River Recreation

Respect the land, water, wildlife, plants, and other people.

Steep Rock offers a wide variety of River Recreations for the dedicated fisherman, a hobbyist or a family out looking for some quality time. Spend your day with us and enjoy the wettest part of nature.

Activities on the Water

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Fishing @ the Preserves

Our Preserves offer a special place for both the solo angler seeking a peaceful retreat and the family excited to create lasting memories together. Help us continue to allow public fishing in our Preserves by following the rules listed below along with our preserve maps.

FISHING SEASON: Per DEEP Trout Season for Rivers: Second Weekend in April through last day in February
LOCATIONS : Steep Rock and Hidden Valley Preserves

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Boating @ The Preserves

Steep Rock Association preserves land surrounding 6 miles of the Shepaug River.  The River provides a peaceful backdrop to hiking trails, and also the opportunity for a paddle when the water is high enough.  Non-motorized boats can enter the river at a number of locations marked on our trail maps.
LOCATIONS: Steep Rock and Hidden Valley Preserves

Fishing & BoatingRules

Please note: By fishing in our Preserves, anglers acknowledge understanding of and adherence to these Fishing Rules.

»» Fishing Rules & Regulations
  • Respect the land, water, wildlife, plants, and other people.
  • Help wildlife! Bring all your discarded fishing line back home with you so wildlife is not ensnared in it.
  • Locating and following posted signs is the angler’s responsibility.
  • Fishing privileges are at the discretion of Steep Rock Association.
  • Nonprofit organizations or community groups are required to obtain a Day Use Permit from the SRA office for outings; fishing is approved only in sections not marked “restricted fishing.”
  • Know and follow CT fishing regulations.
  • Daily creel limit for trout is 1 fish. 
  • SRA encourages anglers to practice catch & release for the viability of the fishery.
  • Public fishing is allowed in sections of Steep Rock and Hidden Valley Preserves that are not marked as “restricted fishing”. There is no fishing at Macricostas Preserve.
  •  To prevent the spread of invasives please ensure all equipment is cleaned prior to fishing.
  • Visit these CT DEEP sites for more information on Didymo and other invasive aquaticsa
»» Boating Rules & Regulations
  • All passengers on boat must have a life jacket or personal flotation device.
  • Please no cutting of woody debris in river.
  • Launch boats from designated spots marked on trail maps.
  • To prevent the spread of invasives please ensure all boats/equipment are cleaned prior to boating. 

Make aDifference

Your donation today helps Steep Rock Association protect and steward special places for you to learn about nature and explore the great outdoors.