Willimantic River NRT – Air Line Trail Landing & Launch

Willimantic River NRT – Air Line Trail Landing & Launch: Parking for a few cars on a small area on the left side of the road, approximately 0.5 miles down the dirt road.

Caution: it is not safe to paddle downstream (to the left facing the river at the launch site), as there is no public landing downstream. Newly constructed and dedicated in 2016, this launch generally offers an easy upstream (to the right facing the river) paddle except in high waters or after rain. Paddle up 1 mile to the Columbia Rte 66 bridge, and if conditions allow, continue 6 miles further to Eagleville. Take inside curves for smoother water, and with limited development along this stretch wildlife viewing opportunities exist, such as spotting flying eagles & swimming otters. Paddle as far as the current or your time table allows, then turn around and return to the Air Line Trail Landing. No fee.


  • Paddling


42 Wilson St
Willimantic, CT 06226