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Lake Zoar and Housatanic River - Southford, CT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member KDubs
N 41° 25.491 W 073° 12.376
18T E 649885 N 4587473
Quick Description: The canoe/kayak launch is accessed from Kettletown State Park
Location: Connecticut, United States
Date Posted: 9/25/2009 4:52:03 PM
Waymark Code: WM7A1V
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member nfa
Views: 5

Long Description:
Kettletown State Park is open from dusk until dawn and as a kayak/canoe launching area with parking. There is no fee to enter the park.

The initial body of water is Lake Zoar which connects to the Housatanic River, which runs through central Connectivut.

Lake Zoar is very calm as is the Housatanic. There is not much current in the Housatanic but there are a lot of boaters who can make currents. Inexperienced people can paddle around Lake Zoar and enjoy the views. Moderately experienced people can venture up or down the Housatanic River. Although Kettletown Park runs along the river the only way to get back to your car is to come back to the Lake Zoar launch.

There are also plenty of water caches for those who enjoye Geocaching.
Parking/put-in/launching information:
Located at Ketttletown State Park. Drop off water craft and then park up the road you came in (300 feet away)

Paddling conditions to be expected:
Lake Zoar - Flatwater Housatanic River - Light current

Difficulty of the trip:
All experiences can have fun here

Length of trip: The Housatanic river spans 150 miles - but it is best to stay within 2 miles north and south of the park


Permits required:

Type of trip:
Paddle back to parking

Take-out Coordinates: N 41° 25.234 W 073° 12.379

Other information:
Kettletown State Park also has camp sites and hiking trails (with lots of geocaches). It is also the site for the largest geocaching event in Connecticut every year (GeoJamboree)

Visit Instructions:
Logging waymarks in this category requires a picture of your boat and your GPS at the given parking/launching coordinates,and a brief description of your canoe/kayak trip.

Additional photos and information and/or suggestions for future waymarkers will be appreciated, but is not necessary.

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