Housatonic River Reach 16

Last Updated: 4/2018
Kent School Launch, Kent to Candlewood Power Plant


Kent School to Bull Bridge
     The stretch of four miles of river from the Kent School all the way to Bulls Bridge Take-Out is smooth flat area.  It will seem alot like paddling a lake.   Route 7 follows closely on river left (east shore) for more than half of this section.  Enjoy the lazy paddle.

Bulls Bridge Portage - 0.4 miles
        There are warnings not to travel further than the north end of the Bulls Bridge Island.  It's important to know that there are two dams, one on each side of the island.
        The take out is at the north end of the island. Travel to the left side of the island and take out a very short distance from the north end. Follow the trail south for 0.4 miles and put in just above the covered bridge.
        If this is your take out, then continue to the road, cross the covered bridge.  The parking area is on your right just before the intersection with Route 7.

Bulls Bridge to Candlewood Power Plant
       It is possible to put in below the dam but often the water level is very low because the redirecting of the water for power.  Also, there can be difficult Class 2 and Class 3 rapids with numerous rocks and ledge.  If you do not want to attempt travel through the rocky and difficult area below Bulls Bridge, consider using transport to move your boat(s) from Bulls Bridge to the Candlewood Power Plant Put-In.

       Do not attempt to take the power canal that leads to Cedar Hill Pond.  All this area is No Tresspassing for very good reasons.  The level of this pond can change at any time as the water may drop into the power plant. 


Skill Level:            Class 1 & 2 in small sections
Estimated Time:    2.5 hours
Distance:               6.6 miles
USGS Maps: Kent, CT and Dover Planes, NY-CT

Bulls Bridge Island Take-Out - Mile 54.7
          Position: 41-40.75 N 73-30.50 W
          Nearest Address:
                     248 Bulls Bridge Rd, South Kent, CT 06785
          Put-In Directions ( miles, minutes)

Bulls Bridge Island Put-In - Mile 54.3
          Position: 41-40.55 N 73-30.57 W
          Nearest Address:
                     248 Bulls Bridge Rd, South Kent, CT 06785

[2] Bulls Bridge Island Portage - Mile 54.7 to 54.3
Take-Out Position: 41-40.75 N 73-30.50 W
Put-In Position:      41-40.55 N 73-30.57 W
Nearest Address: 
248 Bulls Bridge Road, South Kent, CT 06785

Take out at the north end of the island.  Follow the trail for 0.4 mile close to the covered bridge.

Boat Launch:
Difficult put because you are immediately in Class 3 rapids.  Scouting is madatory before launching. (Use Candlewood Power Plant as alternate Put-In)

Put-In Directions ( 3.9 miles, 6 minutes)
From the center of Kent Ct at the intersection of Route 7 and Route 341.
  1. At the stop light, take Route 7 South.
  2. At mile 3.9, turn right onto Bulls Bridge Road.
  3. Parking is immediately after turning on your left.
  4. Walk over the covered bridge and take the trail on your right down to the river.
A view of Bulls Bridge.
[1] 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.
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.
        The School’s curriculum is at once ancient and modern, as it embraces all the liberal arts, including experiential learning in numerous fields. There is a comfortable balance here between academics and the many other activities that enrich one’s life. The School is also committed to helping you develop a spiritual life. St. Joseph’s Chapel stands at the center of our beautiful campus.
     Kent is a special place. We invite you to come for a tour and interview and to meet the friendly students and talented faculty here. Please enjoy our website by clicking below:
Kent School
[3] Candlewood Power Plant Put-In - Mile 52.1
Position: 41-39.50 N 73-29.53 W
Boat Launch:
2.2 Mile from Bulls Run Parking Lot to Power Plant.
Nearest Address: 
838 Kent Road, Gaylordsville, CT 06755

Put-In Directions ( 1.6 miles, 3 minutes)
From the intersection of Bulls Bridge Road and Route 7 in Kent.
  1. Take Route 7 South.
  2. At mile 1.5, pass a tall light yellow building on your left.
  3. At mile 1.6, across from Grove Road, turn right down the paved driveway for the Power Plant.
  4. Launch or Take-Out just down river of the plant.
Gravel parking area for car top launching.
Candlewood Power Plant