Stop 1 The Canoe Launch Site

Updated: Apr 27, 2018

Spotted sandpipers can be seen along banks of the river.

Before launching your canoe, look at the river. The Quinnipiac

originates in New Britain and ends in New Haven. It is 38 miles

long and its drainage basin is 170 square miles. You may live within

those 170 square miles and what you do, even in your own backyard,

may eventually end up in the river. In 1914, fish life in the river was

almost non- existent because of pollution. Today, with environmental

pollution controls, the fish and wildlife are making a comeback.

Typical wildlife you may encounter along this inland stretch of the

river. If you are a keen observer you will see the signs of more secretive

wildlife such as river otter, deer muskrats, green-backed herons and

great blue herons. Look for yellow trail markers for the trail stops.

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Funding to improve the trail was provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  Natural Resource Damage Assessment & Restoration Program. 

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