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If rivers were New England's first highways, as they surely were, then campsites were the first motels. Full Story
bob

North Kingstown, RI

#1 Jul 20, 2008
So the guys are complaining that they have to search for "hours' to
find a suitable campsite?
I boat all the time in the river from Enfield down to Rockyhill and see many areas where a canoe can be pulled over and a tent set up.
Seems to me they are looking for less primitave site and more comfy sites..
camp

Deerfield, NH

#2 Jul 20, 2008
Doesn't Brownstone Park now offer camping along the Connecticut River in Portland?
I'm not sure about access from the river, but I know that the campground is right along the river.
kirk

Cheshire, CT

#3 Jul 20, 2008
bob, are you for real? do you understand you can't camp on private property without permission? do you suppose that, just maybe, the land along the CT river from enfield to rocky hill is owned by someone?
seems even a shred of common sense would indicate that
AMcG

Waltham, MA

#4 Jul 23, 2008
I agree we do need more acessible and advertised campsites along the river. Now that the river is becoming cleaner and we are getting more wildlife back and the price of fuel is going up, we will have more and more kayakers and canoeists enjoying our wildlife that is best seen slowly and quietly.
shrEd

Honolulu, HI

#5 Jul 23, 2008
hey kirk chill out
camping with a boat on some rich persons land for a night isnt the worst thing you could do...
GrayPlayer

Granby, CT

#6 Jul 26, 2008
Let ALL the states bordering the river organize a summer long event based on improving access to and camping along the river. Towns and cities along the way could hold festivals, celebrations.

Instead of a through hike, much like the Appalachian Trail, start something similar on the Connecticut River. Publish a guide book and list camping sites, available services for canoist and kayakers.

If enough people express an interest, commercial organizations, ala, Dicks, Cabelas, Eastern Mt.Sports might be persuaded to provide assistance.
caulbearer

Southington, CT

#7 Aug 12, 2008
We should be making Connecticut more attractive to regional vacationers. We have museums and historical sites, but there are a lot of outdoor activities here that are yet to be fully explored. Popular past times such as river, stream and pond and fly fishing; ATV, dirt bike and mountain bike riding; swimming in fresh water holes and cliff diving; hiking and cliff climbing; canoeing and kayaking; riding motor boats, row boats, speed boats; horseback riding.

Of all these outdoor activities residents frequently enjoy, camping would be a corner stone for those who don't live here, and would offer vacationers a chance to see the rural side of Connecticut while providing revenue for the state and businesses in the state.

Connecticut ought to take a serious look at opening state campgrounds along the major rivers: the Connecticut, the Housatonic, the Farmington, the Thames, the Quinnipiac - to name a few.
caulbearer

Southington, CT

#8 Aug 12, 2008
P.S. - digging into the business of outdoorsy tourism would be much more beneficial for everyone instead of giving up land to developers to create more dead-end sprawl.

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