About Paddling

Paddling the Naugatuck River

The Naugatuck River is a well-known kayak and canoe spot for many outdoor enthusiasts in Connecticut.  Depending on the time of year and recent rainfall conditions, the river can range from a relatively shallow, boulder laden gentle paddle to a swift ride through rapids.  During your journey, be sure to keep an eye out for the wide variety of birds, fish, and other wildlife that call the Naugatuck home!
Paddlers should be aware that sections of the river do contain rapids.  These sections are dangerous, and can be lethal to even the best paddlers after heavy rain events.  Make sure to always scout your paddle route before you head out and to not attempt sections above your experience and skill level.  Read this article in the Waterbury Observer to learn more about the dangers of paddling unprepared.