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Connecticut whitewater, Roaring Brook River

Hartford county, Cold Brook Road to Route 17 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     3 miles
  The natural beauty of Hartford County and the water flowing gracefully down Roaring Brook River have people coming here. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Connecticut are often more forgiving than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that many runs in this state are very easy. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, as you can see on the road map further down.
    Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. You
can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This is a pretty short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. This stretch of Roaring Brook River in Hartford County is 3 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. Lodging is available near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This is one of a small number of paddling sections  
in this river system, there are a few others too.

Briefly about the general area:
Hurd State Park is worth a visit if you're at Roaring Brook River, and going for a hike along the Washington Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this neighborhood. Dinosaur State Park is a splendid spot to go if you're at Roaring Brook River; you can have a good hiking adventure along the Mattabesset Trail. This river is so good. People from South Glastonbury love to come to Roaring Brook River; a day on the slopes of Powder Ridge is just what you need. Roaring Brook River is a wet site that gets a large amount of precipitation.

Roaring Brook River, Cold Brook Road to Route 17 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 Roaring Brook River.
 Whitewater Near Roaring Brook River:
Roaring Brook River, Hartford County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Cold Brook Road to Route 17)
Salmon River, New London County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 4.6 miles long (Old Route 2 to covered bridge at Highway 16)
Farmington River, Hartford County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 1.5 miles long (Route 18 to Highway 187)
Hammonasset River, Middlesex/ New Haven County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 2 miles long (Summer Hill Road to Green Hill Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - Non-Core Tabala Vacations, Hartford County, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Farmington River - Collinsville, Hartford County, 24 miles away
      Class II - 3.5 miles long (Collinsville to Unionville)
Connecticut River, Hampden County, 29 miles away
      Class -blank- - 2 miles long (Holyoke)
Little River, Hampden County, 30 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (Dam below Cobble Mountain Reservoir to Northwest Road)
 Ski Areas Near Roaring Brook River:
Powder Ridge, Connecticut , 14 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Mount Southington, Connecticut , 24 miles away, 425 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Ski Sundown, Connecticut , 28 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Blandford, Massachusetts , 35 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 45 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Woodbury, Connecticut , 47 miles away, 300 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Pine Ridge, Massachusetts , 50 miles away, 200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 8 runs
Mohawk Mountain, Connecticut , 51 miles away, 640 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
Berkshire East, Massachusetts , 53 miles away, 1180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 57 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 10 lifts, 22 runs
 Marinas Near Roaring Brook River:
Seaboard Marina, South Glastonbury , 3 miles away
Hartford Yacht Club, Glastonbury , 4 miles away
Portland Riverside Marina, Portland , 6 miles away
Rock Landing Marina, Cromwell , 7 miles away
Midway Marina, Haddam , 13 miles away
 Beaches Near Roaring Brook River:
Dossin Park Beach, New Haven , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Roaring Brook River:
Homewood Suites By Hilton Hartford South-Glastonbury, Glastonbury , 4 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Hartford South-Glastonbury, Glastonbury , 4 miles away
Howard Johnson Express Inn - Rocky Hill, Rocky Hill , 5 miles away
Hampton Inn Rocky Hill, Rocky Hill , 5 miles away
Super 8 Hartford South - Rocky Hill, Rocky Hill , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Roaring Brook River:
Nelson's Family Campground, East Hampton, 6 miles away
Hurd State Park, Middle Haddam, 8 miles away
Markham Meadows Campgrounds, East Hampton, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Roaring Brook River:
Mattabesset Trail, Middlesex , 12 miles away
Washington Trail, Middlesex , 15 miles away
Mattabesset Trail, New Haven , 16 miles away
Metacomet Trail, Hartford , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Roaring Brook River:
Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor, Putnam - CT , 51 miles away
Fire Island National Seashore, Patchogue - NY , 51 miles away
Dinosaur State Park, Connecticut , 5 miles away
Hurd State Park, Connecticut , 8 miles away
Wadsworth Falls State Park, Connecticut , 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Roaring Brook River:
Quarry Ridge Golf Course, Portland , 4 miles away
Portland Golf Course, Portland , 4 miles away
Minnechaug Golf Course, Glastonbury , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Roaring Brook River
Pocotopaug Lake, Middlesex , 7 miles away
Lake Terramuggus, Hartford , 8 miles away
Risley Reservoir, Tolland , 10 miles away

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