The Saugatuck River watershed begins just south of Danbury, as a small stream and winds through the woodlands of Weston, Redding and Westport. The northern sections of the river of the river are especially clean and include Saugatuck Falls Nature Area, The Saugatuck Reservoir and Devils Glen Park . Check out the diving at Devils Glen. This northern area of the river is enjoyed by fly fishermen from far and wide. As you get closer to Westport you begin to see some lovely homes along the river and then the river flows through downtown Westport and open to Westport Harbor and Long Island Sound. The river is a wonderful blend of near virgin forest and carefully developed suburban Connecticut. click here for photo tour
The Shepaug River begins in Warren and winds it’s way 26 miles south through Washington, Roxbury and Southbury where it joins the Housatonic River at Lake Lillinonah. There are many sections of the river, that a paddler can enjoy a feeling of being in the wild. You might first see the river from your room at the Riverview Bed & Breakfast in Roxbury or if you are more adventurous try a whitewater kayak trip This area of Connecticut offers plenty to do and an abundance of senic beauty…..enjoy. Nearby are Mount Tom State Park the lovely village of Washington Depot the rather posh Mayflower Inn and Spa the Hopkins Inn and so much more
Much of the about nine miles of Pomperaug River is well suited for a gentle canoe or kayak paddle . The trip is mostly surrounded by fields and woodland but also goes through Heritage Village condos and golf course. The river empty’s into Lake Zoar and is navigable by power boat for about a mile, north of the mouth .
Connecticut River Click here for a town by town photo tour
When Mark Twain wrote most of his books he lived in Hartford Connecticut and reflected on the Mississippi and the Connecticut Rivers. You can cruise on a large yacht from the mouth of the river in Old Saybrook for over 40 miles to Hartford. The river provides very scenic cruising and ample opportunity for stopping at charming waterfront towns. You have sheltered cruising and access to open water. Among the places to visit, you might want to include the, The Connecticut River Museum the Goodspeed Opera House the Essex Steam Train which runs along the western shore, or possibly Gillette Castle If you are traveling by boat you could try the Saybrook Marina Inn and Spa or Chrisholm Marina in Chester. I have listed below each Connecticut River town, starting from the mouth of the river at Old Saybrook and proceeding north to Hartford, each town has a web link.
Old Saybrook Old Lyme Essex Deep River Chester East Haddam
Haddam Middletown Portland Rocky Hill Wethersfield Hartford
Housatonic River…..Lower Section click here to view ptoto tour
From the mouth of the Housatonic River in Stratford to Derby is about a 12 mile cruise and can be done in a yacht or a kayak. Once you pass the breakwater and get into the large open harbor, you are well protected from wind and waves and you have many choices of marinas and waterfront restaurants to enjoy. If you have a larger boat you do have to deal with the route 1 drawbridge and the railroad drawbridge but that’s just part of most any river cruise. If you visit the river in the fall, you just might be able to catch River Lights , another lovely diversion is a visit to Great Meadows Marsh Park or if you are more interested in beaches, then its off to Long Beach When its time to eat, you might want to enjoy waterfront dining at Outriggers or Knapps Landing or maybe the beachfront Roadway Inn or possibly Assaggio Ristorante The list of marina’s is a bit long but here we go Brewers , Marina At The Dock , Browns Boat Works , Housatonic Marina , Pauls Diesel Service , Pootatuck Yacht Club and Knapps Landing at the mouth of the river. If you happen to be around the river, on Memorial Day, you really should catch the air show at the Sikorsky Airfield.