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The Paddlers' Trail is a series of primitive campsites and access points from the river’s headwaters south to Long Island Sound. It is managed by a group of partner organizations who collaborate with trail development and stewardship. This website is designed to serve as a gateway for those seeking to explore the river. Have a great journey!

River Etiquette

The future of the Paddlers’ Trail depends on good river etiquette and campsite stewardship.

While most of the river shore is privately-owned, a number of generous landowners have agreed to host the public at primitive campsites on their land. Before heading out on the water, please review the trail’s paddler etiquette guidelines posted on the website and at many of the campsites. If you witness users disrepectful of these guidelines, please contact the appropriate site steward. Thank you!

Promote Better Water Quality In Connecticut

Did you know? Waste water going into rivers in Connecticut is typically only disinfected for bacteria from May 1 - September 30. You can help us document river use so CT DEEP can see the true need for river protection all year long.

Send us photos of you using any CT river from October - April and we will share them with CT DEEP scientists. This evidence will be useful as they find the balance between protecting river users and the negative impacts of disinfection (typically from chlorine). CT DEEP is revising their clean water standards this year so it's important to act now.

Connecticut River Paddlers' Trail WaterProof Recreation Map and Guide

$9.95

Available now! The most complete and river-ready resource for your river adventures. This map covers the river from its headwaters 280 miles south to the Massachusetts border, and includes all access points, campsites, portage trails, and information on the area natural and cultural history.

Developed by the NorthWoods Stewardship Center, the Vermont River Conservancy, and the Vermont Department of Forest Parks and Recreation in partnership with the award winning Wilderness Map Company, this beautiful and function map is fit for both your kayak cockpit AND your coffee table.

$9.95
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