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Address: 163 Route 7, West Cornwall, CT 06796
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+1 860-672-6365
10:00 - 17:00
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Thu - Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Provides canoe and kayak rental, whitewater rafting and guided tours of the...

Provides canoe and kayak rental, whitewater rafting and guided tours of the northwestern segment of the Housatonic River. Nice area, hidden gem.

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Relaxing Canoe Rental

We rented a canoe from Clarke Outdoor and did the 6 mile route ending in Falls Village and had a great time. The staff and store are easy going and had no problem. The route we... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2016
Peter M
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

We rented a canoe from Clarke Outdoor and did the 6 mile route ending in Falls Village and had a great time. The staff and store are easy going and had no problem. The route we took that day was very easy with almost no current so a lot of paddling, but plenty of spots to pull off and grab... More 

Thank Peter M
New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 July 2015

Gorgeous scenery with a covered bridge! A few class 1 white water rapids, and while it was fun to rock and roll over them in a canoe, I strongly recommend you rent rafts instead (need 3 or more people), canoes are unstable and its likely you will capsize in the rapids, not as much fun as you may think.

1 Thank dudesicl
clarkeoutdoors, River Guide at Clarke Outdoors, responded to this review

Canoes can be great fun even for beginners! We totally understand that different people adapt to different activities differently. The rafts definitely are great fun for the whole family and will basically never tip over, but canoes are completely legitimate vessels to navigate down a river and have been used for that purpose for over one thousand years! More 

Dobbs Ferry, New York
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333 reviews
132 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2014

Convenient place to rent stuff as well as purchase. offer kayak floats down the Housi at reasonable prices.

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Nyon, Switzerland
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2014

Clarke is a great service for kayaking and canoeing on the Housatonic. Their team is fun, happy, easy to interact with and the river is beautiful. Overall a great afternoon!

1 Thank TCTraveler72
Salisbury, Connecticut
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2014

A group of 12 of us rented mixed canoes and rafts from Clarke outdoors. They were very accommodating and organized. They delivered us up stream on the Housatonic and met us 6 miles down for pick up. It was a day well spent.

1 Thank Norey
New York City, New York
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2013

Wow! What a GRRRREEEAT experience... floating down the Housatonic river in western Connecticut on a sunny and extremely pleasant day. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful in late summer, and the river runs slow ~ mostly shallow, with mild rapids that are easily negotiable, even to the novice paddle boater or canoer. We floated lazily downstream, paddling through the rapids and... More 

1 Thank Alok J
Danville, California
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2013

Friendly staff & 'easy to use' fun in the outdoors. My Bro in Law Brought myself, my 4 daughters & Hubby to go canoeing with this business. It really was a great time! Not a lot of movement on the river, so we got some serious exercise but that was what we were hoping for. Kids had a blast!

1 Thank TreesC
New York City, New York
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2013

This is a great outfit--very reasonably priced, super helpful and friendly staff/owner, and a beautiful stretch of river. We went on the first launch of the day and didn't see another person the entire trip; we did get to see a lot of wildlife, though (herons, ducks, etc). Rapids are all a lot of fun and easy enough to navigate... More 

1 Thank Matthew R
Ridgefield, Connecticut
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66 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2012

Very friendly staff and accomodating. Their vans are a little skank inside, and I am hoping that they can buy some new life jackets soon, because the ones they provide are kind of gross and smell like sweat. I recommend bringing your own if you have them. The river was low, so they brought us to a different spot than... More 

1 Thank Justine T
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243 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2010

Clarke Outdoors offers solo and guided tours on the Housatonic River! Kayaks, rafts, and canoes are available. Prices are extremely reasonable. Their store is also a good place to stock up on gear. We rented a canoe and had a great time. You follow the boat truck and park your car where the trip ends. Then you driven to starting... More 

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