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Last Updated: 4/2018
Stevenson Dam, Monroe to Sunnyside Park, Shelton

Description


STATISTICS

Skill Level:          Class 1 and 2
Estimated Time:   3 hours
Distance:            9.2 miles

USGS Maps: Southbury, CT, Long Hill, CT, Ansonia, CT


[1] Stevenson Dam Portage - Mile 20.3 to 20.1
Take-Out Position: 41-22.90 N 41-10.49 W
Take-Out Address: 175 Roosevelt Drive, Monroe, CT 06468
Put-In Position: 41-22.96 N 71-10.13 W
Put-In Address: 240 Roosevelt Drive, Monroe, CT 06418
 
Portage:
       Total distances 0.35 miles.  Take out at the town paved boat ramp located on a busy paved road.  Follow the paved road to a turn off just before the road crosses the dam. Follow this paved road until is becomes gravel and ends.  Put in where is it easiest.
Follow this portage trail whose entrance is next to a Kios.
Take-Out river right at the Monroe boat ramp.
The last part of the portage is paved down to the river.
Follow the main road toward the dam being careful of traffic.  Cross over and follow this service road below the dam.
The river drops over 40 feet behind this dam.
[2]  Keith Mitchell Forest Canoe Access - Mile 18.0
Position:  41-21.88 N 72-08.43 W
Boat Launch:
 This Canoe/Kayak Launch was built by Dustin Zrelak and Justin Gittings as part of their requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout in 2011. The work of these two Scouts will benefit the people of Seymour into the future.
Nearest Address: 
 329 Roosevelt Drive, Seymour, CT 06483
Enter this little park area with parking.
Carry your car top boat down to this small stream that enters the river.
Launch and paddle under the road bridge to the river.
[3] Indian Well State Park - Boat Ramp - Mile 16.0
Position: 41-20.44 N 73-07.44 W
Boat Launch:
State boat launch for all types of boats.
Nearest Address: 
1 Indian Well Road, Shelton, CT 06484
Indian Well State Park
Tunr right at this sign to access the park.
The boat ramp is excellent but you may have to pay a fee to access.
[4] Derby Dam Portage - Mile 14.6 to 14.3
Take-Out Position: 41-22.90 N 41-10.49 W
Take-Out Address: 284 Roosevelt Drive, Derby, CT 06418
Put-In Position: 41-22.96 N 71-10.13 W
Put-In Address:   255 Roosevelt Drive, Derby, CT 06418​ 
Portage:
       Total distances 0.5 miles.  Take out at the vacant lot.  Follow the Roosevelt Drive toward the dam.  Continue until you find the bridge over the canal.  Cross the canal and travel toward the dam until you reach the fishing access area.  Follow the path down below the dam and launch where the water is calm.
3. At the first bridge over the canal cross and head back up to the dam.
1. Take-Out here above the Yale Boathouse at this empty lot.
4. Arrive at this parking area leased by the state for access.
2. Follow the road toward the dam past the Yale Boathouse, down the road along the canal.  
5. Follow the trail down to the river below the dam.
[5]  O'Sullivans Island Recreation Park - Mile 13.1
Position:   41-18.90 N 73-05.15 W
Boat Launch:
Travel past the Sewage Treatment Plant. Next driver over the multi-use trail. Last pass under the Commodore Isaac Hull Memorial Bridge to the paved boat ramp and parking area.
Nearest Address: 
  1 Caroline Street, Derby, CT
Enter this little park area with parking.
Carry your car top boat down to this small stream that enters the river.
Launch and paddle under the road bridge to the river.
[6]  Sunnyside Park - Mile 11.0
Position:  41-17.41 N 73-04.16 W
Boat Launch:
 This park and its paved boat ramp is easy access from River Road.  There is a portable toilet and picnic area.
Nearest Address: 
 418 River Road, Shelton, CT 06484
Enter this little park area with parking.
Carry your car top boat down to this small stream that enters the river.
Launch and paddle under the road bridge to the river.