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Last Updated: 8/2018
Rainbow Reservoir (9.0) to The River Mouth (0.0)
NOTE:  It is nearly impossible to take-out at the mouth of the river.  Travel south along the island at the mouth of the river then cross over the Connecticut River to the South Windsor Take-Out. (The USGS Map below ends less than a tenth of a mile above this take-out.
STATISTICS
 
Skill Level:            Class 1 & Class 2
Estimated Time:   3 hours
Reach Distance:  8.5 miles 
USGS Map:  Windsor Locks, CT, Hartford North, CT
 [1] Rainbow Reservoir State Boat Launch -Mile 9.0
Position: 41-54.85 N 72-42.29 W
Altitude: 95 feet
Boat Launch:
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Follow the paved road to the boat ramp.  Plenty of parking even vehicles with trailers. The ramp is good for all types of boats.
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Nearest Launch Address:
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Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 4.3 miles 7 minutes)
From Interstate 91 Exit 40 for Route 20 West toward Bradley International Airport:
  1. At mile 2.3, take the Hamilton Road South exit.
  2. At mile 2.5, at the stop sign, turn left onto Hamilton Road.
  3. ​At mile 2.7, at the stop sign, turn right onto Rainbow Road.
  4. At mile 3.8, turn left onto Merriman Road.
  5. At mile 4.1, turn left at the small brown boat ramp sign.
  6. At mile 4.3, at the end of the dirt road, arrive at boat ramp.
Follow the paved entrance road 0.3 miles to this parking area.
This State Boat Ramp is good for all types of boats.
 [4] Pleasant Street Boat Launch - Mile 1.5
Position: 41-51.43 N 72-38.43 W
Altitude: 20 feet
Boat Launch:
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Nearest Launch Address:
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Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 2.0 miles 4 minutes)
From Interstate 91 take exit 38 for Route 75 toward Poquonock:
  1. At the end of the ramp, turn southeast on Route 75 South.
  2. At mile 1.3, turn left onto Pleasant Street.
  3. ​At mile 1.9, turn left into a small park, parking, boat ramp area.
If you are approaching down the river by boat, remember that the access is close on river-right.
This large parking lot is also used for the small park.
This paved ramp is good for all types of boats.
[2] Rainbow Dam Portage - Mile 8.5
Positions
       Take-Out: 41-54.86 N 72-41.65 W
       Altitude: 95 feet
       Put- In: 
       Altitude: 43 feet
Description: 
Take out above the dam on river-right. We have not fully researched this portage.   Put-In below the dam.
Nearest Launch Address:  
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A Close up of the Portage
[5] South Windsor Boat Ramp -
                               Connecticut River Mile 54.5
Position: 41-49.76 N 72-38.13 W
Altitude: 16 feet
Boat Launch:
  • Turn off Main Street where the sign says "Water Polution Control Facility" on to Vibert Road.
  • Vibert Road is gravel from the Treatment Plant to the river. It's about half a mile to the boat ramp.
  • Parking for at least 10 vehicle and trailers.
  • Trailers may be difficult to launch.  As of 2018 there was considerable mud on the ramp from high spring waters.
Nearest Launch Address:
Vibert Road, South Windsor, CT 06074
After traveling past farm fields you will arrive at this parking.
This ramp is muddy and would be very difficult with a trailer.
 [3] Strawberry Hills Park Access - Mile 6.3
Position: 41-54.08 N 72-40.22 W
Altitude: 33 feet
Boat Launch:
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2DStartFragment%2D%2D%3ESmall park with parking for six vehicles.  Car top launch only.  Note, during periods of low water, this area can be "scratchy". Better launching times may be around 12:00 pm when water is typically released from the reservoir.
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Nearest Launch Address:
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Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 3.6 miles 5 minutes)
From Interstate 91 Exit 40 for Route 20 toward Bradley International Airport:
  1. At mile1.8, take the Route 75 exit toward  Suffield / Poquonock.
  2. At mile 2.0, at the stop light, turn left onto Route 75 South/Ella Grasso Turnpike.
  3. ​At mile 3.1, at the stop light, turn left onto River Street.
  4. At mile 3.5, turn right onto Old River Street.
  5. At mile 3.6, turn right into Strawberry Hills Park.  Unload your car top boat in the small parking lot.
This parking is right next to the river.
Take your car top boat down to the river and launch.