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Kayaking with Clarke OutdoorsPaddle 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 and is a nice spot 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.

Things to Bring

  • change of clothes to leave in car
  • towel
  • suntan lotion*
  • bug repellant*
  • old sneakers or water shoes*
  • eyeglass strap*
  • rain gear (if needed)*
  • wool sweater (if needed)
  • waterproof camera*

*Available in our retail store.

Rental Rates

Sit-Yaks (First timers welcome!)
(1 person)

Rentals: $40.00/person weekends 

                $35.00/person weekdays 

Sit-Yaks are similar to kayaks but you sit on them instead of in them. They're stable, and are great fun for beginners but you should be a good swimmer.

Whitewater Kayak (experience required!)
(1 person)

Rentals: $50.00/person  (includes all equipment)


  • $125.00/person (3+ people)  (rental included)
  • $250.00/person  (rental included)

All rates include shuttle service & lifevest.
*Guided trips are available for an additional $150/$95

Schedule of Shuttles
Our vans leave our shop to bring you to the river at the following times. PLEASE ARRIVE 20-30 MINUTES PRIOR to shuttle departure. Pickups are every 1/2 hour throughout the afternoon.

10 mile trip @ 10:30
6 mile trip @ 1:30

10 mile trip @ 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30
6 mile trip @ 1:30

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 if desired.

Reservation deposits are fully refundable with 5 days cancellation notice. In case of rain, you may transfer your deposit to another day.

A Security Deposit of $50 or a credit card is required at the time of rental. When rented equipment is returned, in signed-for condition, security deposit may be picked up.

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