Connecticut May 09, 2019
10 Amazing State Parks In Connecticut That Are Perfect For Your Next Kayaking Adventure
Now that the weather has warmed up, it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors. One of our favorite ways to take advantage of Connecticut’s stunning scenery is from the water top perch of a kayak. Gliding across a lake, pond, or river is a relaxing way to explore and see sights you just can’t take in from land. When you’re ready for your next kayaking adventure, these state parks offer the perfect spots for paddling.
1. Squantz Pond State Park, New Fairfield
Immerse yourself in a mountain-like setting as you paddle across Squantz Pond bordered by steep wooded slopes. The 270-acre pond boasts cool blue waters that reflect nature's beauty. Address: 178 Short Woods Road, New Fairfield, CT 06812.
2. Mount Tom State Park, Litchfield
Mount Tom State Park may be most popular for its scenic trail to the mountain top stone tower. However, this state park also offers kayaking and canoeing on the gorgeous Mount Tom Pond. Address: Route 202, Litchfield, CT 06759.
3. Bluff Point State Park, Groton
Explore the Poquonnock River and the Long Island Sound by kayak from Bluff Point State Park. Plenty of tiny coves makes this spot an excellent place for wildlife viewing. Address: 55 Depot Road, Groton, CT 06340.
4. Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam
Tour the Connecticut River from Eagle Landing State Park. Named for its winged visitors, this area of the river is known for eagle sightings and what better place to see them than from the water. Address: 19 Bridge Road, Haddam, CT 06438.
5. Farm River State Park, East Haven
Farm River State Park is small in size but big in beauty. Paddling the area will lead you alongside salt marshes and sandy shores with lots of scenic shorebird activity. Address: 121 Mansfield Grove Road, East Haven, CT 06512.
6. Gardner Lake State Park, Salem
The 528-acre Gardner Lake is a paddler's paradise. Smooth waters provide for an effortless tour around the circumference of this natural wonder. Address: 208 Old Colchester Road, Salem, CT 06420.
7. Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union
This popular state park and its adjoining state forest is a hiker's dream. But the pond offers picturesque paddling that takes some by surprise. Kayak or canoe for a peaceful escape. Address: 1242 CT-171, Union, CT 06076.
8. Hopeville Pond State Park, Griswold
First a cherished fishing ground for the Mohegan tribe and later a bustling mill site during pioneer times, this pond has always been a much-visited spot. Today you can fish, swim, canoe, or kayak at this lovely location. Address: 929 Hopeville Road, Griswold, CT 06351.
9. Mansfield Hollow State Park, Mansfield
The damming of the Natchaug River by the Army Corps of Engineers created a 500-acre lake at Mansfield Hollow State Park. The serene water surrounded by bountiful forest makes for an idyllic escape. Address: 151 Bassetts Bridge Road,
Mansfield, CT 06235.
10. Indian Well State Park, Shelton
Kayak your way up and down the Housatonic River from Indian Well State Park. After you're done, cool off with a swim or refuel with a picnic along the shady riverbank. Address: 1 Indian Well Road, Shelton, CT 06484.
Are you ready for your next kayaking adventure? Which park are you going to pick? You can check out even more of Connecticut’s amazing and lesser-known state parks