Quinebaug River NRT – Plainfield to Canterbury

Quinebaug River NRT – Plainfield to Canterbury: When the gate is open, you can drive to the launch and drop off or pick up boats, but you are not permitted to park there. There is plenty of parking outside the gate which is several hundred feet from the river. The gravel launch ramp provides a roomy sp
The 4.7 miles of paddling to Robert Manship Park in Canterbury is somewhat less challenging than the miles above the hatchery, but there are several stretches of white water to paddle carefully. Generally, the river is wide, undeveloped, tree-lined and very beautiful! Watch for the Route 14 bridge as you near Robert Manship Park. As you approach the take-out on river right, stay close to the right bank and arrange your group in a line. The broad current can make this a tricky landing. Have the first paddlers ashore catch subsequent boats as they pull in. No fee.

The Last Green Valley has assessed this trail for people with mobility challenges and has created a summary you can access here CT DEEP Fish Hatchery Trail Boat Launch TAI and Robert Manship Park Canoe Launch TAI.


  • Paddling


159 Trout Hatchery Rd
Plainfield, CT 06374