Housatonic River

The Housatonic River starts from four sources in western Massachusetts in the Berkshire Mountains. It flows 149 miles southward through western Massachusetts, through the Berkshires and into western Connecticut, including Cornwall, before emptying into Long Island Sound. The Cornwall section of the river offers an abundance of river recreation including both challenging and chill rapids throughout. The most popular forms of recreation include paddling, fishing, and hiking.

Canoeing | Rafting | Kayaking


The waters of the Housatonic River provide excellent whitewater rafting, canoeing & kayaking.



Fishing is a major activity along the entire length of the river and its tributaries. Trout, bass, and perch abound and some of the best fly fishing can be found in northwestern Connecticut.

Get out there!


The Cornwall area has miles of scenic trails to discover and explore!


River Related Businesses

Clarke Outdoors

Just across the river in Sharon, CT is Clarke Outdoors which is the go to place for river rentals and guided trips.


Housatonic River Outfitters

Housatonic River Outfitters, Inc. is a full service fly shop, outfitter, lodging and guide service. For over twenty years we have been your fly fishing resource, supplying you with the finest quality fly fishing equipment, tying materials, guide services, schools, exotic trips, used and consigned fishing equipment, technical clothing, maps, waders and information on local activities and services.


Cream hill Lake

Cream Hill Lake

Cream Hill Lake is a 72-acre lake located in West Cornwall which has long been the local swimming destination for generations in Cornwall. The town beach is located on Lake Rd and is open to all Cornwall residents during the summer months. On the western side of the lake, just off town street is the Cream Hill Lake Association, affectionately known as the “club side” which is a private association offering a clubhouse, boating, and additional recreational opportunities.