Housatonic River Reach 15

Last Updated: 4/2018
         Skill Level:            Class 1 & 2 in small sections
         Estimated Time:    3.5 hours
         Distance:               9.2 miles
         USGS Map:  Ellsworth, CT and Kent, CT (7.5’x15’)
Housatonic Meadows State Park to
                                               Kent School Launch, Kent
Housatonic Meadows State Park
        Located in the rock-strewn valley of the Housatonic River amid the rugged hills of the northwestern uplands, Housatonic Meadows is an ideal setting for a variety of outdoor recreational activities. Camping under the tall pines on the riverbank gives the overnight visitor a genuine back-to-nature feeling. The clear, cold river water also provides a fine opportunity for fly fishermen to test their skills on trout and bass. A two-mile stretch of river (including the park shore) is limited to fly fishing. In 1927 Housatonic Meadows was established as a state park.
       The Campgroud offers 61 sites in a rustic setting near the Housatonic River.  The camping season begins in mid-May and ends Columbus Day at noon. There are showers and bathrooms.  For more information try the link below:

Housatonic Meadows
Trail Map
[1] Housatonic Meadows State Park - 67.9
Position: 41-57.43 N 73-22.20 W
Boat Launch:
State Park paved boat launch. Portable Toilets available.
Nearest Address: 
230 Dugway Rd, Falls Village, CT 06031
Put-In Directions ( 16.6 miles, 22 minutes)
From the center of Caanan Ct at the intersection of Route 7 and Route 44.
  1. At the stop light, take Route 44 East/Route 7 South
  2. At mile 0.3, at the stop light, turn right on Route 7 South. (McDonalds is on one of the corners.)
  3. Travel south passing Falls Village on your left.  Eventually the river will be on your left as you travel south on Route 7.
  4. At mile 12.5 you will pass a Covered Bridge on your left.  Continue south on Route 7.
  5. At mile 16.6, turn left into Housatonic Meadows State Park.
  6. Followed the paved road to the left after the entrance and into the wooded area.  There is a paved boat launch with plenty of parking.​​
The concrete ramp is sometimes covered in mud.
Plenty of parking for vehicles.
A converted utility trailer carrys a group of boats.
The concrete ramp is sometimes covered in mud.
[2] Kent School Launch  Mile 58.7
Position:  41-43.63 N 73-28.88 W
Boat Launch:
Grass car top boat launch.  Do not interfere with school activities.
Nearest Launch Address:
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Put-In Directions (8.3 miles, 17 minutes):
From center of Kent where Route 341 and Route 7 cross at a stop light:
  1. Head West on Route 341.
  2. Cross over the Housatonic River.
  3. At mile 0.3, turn right onto Skiff Mountain Road.
  4. The lauch area is immediately on your right almost under the bridge.
The school launch area has a floating dock.
Launch or Take-Out at the shore near the grass.  The dock is private.
Route 341 Bridge, Kent - Mile 58.7
Position: 41-43.60 N 73-28.90 W
Boat Launch:
Launch at Kent School below the bridge on the west side.
Nearest Address:
1 Skiff Mountain Rd, Kent, CT 06757
Put-In Directions ( miles, minutes)

Kent School
        Kent is a leading secondary school with a rich tradition and history since its founding in 1906.
     The Kent experience — learning, growing, making friends — will change your life. You will be prepared here for the rigors of college and will become increasingly ready to think about your vocation and possible careers. You will share in the joy of being a member of a close-knit community and learn the importance of serving others.
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