"In the woods is perpetual youth" - Emerson

Kayaking and Water Sports

CT/MA Kayaks/Canoes

CT AMC Whitewater (Connecticut's Appalachian Mountain Club)

The Glass Kayak (Haddam, CT kayak teacher/expert)

Conn Yak  (Connecticut Sea Kayakers.)

Housatonic Valley Paddle Club  (Join in for some relaxing adventures with a group of friendly people.)

Clarke Outdoors  
(West Cornwall -- Housatonic River white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing.)

Kayak Adventures  
 (Norwalk and tours of Long Island Sound)

Main Stream Kayaks & Canoes  (New Hartford -- Farmington River white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing.)

Connecticut Coastal Access Guide

Massachusetts's canoe/kayak info

Berkshire Canoe Tours (Housatonic River outings in Berkshire County, MA.)

Berkshire Rowing and Sculling Society (Pittsfield, MA)

Zoar Outdoor (Charlemont, MA, whitewater rafting and kayaking)

Crab Apple Whitewater (whitewater Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont)


Candlewood Lake (Brookfield, Danbury, New Milford, New Fairfield, Sherman...buy day passes at any town beach)

Lake Lillinonah (New Milford, Bridgewater, Southbury, Roxbury...buy day passes at any town beach)

Lake Waramaug (New Preston)

Lake Zoar (Newtown, Sandy Hook, Stevenson, Southbury...buy day passes at any town beach)

Ocean/Long Island Sound
Hammonasset State Park (Madison, CT)

Sherwood Island State Park (Westport, CT)

Silver Sands State Park (Milford, CT)

"Swimmng Holes"
Black Rock State Park (Watertown, CT)

Burr Pond (Torrington, CT state park)

Indian Well State Park (Shelton, CT)

Kettleton State Park (Southbury, CT)

Mt. Tom State Park (Litchfield/Bantaam, CT)

Squantz Pond State Park (New Fairfield, CT)  (Unbelievably crowded (and sometimes closed because of it) on weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Massachusetts's swimming spots
Beartown State Forest

Clarkstown State Park

CT River Greenway

DAR State Forest

Hampton Ponds Park

October Moutain

Pittsfield State Forest

Sandisfield State Forest

Savoy State Forest

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NY Kayaks/Canoes
(many NYC kayak spots offer free outings)

Manhattan Kayak Company

New York City Downtown Boathouse

Inwood Canoe Club

New York Outrigger

Manhattan Boathouse

Village Boathouse

North Brooklyn Boat Club

Hoboken Boathouse

NY Boats

NYC Harbor Parks

Great Champlain-Hudson River Paddle

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
(Pete Seeger's 106-foot tall sailing festival)

Hudson River Boat and Yacht Club
(info on all types of boating along lower Hudson)

Adventure Sports Whitewater Rafting Company

NY River Sports

Atlantic Kayak Tours  
(Peekskill, NY -- Sea kayaking on the Hudson River as well as dozens of other destinations. Beginner to Advanced.)

Mid Hudson Rowing Association (Poughkeepsie, NY)

Indian Head Canoes and Rafts (Delaware River - Barryville, NY and Matamoras, PA)

Lander's River Trips (New York state - Delaware River trips)

Whitewater Tubing (New York state)

Catskill Streams

The Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club

Hudson River Cruises

Hudson River Lighthouses

Showdows Marina Poughkeepsie

Haverstraw, NY Marina

Hudson River Recreation

Hudson Highlands Cruises

Sebago Canoe Club

Long Island City Community Boathouse

Croton Sailing School

Croton Point Park

Rockland Lake State Park

NY Boat Launching Sites

New York Sailing School

Walkway Over the Hudson


Schooner Sound Learning  203-865-1737  (New Haven -- Set sail on the 91 ft. Quinnipiac schooner and learn about the ocean by actively participating.)

SoundWaters  203-323-1978
(Stamford -- Take a 2 hour ecology tour on the sailing ship SoundWaters across the Long Island Sound. 80 ft. replica)

Long Island Sound Ferry Rides
Sheffield Island Ferry  203.854.4656
(South Norwalk -- Take a ride out to Sheffield Island Lighthouse.)

Norwalk Seaport Association  203-838-9444
(Norwalk -- Orginazation that is designed to educate and promote Long Island Sound region. Click "Sheffield Island" link for info about ferry ride.)

West Cove Marina

Boat Rides/Rentals
Hamilton Adventures
(413) 245-2804
Water ski lessons and boat rides in Holland, MA.

Echo Bay Marina  (203) 775-7077
(Brookfield -- Candlewood Lake ski boats and pontoon rentals)

Gerard's Waters Edge Marina
(860) 350-2628
(New Milford -- Candlewood Lake ski boats and pontoon rentals)

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