Paddle Sports

Fall Kayak Specials

FALL FOLIAGE KAYAKING!

Autumn is the best time of the year to get out on the water to enjoy the fall foliage, clear crisp days, without the crowds of the summer season. Our location gives you access to some of the most picturesque natural environments that New England has to offer. Rent a kayak this weekend and see what everyone else is missing!

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paddle sports in Connecticut
paddle sports in Connecticut
paddle sports in Connecticut
paddle sports in Connecticut

Black Hall Outfitters is located directly on the Connecticut River Estuary, Canoe and Kayak trail. The 500 acre, Great Island Wildlife Management area is right in our backyard and one of the country’s top Paddle Sport Destinations. These vast waterways where the Connecticut River meets the Long Island Sound provide an endless range of exploration and fun on the water. Serious enthusiasts can take on the many miles of waterways and tidal flats for a great workout, hit the sound for open water touring, or to just “escape” civilization for awhile while exploring deep into the many tributaries.

Families and friends looking to just chill and have some fun can pack a picnic lunch and explore Griswold point, watch an Osprey dive for fish, and see some of the most beautiful scenery that Connecticut has to offer. We are located within a short paddle to some fantastic shoreline beaches and tidal flats that you can only experience with our water access. We have everything your group needs to get you in the perfect Canoe or Kayak for your level of experience and get you out on the water. If Standup Paddleboarding is something you’re into, or have been eager to try, we have them for rental as well. Bring your enthusiasm, sunscreen, and towel and be ready for a great day!

Fisherman can take advantage of our fleet of utility fishing kayaks and canoes and within a short paddle, be in some of the Northeast’s greatest inshore fishery. We offer several models of Kayaks for rental, specifically designed to get you and your fishing gear into some prime water for a fishing adventure of a lifetime – local “secret” knowledge, free of charge!

If you have a bigger group, and really want to do something unique, look into our Group outings and excursion offering. Perfect for family reunions, class outings and graduations, corporate functions, team building or any group looking to experience an exceptional experience on the water. We have several local trips that can get you and your group out exploring areas accessible only by boat.

We are conveniently located to many of Connecticut’s shoreline attractions and the casinos. Come on down and experience a great day . We’ve got everything you’ll need to hit the water.

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Rent-To-Own

rent-to-own

Register for our program and receive 40% of your seasonal rental fees as a credit towards purchasing one of our rental fleet boats at the end of the season! Just sign up during the summer season and reserve your boat to purchase at the end of the summer. Put your rental dollars to work towards owning your own boat!

The Fleet

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OUR BRAND NEW RENTAL FLEET

fleet of rental boats

We’ve teamed up with Old Town canoes and kayaks, Ocean Kayaks, and BIC SUP and are offering over 40 brand new boats for your paddle sport adventures. Boat styles vary from kayak fishing, recreational paddling, kids kayaks, sport utility canoes, and stand up paddleboards for the adventurous.

Recreational Boats

Heron Jr. boat

Heron Jr.

Kids, this is your boat. What a performer! We designed Jr. to be nimble and maneuverable for the smaller paddler. Extremely efficient for its size, this lightweight kayak glides well and tracks straight. You’ll also find plenty of stability for those family splash fights. Of course small arms can get tired after all of that paddling and splashing, so we also included our innovative Tag Along Tow System, making it easy to tow ‘em to shore if need be.

Features

- Tag Along tow system
- Extremely lightweight
- Contoured padded seat designed to fit kids
- Foam billet
- Bow and stern carry handles

Heron 9XT boat

Heron 9XT

The Heron 9XT combines comfort and features of superior quality. Featuring a padded Comfort Flex seat and stern Click Seal hatch with bulkhead, the Heron 9XT is perfect for beginning and recreational paddlers who may want a few extra bells and whistles. Designed to perform… the Heron 9XT will not disappoint.

