The Connecticut River watershed offers wonderful touring opportunities for boaters, drivers, bikers, and hikers. You can spend days visiting sites that feature nature, history, agriculture, or culture.
Are you on Flickr? Contribute your pictures of our river to the new Flickr Group that recently started for the Connecticut River. Dozens of photographers have already contributed hundreds of images. What a talented bunch of friends.
"Welcome to a photo tour of the Connecticut River - flowing through the heart of New England. Nature, history and intensive use all play a role in the river we know today. I've studied the Connecticut River for over 10 years, documenting many scenes along the way from the Fourth Connecticut Lake to the wide mouth at Saybrook Jetty." - Al Braden, June 2011. Many images in these wonderful online slideshows are from his book of the same name.
Bicycle Tour of the Upper Valley by Karl Meyer
"My tour to the headwaters of the Connecticut River began as I cycled north along the river from East Lunenberg, VT, where a friend was headed in his Jeep. This was a five-day trip. I stayed near the headwaters for two nights, and had cycled all the way back to my home in Colrain, MA, after two more nights on the road. For a white-haired guy, I was pretty happy to make 273 downstream river miles--toting tent and sleeping bag, in three day’s riding. It was a glorious run, though I won’t pretend it wasn’t tiring…" - Karl Meyer, April 2009
Lower CT River Tour by Karl Meyer
"If you like scratching around the Connecticut River up close, there are rapids, falls, canals, ferries and dams that can be toured by bike, by ferry, and by foot from Hadlyme, Rocky Hill, and Enfield, CT, to Holyoke, Northampton and Turners Falls, MA. These places have been teaming with life since before the first humans settled along Connecticut River shores." - Karl Meyer, April 2010
Connecticut River Boat Tour from Northfield, MA by Bill Schweikert
This link takes you to the text of a river guide's narration. Bill Schweikert is a member of the Northfield (MA) Historical Commission who, as narrator on the tour boat Quinnetukut II for three summers, logged over 10,000 miles between Northfield and Turners Falls. "We're on a stretch of the Connecticut River between dams at Vernon, 14 miles upriver, and Turners Falls, 7 miles downstream. This cruise takes us on the section of the Connecticut River between Northfield Farms and Turners Falls, a trip of about seven miles each way. Scenic, natural, cultural, and historical attractions characterize this part of the river." - Bill Schweikert, 2010.
If you have a Flickr account, please share your photos of people and wildlife living, working and playing throughout the watershed. Visit the gallery to contribute photos that show the diverse nature and culture found on the main river and its many tributaries, streams and wetlands.
Friends' Photo Slideshow by friends who love the river
This link sets in play a sequence of images that changes every day as Flickr users contribute new pictures. Newly submitted images appear first.
Friends' Photo Gallery by friends who love the river
This link takes you directly to the gallery of contributedimages in the slideshow above. Here you can search for specific subjects.
The Connecticut River: Partnership for Conservation by Jerry Monkman
"I produced this video to put a spotlight on the professionals I worked with during my 2 year documentary photography project in the Connecticut River watershed." 15 minutes - Jerry Monkman, EcoPhotography, 2010
Photo credits (above): Karl Meyer
Image Credits at Right - Illustrations: Bill Singleton; Photos: ©Al Braden www.albradenphoto.com, CRWC Staff