Make a connection to nature paddling a canoe or kayak, observing eagles and other wildlife
What better way to connect with the outdoors than in a kayak or canoe? At Adventure East, minutes from the picturesque Connecticut River, they can find just the right paddling experience for you, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro. Spend a half or full day canoeing or kayaking on the Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers, resting secure in the knowledge that someone else has planned all the logistics and provided the equipment. Choose an adventure that takes you past islands and sandbars, observing bald eagles and other birds of prey; or a gentle loop around the Sunderland Islands Wildlife Management Area where bald eagles nest. There’s also a low-key, two-hour intro-to-kayaking course on Leverett Pond where you can learn and practice paddling skills.
Use the Pauchaug, Barton Cove, Sunderland, Hatfield, and Chicopee Boat Access points to launch your canoe (find details below). Elwell Recreation Area is designated for canoes and rowing only. Paddle at your own pace up/down the scenic and historic Connecticut River.