Bantam River, Bantam Lake, and Little Pond

Litchfield Connecticut Water Trails

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The Bantam River represents one of the preeminent paddling resources in western Connecticut. Flowing through a 4,000-acre nature preserve protected by the White Memorial Foundation, it’s a great place to see wildlife. You will see osprey and should see beaver in the evening. Deer come to the water to drink, and many bird species occur along the shore and in the woods. You might see bald eagles here as well.
Quiet Water Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island: AMC's Canoe and Kayak Guide, 3rd Edition

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Quiet Water Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island: AMC's Canoe and Kayak Guide, 3rd Edition

by Alex Wilson & John Hayes (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

The Bantam River represents one of the preeminent paddling resources in western Connecticut. Flowing through a 4,000-acre nature preserve protected by the White Memorial Foundation, it’s a great place to see wildlife. You will see osprey and should see beaver in the evening. Deer come to the water to drink, and many bird species occur along the shore and in the woods. You might see bald eagles here as well.

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Activity Type: Flatwater Paddling & Canoeing
Nearby City: Litchfield
Gradient: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Flatwater
Duration: Day Trip
Season: Spring through Fall
Local Contacts: White Memorial Foundation, whitememorialcc.org, 860-567-0857
Local Maps: Connecticut/Rhode Island Atlas & Gazetteer, Map 41: G21, 22, H21, 22, I20, 21, J20; USGS Litchfield
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Recent Trail Reviews

4/11/2009

Bantam Lake, like almost everything in Litchfield County is high class and beautiful.. nice people abound... there is a lot of protected land on bantam lake, though some slower people with less refined tase have created some vinal-sided eyesores here... this will change... the lake becoming a little more gentrified every year. When I paddle here I drop in off of Whitehall Road off of North Shore Road, though there are some good spots off of East Shore (Morris Town Beach / Boat Launch) too. Sean Aikman (SeanAikman.com) a local real estate broker knows the lakes well and is happy to help people figure things out. The last thing I will say about Bantam is that it is very active in the winter too!

2/14/2005

Continuing on prior review; actually you can go past(upstream) of "little pond". River narrows quite a bit, but scenery is very good. Have seen beaver up here as well. My son and I go up to the golf course in the spring and get golf balls out of the river, watch out for golfers in this area. A note re: beaver dams. this past season they were gone, but if they come back and you need to portage over them, smack the dam with your paddle to shoo the water snakes off the dam. Matt McCay

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