Shepaug River, Washington and Roxbury, CT


The Shepaug River in northwestern Connecticut is a tributary of the Housatonic River. From its headwaters in Warren, it flows through Washington, Roxbury, and Southbury, where it enters Lake Lillinonah, a dammed-up section of the Housatonic. The Shepaug offers several stretches of Class I-II-III whitewater that is usually paddled in the early spring after snow and ice have melted. At other times, it may be high enough to paddle right after a heavy rainstorm. One of Connecticut’s prettiest rivers, the Shepaug winds its way through a forested landscape with little evidence of civilization. A section of the river runs through Steep Rock Reservation.

Shepaug River Put-in on Valley Road, Washington:
This put-in provides access to a narrow, winding, whitewater section of the river with many rocks and the potential for “strainers” – the branches of downed trees in the water, which can trap a boat or person. Boaters who put in here often paddle to the Bee Brook take-out or the Steep Rock take out.
To get here:
Take CT RT 202 to Route 45 in Woodville. Take an immediate right onto Valley Road.
Latitude/ Longitude: 41.707709°N, -73.294086°W
8 Valley Road, Washington, CT 06794

Shepaug River Put-in/Take-out at Bee Brook, Washington Depot:
This put-in/take-out is located at the bridge crossing the Shepaug River on Bee Brook Road (Route 47), south of Route 202 and north of the village center. Use the large dirt parking lot on the south side of the bridge.

Shepaug River Put-in at Steep Rock Reservation off River Road, Washington Depot:
From Route 47 in the center of Washington Depot, take River Road to its end at Steep Rock Reservation. The put-in/take-out is located on the left immediately after the bridge crossing the Shepaug River. Boaters who put in here paddle to the Hodge Park take-out. Boaters who put in at Bee Brook can take out here or continue on to Hodge Park.

Shepaug River Take-out at Hodge Park, Roxbury:
This take-out is on Route 67 in Roxbury where the river runs close to the road. There is a large dam below this point that can be dangerous if you get too close.