This section is comprised of Quality Ave in Somers to the Powder Hollow State Park.
This section of the river is where the famous “SCANTIC SPRING SPLASH" Canoe Race downriver canoe and kayak race is held each year. It is usually held the
last weekend in March and people from all over the east coast come to participate in this exciting and challenging race.
The access point for the first section starting just below the Somersville dam is at the end of Quality Ave. in Somersville. The entrance to Quality Ave.
is about 50 yards west of the intersection of the main traffic light in Somersville. This section is best in the spring or during times of high water. It
is suitable for a beginner/novice canoeist or kayaker. The take out point is before the dam at STR. There is also an excellent hiking trail
along the river in the Scantic River Rapids State Park, which leads to the historical ruins left over from the Powder Mill.
The next section from the dam to South Maple Street is for experienced Class II paddlers and is not recommended for the Novice. The river can be portaged
or scouted on river right about 200 yards downstream from the dam. This area is called Stockers Rip and from here to the South Maple Street Bridge in Enfield
is about 2 miles. The take out is on the right bank after the bridge. Other areas in Enfield are not navigable at this time. Hopefully more will open up as
we continue on our endeavor to create a “canoe trail”.
Check back soon for more information! If you see something out of date, or have some additional information, email us