Shetucket River NRT – Lauter Park to Plains Road

Plenty of parking along road and for several cars near boat launch.
Shetucket River NRT – Lauter Park to Plains Road: Relatively easy put in, but beware of large rock at launch location depending on water levels. Lauter Park is a popular paddling starting point, and is actually on the Natchaug River which quickly meets up with the Willimantic, where together they form the Shetucket. Depending on water levels the river moves with some current, but is still relatively easy for novice paddlers. The river passes under Route 66, makes three sharp turns, then flows under the Route 14 Main Street

Bridge and passes the wastewater treatment facility. 3.2 miles to the Plains Road landing, just under the Plains Road Bridge on the western shore (river right.) Be aware of current when approaching the landing. No fee.


  • Paddling


619 Jackson St
Willimantic, CT 06226