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Connecticut whitewater, Salmon River

New London county, Old Route 2 to covered bridge at Highway 16 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     4.6 miles
THe fishermen aren't nice here, especially in the Fly fishing area, we caught a lot of heck from them last year. MAde the trip no fun, I won't return. Try the Farmington instead....it's just bigger withmore room for everyone. Says Kaykay2

You may wish to add the following link from the Salmon River page:http://www.ctxguide.com/ctxguide_117.htm Says Bryan McFarland

This stretch of Salmon River is 4.6 miles long and has been determined
    by American Whitewater to be a class II section. The beautiful scenery of New London County and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. On this section you do get some distance, good for a one day
paddling trip. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Connecticut is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with not too many other rivers for that. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. If you're coming from Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford it's not a  
long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Old Route 2 to covered bridge at Highway 16 section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Salmon River without visiting Haddam Meadows State Park, and during your trip here you'll meet some folks from Marlborough for sure. A tour to Salmon River wouldn’t be complete without a visit to close by Gay City State Park.

Salmon River, Old Route 2 to covered bridge at Highway 16 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

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Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Salmon River.
 Whitewater Near Salmon River:
Salmon River, New London County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 4.6 miles long (Old Route 2 to covered bridge at Highway 16)
Roaring Brook River, Hartford County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Cold Brook Road to Route 17)
Hammonasset River, Middlesex/ New Haven County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 2 miles long (Summer Hill Road to Green Hill Road)
Natchaug River, Tolland/ Windham County, 24 miles away
      Class II-IV - 0.9 miles long (England Road to Route 198)
Farmington River, Hartford County, 26 miles away
      Class II-III - 1.5 miles long (Route 18 to Highway 187)
 Ski Areas Near Salmon River:
Powder Ridge, Connecticut , 21 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Mount Southington, Connecticut , 34 miles away, 425 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Ski Sundown, Connecticut , 39 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Blandford, Massachusetts , 46 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Pine Ridge, Massachusetts , 48 miles away, 200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 8 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 56 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Woodbury, Connecticut , 57 miles away, 300 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Wachusett Mountain, Massachusetts , 61 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Berkshire East, Massachusetts , 62 miles away, 1180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Mohawk Mountain, Connecticut , 62 miles away, 640 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
 Marinas Near Salmon River:
Midway Marina, Haddam , 7 miles away
Andrews Marina, Haddam , 7 miles away
Chrisholm Marina, Chester , 8 miles away
Hays Haven Marina, Chester , 9 miles away
Chester Point Marina, Chester , 9 miles away
 Beaches Near Salmon River:
Middle Beach, Middlesex , 16 miles away
Quotonset Beach, Middlesex , 16 miles away
Stannard Beach, Middlesex , 16 miles away
Chapman Beach, Middlesex , 16 miles away
Chalker Beach, Middlesex , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Salmon River:
Manchester Inn, Manchester , 12 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Manchester - Hartford CT, Manchester , 13 miles away
Days Inn Vernon, Vernon , 13 miles away
Red Roof Inn Hartford-Vernon, Vernon , 13 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Manchester , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Salmon River:
Markham Meadows Campgrounds, East Hampton, 3 miles away
Grandview Camp Resort and Cottages, Moodus, 4 miles away
Nelson's Family Campground, East Hampton, 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Salmon River:
Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor, Putnam - CT , 43 miles away
Fire Island National Seashore, Patchogue - NY , 52 miles away
Haddam Meadows State Park, Connecticut , 7 miles away
Gay City State Park, Connecticut , 8 miles away
Gillette Castle State Park, Connecticut , 8 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Salmon River:
Blackledge Country Club, Hebron , 5 miles away
Chanticlair Public Golf Course, Colchester , 6 miles away
Tallwood Country Club, Hebron , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Salmon River
Moodus Reservoir, Middlesex , 3 miles away
Lake Terramuggus, Hartford , 4 miles away
Pocotopaug Lake, Middlesex , 5 miles away

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