Map numbers refer to river features and launch sites listed below. Be sure to check the USGS Willimantic River real-time stream gauge when you are planning a trip. Because river conditions and launches may change over time, using information in this guide is at the sole risk of the user.
for experienced river paddlers
Location: Access only from the river at a mile below Depot Road bridge. Look for large midriver rock. After 250 yards stay left in Class 2 rapids. Watch for eddy and sandy landing on left for 2 or 3 boats. Distance from start: 9.2 miles. River access only.
Location: South side of Merrow Road, .3 miles west of Route 32; Distance from Start: 10.8 miles; Vehicle Parking: Excellent; River Access: Very Good; Comments: On east side of river - at Merrow Meadow Park. Steps to launch site by bridge.
Location: Immediately below Merrow Bridge, on the west side; Distance from Start: 10.8 miles; Access from River: Very Good; Comments: Nice sandy shore with several pull-out locations. Good place for a lunch stop! A Joshua's Trust preserve.
Location: North side of Plains Road .2 miles south of Route 32; Distance from Start: 13.7 miles; Vehicle Parking: Good/limited; River Access: Excellent; Comments: East side of river. Easy carry to launch 200 feet north of Plains Road in sheltered bay.
Canoe and kayak features provided by the Willimantic River Yacht Club in May, 2010. Additional information provided by the Willimantic River Alliance.