Features

- Adjustable Comfort Flex seat with added seat/back padding
- Cup holder
- Support Track foot brace system
- Stern Click Seal hatch and bulkhead
- Comfortable carrying handles
- Thigh pads
- Paddle keeper

Heron 11XT boat

Heron 11XT

The Heron 11XT combines comfort and features of superior quality. A longer version of the Heron 9XT, the Heron 11XT features a padded Comfort Flex Seat and a stern Click Seal Hatch with a bulkhead. The Heron 11XT is a great choice for beginning and recreational paddlers who may want a little extra room and a few more creature comforts. Designed to perform…the Heron 11XT is a premium boat.

Features

- Tag Along tow system
- Extremely lightweight
- Contoured padded seat designed to fit kids
- Foam billet
- Bow and stern carry handles

Heron Tandem boat

tandem-TWIN HERON

The Twin Heron is a truly unique tandem kayak. Featuring the innovative Auto Trim Hull, the Twin Heron is a tandem that performs well when paddled solo. The Auto Trim Hull is designed to prevent the bow from popping up when someone is seated solo in the stern seat. And, if that’s not enough, you can completely remove the front seat making it perfect for your dog to ride along or easy access to your hunting or fishing gear. The Twin Heron is a great option for the outdoors family looking for a versatile craft.

Features

- Adjustable Comfort Flex seat with padding
- Removable front seat
- Auto Trim hull
- Glide Track foot brace system
- Carrying handles
- Cup holders

Heron 9XT boat

Rogue River 154 SS

The Rogue River 154 SS delivers versatility and affordability in one smartly designed canoe. It sports a square stern hull giving you the option to mount a motor when you need to. In addition, the boat features two comfortable contoured seats, molded-in cup holders, a storage hatch and a third center bench seat that doubles as a cooler. With a rugged polyethylene hull, this boat is designed to last.

Features

- Comfortable contoured bow and stern seats
- Center bench seat with insulated cooler and water resistant day hatch
- Molded in storage tray
- Comfortable carrying handles
- Cup holders

Fishing Boats

Heron 11XT Angler

HERON 11XT ANGLER

A sporty design, the Heron 11XT Angler has more load capacity than its smaller sibling the Heron 9 Angler. Easy to maneuver perfectly into your favorite fishing spot, the Heron 11XT features a stern Click Seal Hatch with bulkhead and a bow mounted Cannon rod holder. The Heron 11XT is a great choice for the casual angler seeking an affordable, lightweight kayak for fishing and cruising in calm waters.

Features

- Adjustable Comfort Flex seat with padding
- Cup holder
- Support Track foot brace system
- Stern Click Seal hatch and bulkhead
- Comfortable carrying handles
- Thigh pads
- Paddle keeper
- Bow mounted Cannon rod holder
- Anchor trolley system

Vapor 12XT Angler

VAPOR 12XT ANGLER

Looking for added volume and easy-to-access storage? The Vapor 12XT Angler is your kayak. At 12 feet, the Vapor 12XT Angler offers an efficient ride without sacrificing comfort or stability. The open cockpit means room to store your gear both in front of you or in the storage day well with hatch behind you. An innovative dash board also provides storage for smaller items. Just add bait, a fishing rod, a PFD and a paddle and you’re ready for a great day on the water.

Features

- Adjustable Comfort Flex seat with padding
- Support Track foot brace system
- Stern day well with cover
- Molded-in paddle rest with bungee
- Molded-in cockpit tray with cup holder
- Thigh pads
- Anchor trolley system
- Flush mounted rod holders
- Built in carry handles

Trident 11

TRIDENT 11

The smallest in our Trident line, this kayak really packs a punch. At 11′ this kayak blends stability with considerable weight capacity which most kayaks at this length can’t claim. The Trident 11 is perfect for anglers looking for maneuverability over covering long distances in their quest for finding a honey hole. The Trident 11 features a bow hatch, large tank well and roomy cockpit. The adjustable foot braces fit most leg lengths and allow you to ride with ease – a great choice for inland waters, slow moving rivers and moderate ocean swells.

