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Recreation Access

At the Connecticut River Conservancy, we believe that protecting the river and enjoying it goes hand in hand. That’s why CRC conducts projects to create safe river access points, provide educational or informative signage, and support paddlers, boaters, anglers, and recreational river enthusiasts. We are dedicated to promoting recreation opportunities on and around the waters in the Connecticut River watershed.

Woman paddling away on a pond with trees and green hills in the background, in Massachusetts.

Connecticut River Paddlers' Trail

CRC is a leading member of the collaborative that runs and maintains the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail (CRPT). With over 100 access points and 50 campsites, the CRPT provides a unique experience for boaters to travel along the river from source to sea.

Racer in a racing kayak on the Connecticut River, with a bridge in the background.

New England Paddlesports Championship

Calling all flatwater racers! The NEPC is an annual championship where racers from across the Northeast compete for honors with canoe, kayak, SUP, or surf ski on the Connecticut River between southwest New Hampshire and southeast Vermont. 

Connecticut River watershed map.

Maps & Guides of the Connecticut River

From navigation maps to help you traverse the river, to informational guides related to river safety, flows, campsites, and places to visit by boat, we have a range of resources to support recreation access for all.

People paddling on a river, with a kayak visible in the foreground, and stones/trees along the lefthand side.

River Access

CRC strives to promote and develop safe and equitable river access in the Connecticut River watershed. This involves creating accessible launch points, supporting educational programing to promote responsible recreation of all types, and prioritizing inclusivity across campsites and programs alike.

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Connecticut River Paddler's Trail Interactive Map

Download our app to access the 410-mile long Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail! Mostly meandering, but at times rushing forcefully, the Connecticut River flows past a diverse landscape of rich agricultural lands, rural communities, urban centers, and tidal marshes.

Source to Sea Journeys

Each year, a handful of paddling enthusiasts complete the 410-mile journey of traversing the entire Connecticut River, from Source to Sea. CRC celebrates these kayakers, canoeists and swimmers (just one so far) with certificates, stickers, and by highlighting their section paddles or through journeys!

If you have completed a journey of the Connecticut River and would like to share your story, contact us at the email below.

Kari Kastango, woman in the river in a swim cap and wetsuit raising her hand in a triumphant thumbs up.
The river provided me opportunities to practice letting go of misconceptions of myself, others and of the river, and being in the present moment more fully.
 
I am extremely grateful to everyone who has been involved with Connecticut River Conservancy since its inception. Their persistent efforts and commitment through the years made this swim possible!

Kari Kastango

First person to swim the entire length of the Connecticut River, 2018 - 2023

Paddler Recognition

Please review the list below to see who has made the incredible journey of traveling the 410-mile Connecticut River. Those who completed the Trail in one season are listed as “Through-Journey” paddlers. Those who completed the Trail in two or more seasons are called “Section-Journey” paddlers.

Through-Journeys

Wanda Kirker and Rick Bain (2022)
Mary Anderson (2022)
Gary Vollinger (2022)
Sarah and Scott Lancaster (2022)
Emily Nuckols (2021)
Ben Lynch (2021)
Mack Truax (2021)
Trey McPherson (2020)
Daniel Stevens (2020)
Cathleen (Mumford) Brennan (2019)
Andy Myers (2019)
Timothy Bertch and Mark Alexander (2018)
Ted & Ben Murray (2012)
Ed Terlik, Lenny Desrochers & Kenny Bihler  (2005)
Nancy and Tom Condon (2002)
Ted Jones (1982)
Tim Brocket (1979)
Dr. Joseph and Madeleine Davidson (1959)

Section-Journeys

Bridget Macdonald and Justin Fermann (2015-2022)
Tim Walsh (2021-2022)
Lucy Eyre (2018-20222)
Susan and Peter Craig (2020-2021)
Tim Lewis (2017-2020)
Harvey Hill (2017-2019)
Andrew and Karen Fisk’s JUMP IN JOURNEY (2017)
Brian and Matthew Fogg (2011, 2015)
Jeff Feldmann, Scott Larkham, Scott Stenberg, Ron Merriam and a dog name Abe (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Parker Lord and Jim Poole (2007, 2008)
John Sinton, Elizabeth Farnsworth, Wendy Sinton (2005, 2006)

Meet Gabriél

Gabrièl is CRC's Recreation and Restoration Program Manager. She is a passionate advocate for environmental conservation and outdoor recreation, with a deep love and appreciation for the Connecticut River watershed. With a background in environmental science and years of field experience, Gabrièl is dedicated to fostering a deeper connection between people and nature. When not in the office you’ll often find them paddling down the river, exploring local swimming holes, and encouraging folks to get out to see the water!  

Gabriél on a boat. Woman smiling on a boat on the Connecticut River with a sunset in the background.

For questions about recreation access or to share your source to sea journey, contact Gabriél at gchevalier- at - ctriver.org or call 413.772.2020 x210. 

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