Experience the Housatonic River with these paddling trips
Get on the river! The best way to enjoy this gorgeous body of water is through a paddling trip.
Housatonic River paddle trips are suitable for most skill levels (see individual descriptions) and are an ideal way to see the river.
Registration required and space is limited. Call 413-394-9796 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Canoes and equipment are provided, or register to bring your own boat.
Saturday, June 18 GB Heritage Day: Explore our Watershed (FREE!!)
Time: 9am – 3pm Trip Length: 6.6 miles Level: Beginner
Climb our hills into history; walk along the river’s edge; paddle through time. Includes 3.5-mile loop hike to Lake Mansfield, River Walk tour and paddle trip from Bridge Street, Great Barrington, to the Covered Bridge (a meandering stretch of the Housatonic River with mostly flat easy flowing water. Get your family out for a day of river exploration! Suitable for children 9+ years.
Please register by calling Mahaiwe Theater 413-528-0100
Wednesday, June 22 Beginner’s Paddle, South Lee (FREE!!)
Time: 3 – 6pm Trip Length: 1 – 2 miles Level: Beginner
This trip is for the absolute beginner! Learn the basics of paddling on this flat, pond-like stretch of the Housatonic River. After some instruction on land, we’ll launch and practice various strokes while becoming comfortable with maneuvering the canoe. We’ll paddle upstream and back again to enjoy views of Beartown Mountain.
Tuesday, July 19 Lee Athletic Field to South Lee
Time: 3 – 6pm Trip Length: 6 miles Level: Intermediate
Enjoy this surprisingly beautiful stretch of the Housatonic through farmland with views of Beartown Mountain. Some paddling experience preferable as there is a bit of quick water and a couple of downed trees to negotiate.
Saturday, August 13 Great Barrington: Division St. to Brookside St.
Time: 9am – 1pm Trip Length: 5.5 miles. Level: Intermediate
Enjoy a mix of easy canoeing and some tricky riffles and Class 2 rapids as you canoe from Housatonic to downtown Great Barrington. Experienced paddlers only!
Saturday, Sept. 17 Stockbridge: Park Street to the Glendale Dam (FREE!)
Time: 9am – Noon Trip Length: 4.5 miles. Level: Beginner
Family friendly paddle! We welcome children 6 yrs and older. Enjoy a leisurely paddle on mostly, slow moving, flat water that passes through the Stockbridge Golf Course and past the Norman Rockwell Museum. This paddle trip is FREE as it is part of the Housatonic Heritage Weekend Hikes.
Saturday, Oct. 15 Covered Bridge, Sheffield to Ashley Falls, MA
Time: 9am – 3pm Trip Length: 9.5 miles Level: Beginner
Meander through active agricultural land and forested stretches. Possible wildlife sightings include a variety of wildfowl, bald eagle, herons, otter, muskrat and beaver. This trip is suitable for all levels of experience. This trip is recommended for children 14 years and older due to the paddling distance.
The Housatonic River Paddling Trips are provided in partnership with
the Housatonic Valley Association.
Unless otherwise noted:
Registration for nonmembers $20/adult $35/family; Members $15/adult or $25/family
Trip information provided upon completion of registration.
Housatonic Valley Association
Guided Housatonic River Trips
Housatonic Valley Association
1383, Route 102 (PO BOX 251)
South Lee, MA 01260