Connecticut River, MA, NH, VT

The Connecticut is a giagantic river stretching 4 states from Vermont to CT. River characteristics can be hard to define due to its size. Water levels can change quickly due to its large drainage basin. The river is a good place to go out canoeing, in many places its so wide that the feeling is similar to that of a lake. There are probably 100;s of put-ins along its banks making it very accesable. A large portion of New England rivers are actually tributaries of the Connecticut.

I have only canoed a small section of the river starting around White River Junction, VT The first 6-7 miles of the river from White River Junction are pretty fast but with no rapids. After this the river greatly slows down and becomes more of a lake. However at parts it is very shallow, sometimes you can even touch the bottom while in the middle. The consistency is sandy and muddy so if you go swimming you will likely be covered by a small layer of so after.

Trip Reports:

Trip Report 2
Trip Report 3

General Information:

Information and some pictures
Wikipedia Entry

Maps:

Connecticut River Watershed Map
Simple map showing the Rivers location in Connecticut
MA portion of the river
Detailed Map with Tributaries
Wikipedia Entry
Detailed Maps of all River sections
Historic Scanned Map Collection
Camp Site Locations
Canoeing Info
One of the best Ways to plan your trip is call the Locals

 

 

Start Location: There is a spot here for 2-3 cars and easy access to the water.

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End Location: This is about 30 miles down river. NOT an easy paddle. There are many access points along this river, this is just one of them, and the one we used.

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Connecticut River Canoeing and Kayaking

Connecticut River Canoeing and Kayaking

Connecticut River Canoeing and Kayaking

Connecticut River Canoeing and Kayaking

Connecticut River Canoeing and Kayaking

Connecticut River Canoeing and Kayaking

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