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Connecticut whitewater, Sandy Brook River

Litchfield county, Route 183 Bridge to Route 8 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     5.6 miles
You may wish to add this link from Sandy Brook: http://www.ctxguide.com/ctxguide_135.htm Says Bryan McFarland

The Route 183 Bridge to Route 8 Bridge section of Sandy Brook River in Connecticut is 5.6 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV section. The average Connecticut whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many
    of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.
The scenic beauty of Litchfield County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The put-in location is a short drive from Torrington, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's good length for a morning trip. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general  
area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Route 183 Bridge to Route 8 Bridge section is one of them. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
A tour to Tolland State Forest when you're here at Sandy Brook River is never a bad idea, and you'll meet a lot of folks from Colebrook here. If you like skiing, you're in luck; Otis Ridge is in the neighborhood of Sandy Brook River, and a journey to Burr Pond State Park is a wonderful idea.

Sandy Brook River, Route 183 Bridge to Route 8 Bridge 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 Sandy Brook River.
 Whitewater Near Sandy Brook River:
Sandy Brook River, Litchfield County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 5.6 miles long (Route 183 Bridge to Route 8 Bridge)
Still River, Litchfield County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 0.1 miles long (Above Sandy Brook)
Farmington River, Litchfield County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 2 miles long (Hogback Road to Riverton)
Farmington River - Riverton, Litchfield County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 11 miles long (Riverton to Satan's Kingdom parking area)
Farmington River - West Branch, -blank- County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.25 miles long (Lower New Boston)
Farmington River - West Branch, Berkshire/ Hampden County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Upper New Boston)
Fall River, Berkshire County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 0.9 miles long (Otis Reservoir to Farmington River)
Hubbard River, Hampden County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 2.65 miles long (W Hartland Road to Route 20)
Farmington River - West Branch, Berkshire/ Hampden County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 5 miles long (Upper Upper New Boston)
Konkapot Brook, Berkshire County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 11 miles long (Mill River to Ashley Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Sandy Brook River:
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 10 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Ski Sundown, Connecticut , 11 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Blandford, Massachusetts , 15 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Mohawk Mountain, Connecticut , 18 miles away, 640 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 19 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 10 lifts, 22 runs
Mount Southington, Connecticut , 24 miles away, 425 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Woodbury, Connecticut , 24 miles away, 300 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 26 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Catamount, Massachusetts , 29 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 7 lifts, 29 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 32 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
 Marinas Near Sandy Brook River:
J and D Marina, Otis , 10 miles away
T & C Marina, East Otis , 10 miles away
 Beaches Near Sandy Brook River:
Litchfield Town Beach, Litchfield , 17 miles away
Morris Town Beach, Litchfield , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Sandy Brook River:
Manor House, Norfolk , 9 miles away
Rodeway Inn & Suites Torrington, Torrington , 9 miles away
Days Inn Torrington, Torrington , 10 miles away
Yankee Pedlar Inn, Torrington , 10 miles away
Tollgate Hill Inn, Litchfield , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sandy Brook River:
White Pines Campground, Winsted, 4 miles away
Austin Hawes Campground, Litchfield County, 5 miles away
Laurel Crest Campground, Litchfield County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Sandy Brook River:
County Road Trail, Hampden , 17 miles away
Mattatuck Trail, Litchfield , 18 miles away
Richard Trail, Hampden , 18 miles away
Link Trail, Hampden , 18 miles away
Wild Cat Trail, Berkshire , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sandy Brook River:
Fire Island National Seashore, Patchogue - NY , 64 miles away
Burr Pond State Park, Connecticut , 7 miles away
Tolland State Forest, Massachusetts , 7 miles away
John A. Minetto State Park, Connecticut , 8 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sandy Brook River:
Fairview Farm Golf Course, Harwinton , 13 miles away
Quarry Veiw Golf Course, Canaan , 15 miles away
Stonybrook Golf Course, Litchfield , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Sandy Brook River
Lemanquais Pond, Litchfield , 2 miles away
Lake Triangle, Litchfield , 2 miles away
West Hill Pond, Litchfield , 6 miles away

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