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Whitewater Rafting Guide To River Trips

Housatonic River

Location: Northwestern Connecticut

Located in Northwestern Connecticut, just two hours from New York, the Housatonic River offers dramatic, fun springtime rafting and a quick escape from the concentrated energy of city life.

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Level of Difficulty: Class IV / Intermediate

The river’s Class IV rapids, including Flume, Pencil Sharpener, and Powerhouse Hole, are concentrated on the Bull’s Bridge Run.

Scenery and Hiking: Waterfalls along the Appalachian Trail

The scenery on the Housatonic includes waterfalls and an historic covered bridge near the put-in site. The river also passes by the famous Appalachian Trail, so obviously hiking opportunities are nearby for people looking for other outdoor activities in the region to do.

Season: Specific Dates in April and May

Springtime rain and snow melt fill the Housatonic River with a concentrated rush of whitewater during its brief season. Houstonic River rafting trips run on four dates in the spring.