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Canoeing the Housatonic RiverPaddle a six or ten mile section of the beautiful Housatonic River in Northwestern Connecticut.

This section is a mixture of moving flatwater and easy whitewater and is suitable for novice paddlers.

The famous Covered Bridge in West Cornwall marks the halfway point and is a nice place to have a picnic lunch (no glass bottles please!), or stop at one of the many scenic spots along the river.

Come to our shop in the morning and a van will take you to Falls Village. When you've completed your journey 10 miles downstream at Housatonic Meadows Picnic Area we'll pick you up and bring you back to our shop where hot showers are available.

Please note: Trip location and duration are adjusted to suit current river conditions

Things to Bring

  • Change of Clothes to Leave in Car
  • Sunscreen*
  • Insect Repellant*
  • Water Shoes*
  • Eyeglass strap*

*Available in our retail store.

Rental Rates

Canoe Rentals:

$60.00  (per canoe, seats 2)

$70.00  (per canoe, seats 2)

All rates include shuttle service & lifevest.
*Private guided trips are available for an additional fee

Advance reservations (1-2 weeks) are strongly recommended (earlier for large groups). We require a 50% reservation deposit to confirm your reservation. This may be done over the phone with a credit card.

Reservation deposits are fully refundable with 7 days cancellation notice minus a $10 processing fee. We run all trips rain or shine!

Clarke Outdoors reserves the right to cancel or move any trip due to river or weather conditions. We will not rent to persons who appear to be under the influence of alcohol.

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163 Route 7, West Cornwall, CT 06796 DOES NOT WORK FOR GPS!
(1 mile south of the covered bridge)
ph: 860-672-6365