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“Great Fun” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Clarke Outdoors

Clarke Outdoors
163 Route 7, West Cornwall, CT
860-672-6365
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Type: Specialty Shops, Adventure
Activities: Canoeing, Kayaking
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Owner description: Provides canoe and kayak rental, whitewater rafting and guided tours of the northwestern segment of the Housatonic River. Nice area, hidden gem.
Salisbury, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 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.

Visited April 2013
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New York
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“Great day in the great outdoors”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

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 then coasting through the calm stretches, escorted by two, and then three, Great Herons that flew along... alighting on the surrounding trees and overhanging branches from time to time. We stopped for a break and refreshments at Cornwall, approximately halfway down our 10-mile run (er, float..?) before having to reach the end of the trip and surrender our gear... and head back to reality!!

A definite "Must-do" item for anyone who likes the outdoors.
(but watch the weather!!)

Visited August 2013
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Danville, California
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“Great day trip with the Kids!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 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!

Visited July 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Excellent Rafting Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 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 without a guide if you have a bit of experience. Their building has a well-stocked store and complementary showers, which was greatly appreciated since we went out a coldish/drizzly day. I highly recommend Clarke Outdoors if you're looking for river fun in a beautiful piece of nature!

Visited May 2013
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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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66 reviews 66 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Can't wait to Kayak and Canoe again!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 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 they normally bring their customers. It was a great experience, we had a blast! The river was quiet and relaxing. They made it very easy to leave when you were done. They had you park your car at the end where you would finish, and then you could leave the equipment on the side in the grass, and then you wouldn't have to wait for them to come pick you up, you can just leave in your own car on your own time.

Visited August 2012
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