwalk Cove Marina, Norwalk , 5 miles away
Seaview House Marina, Stamford , 9 miles away
 Beaches Near Norwalk River:
Marvin Beach, Fairfield , 4 miles away
Saint John Beach, Fairfield , 4 miles away
Harbor View Beach, Fairfield , 4 miles away
Calf Pasture Beach, Fairfield , 4 miles away
Long Beach, Fairfield , 5 miles away
 Hotels Near Norwalk River:
Hilton Garden Inn Norwalk, Norwalk , 0 miles away
Courtyard Norwalk, Norwalk , 0 miles away
Zero Degrees Norwalk, Norwalk , 1 miles away
Econo Lodge Norwalk, Norwalk , 3 miles away
DoubleTree By Hilton Norwalk, Norwalk , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Norwalk River:
Mountain Workshop, West Redding, 5 miles away
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, 12 miles away
Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park, Waccabuc, 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Norwalk River:
Fire Island National Seashore, Patchogue - NY , 41 miles away
Gateway National Recreation Area, Brooklyn - NY , 54 miles away
Sherwood Island State Park, Connecticut , 7 miles away
Putnam Memorial Park, Connecticut , 10 miles away
Seth Low Pierrepont State Park Reserve, Connecticut , 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Norwalk River:
Oak Hills Golf Course, Norwalk , 3 miles away
E Gaynor Brennan Municipal Golf Course, Stamford , 11 miles away
Pound Ridge Golf Club, Pound Ridge , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Norwalk River
Trinity Lake, Westchester , 10 miles away
Lake Kitchawan, Westchester , 10 miles away
Mamanasco Lake, Fairfield , 11 miles away

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