Stop 1 - The Launch Site
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. 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. Spotted sandpipers can be seen along the banks of the river.