Hartford Connecticut has plenty of places for paddling canoes and kayaks

Cockaponset State Forest and Pattaconk Lake Recreation Area

18 Ranger Road Haddam, CT Phone: 860-566-2304

Large state forest; good for fishing, hiking & walking, horseback riding, snowmobiling

Launch your boat from the carry-in/car-top boat launch ramp at Messerschmidt Pond. See Cockaponset State Forest for full description of this park.
Stratton Brook State Park

149 Farms Village Road (Route 309) Simsbury, CT Phone: 860-242-1158

Wheelchair-accessible park has trout fishing, hiking, sports fields, swimming

This large park has opportunities for plenty for water sports, including canoeing, kayaking, and paddling. See full description of Stratton Brook State Park.