East Rock Park - Kayaking at Mill River
Mills River, at East Rock Park, is great for the advanced enthusiast that loves to wake up early on weekends and catch a great ride down the river path. Mill River is great for the child who has just found his love for Kayaking, and is ready to make his first paddle movements on the stream.
It takes about 3 miles to complete the round trip on Mill River. The best launching site is at Orange Street Bridge and it is from here you head downstream. Mill River is best for beginners and advanced paddle boat users. However, it is important to acknowledge that with current change and weather change maneuvering downstream or upstream of the river can have its obstacles.
Destination Distance From Downtown
The difficult rating at Mill River on East Rock Park is 2 stars because of water changes every hour. Even though paddling on Mill River is easy and manageable, there is current that pushes against you and cause the journey upstream to be challenging. It is advisable to understand because of the changing currents the journey upstream will take you longer to complete. All those in paddle boats such as, Canoes and Kayaks, must be aware of the danger zone that is downstream from the launching site at Orange Street Bridge located right at the tide gate.
Time To Complete
Kayaking on Mill River takes about an hour to complete for several reasons. The water levels of Mill River changes within every hour and the currents might make it a little bit more challenging to paddle upstream. Mill River is great for both beginners and advance paddle boat users.
The best experience on Mill River is the Spring, Summer, and Fall. In the spring you experience a variety of different views from blossoming wildlife to different species of birds. In the Summer the lake is the best escape from warm days, even though swimming is prohibited, one can enjoy the breeze from Mill River. The fall is where beautiful colors of leaves merge with the grayish blue water, its a site worth admiring.
On Leash Only
East Rock Park is a dog friendly, however, each dog must be on a leash at all times. Owners are responsible for removing the solid waste their pet might leave behind.
There are no fees for using Mill River throughout the year. All paddle boat users must provided their own equipment and safety gear. The city of New Haven Park and Recreation does provide a tour and lessons through a community project called Outdoor Adventure. There are rental fees for Kayaks that range for a single $5 dollars, $10 dollars for a double, and for a triple $15 dollars for New haven residents, for non residents the prices increase.