Features

- Comfort Hybrid seat back
- Oversize tank well with bungee
- Large bow hatch w/Cross Lock™ buckle system
- Battery storage bag in bow hatch
- Modular Fishing Pod™
- Transducer Compatible Scupper
- Support Track foot brace system
- Paddle keepers
- Side-mounted carrying handles
- Reflective deck rigging
- Two Flush mounted rod holders
- Skid plate

Trident 13

TRIDENT 13

The Trident 13 has hit the perfect balance of speed, maneuverability, performance and stability. The Trident 13 was designed by professional kayak anglers looking to maximize features in a 13′ hull. The Comfort Tech seat back combined with the adjustable foot pegs allows almost any paddler to hit their comfort zone in stride. The Trident 13 performs well in almost any water application but you’ll notice the superb performance in breaking surf and rough seas.

Features

- Comfort Hybrid seat back
- Oversize tank well with bungee
- Large bow hatch w/ Cross Lock™ buckle system
- Battery storage bag in bow hatch
- Sonar Shield™
- Modular Fishing Pod™
- Transducer compatible scupper
- Support Track foot brace system
- Paddle keepers
- Side-mounted carrying handles
- Reflective deck rigging
- Two Flush mounted rod holders
- Skid plate

Malibu 2X Angler Tandem

MALIBU 2X ANGLER – TANDEM

The Malibu Two XL Angler is one of the first tandem sit-on-tops specifically set up for kayak fishing. Over 450 lbs. of capacity plus great stability, adds up to a great choice for two anglers and their gear. Perfect for dads (and moms) who want to introduce the sport of fishing to their kids. You’ll never want to fish alone again.

Features

- Two Comfort Zone™ seat backs
- Center hatch with Cross Lock™ Buckle System
- Convenient overlapping foot wells
- Deck bungee
- Paddle keepers
- Four deck mounts
- Two rod holders

Twin Heron Angler Tandem

TWIN HERON ANGLER – TANDEM

The Twin Heron is a truly unique tandem kayak. Featuring the innovative Auto Trim Hull, the Twin Heron is a tandem that performs well when paddled solo. The Auto Trim Hull is designed to prevent the bow from popping up when someone is seated solo in the stern seat. And, if that’s not enough, you can completely remove the front seat making it perfect for your dog to ride along or easy access to your hunting or fishing gear. The Twin Heron is a great option for the outdoors family looking for a versatile craft.

Features

- Adjustable Comfort Flex seat with padding
- Removable front seat
- Auto Trim hull
- Support Track foot brace system
- Comfortable carrying handles
- Cup holders
- Six rod mount receivers
- Two Cannon rod holders

Open daily May 1 – November 1

Saturday, Sunday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday-Wednesday- Friday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CLOSED- Tuesday- Thursday
(we are happy to accommodate other hours and dates by prior arrangement and reservation)

A few things that you might want to bring: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, windbreaker, camera, and bug spray. A towel and change of clothes to leave in the car in case you get wet or decide to rinse off in our outdoor shower after your paddle is always good as well.

No rentals during inclement weather or small craft advisories. 
Call ahead to ask about current conditions if you will be traveling any distance to reach us.

Rentals include paddles, Coast Guard approved PFDs (personal flotation devices) & map of local waters
Reservations are not necessary but highly recommended for weekends, holidays, and large groups. Customers with reservations will take priority over those without, but if you are more than 15 minutes late for a reservation we cannot hold your boat.

Local drop-offs available for several destination trips that we offer. Other drop-off locations available by arrangement (see our Group outing excursions page)

Have your own kayak or canoe and want to launch at Black Hall? Launch/parking fee of $20. If you bring friends and they rent from us, the first car is free. Parking can be limited on certain weekend dates- Carpool and get everyone in one vehicle to save some $$.