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Pequabuck River - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Day Trip Report
Trip Dates: June 30, 2013
Nearest City: Hartford, CT
Difficulty: Easy
Submitted by: mrmannerz


I followed the earlier posted report on this river (refer to it for driving directions). I went solo in a canoe and the river is probably better suited to canoes.

On this trip, the river had a 2 to 1 current - 2 hours up, one hour back down. The river meanders tightly through forests and wetland meadows, set down most often in 3 foot high cut banks. I did not see any building until I was two hours upstream and I saw no one after leaving the put-in. The bottom is sandy and usually 2 feet or more in depth.

It took 1 hour to reach the riffles below Route 6. I waded and pulled the canoe 50 yards up the inside of the bend in shin-deep water and found that the river pooled just below the bridge. There is a strainer on the outside of this bend, so use some caution. The gravel bar here could also be portaged into the pool, easily.

The current was a bit faster above Route 6 and the river narrowed more. There was also more downed timber in the water, but nothing too difficult to maneuver around and nothing that I saw as particularly hazardous.

I continued another hour upstream from Route 6 where I found both the right and left forks to have bank to bank downed trees. In both cases, they could be clambered over or around... I saved that for a later trip.

I was out for just about 3 hours and thought it to be an excellent short trip.

Here's a link to my blog report, with photos:


Meadow Road, just west of Route 10. It was easy to find.
See previous posting for more info.

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