Shetucket River NRT – Sprague River Park to Occum Dam or Red McKeon Park: Ample parking in this popular small park. Launch from park picnic/beach area unless water levels are too low, then launch just under the Rte. 97 bridge instead. Although wide, launching in this area can be a bit bony in low water. Enjoy picturesque coves, inlets and lots of wildlife in the river habitat along this 2.5 mile section on the way to Occum, where paddlers must portage at the Occum Dam, which has a 14 foot drop. DO NOT PADDLE OVER OCCUM DAM! Approach dam and portage on the eastern side (river left). Carry approximately 150 feet to the launch area below the dam if you’d like to paddle 0.5 miles further south to Red McKeon Park. No fee.
78 North Main St
Baltic/Sprague, CT 06330