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Connecticut River Waterfront

Ledyard ClubhouseThe Connecticut River Waterfront is a busy place throughout the warm-weather months, providing canoeing and kayaking for the community for Dartmouth students.

Canoes and kayaks are available for rent at the Ledyard Canoe Club, up-river from the Ledyard Bridge (past the boathouse and the swim docks). The Club offers lessons in the use of this equipment (for PE credit or just for recreation) and schedules a series of competitive and recreational paddling events. Membership in the Ledyard Canoe Club is encouraged. For more information on the Ledyard Canoe Club, call them at (603) 643-6709, request a Ledyard Canoe Club brochure, or visit the club’s website.

Swimming is prohibited, as is jumping or diving off Ledyard Bridge (extremely dangerous due to recent construction debris), except at the college swim docks when lifeguards are on duty. 

College Swimming Docks

Guarded hours of the swimming dock:

Monday - Friday 2:oo PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM 


Monday, 7/15

Tuesday, 7/16

Swimming guidelines

  • Swimming is only allowed at the Dartmouth swimming docks in the presence of Dartmouth Outdoor Program lifeguards.
  • The Dartmouth swimming docks are open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 8 p.m. on weekends, weather-permitting.  Lifeguards are stationed on the swimming docks during these hours. 
  • Remember to bring your Dartmouth ID. Only current Dartmouth ID holders (all students and employees) are allowed to use the Dartmouth swimming docks.
  • Swimming is only allowed around the College swimming docks. Swimming anywhere else along the Dartmouth waterfront is prohibited. River currents can be fast-moving and unpredictable, and underwater obstacles and water depth are difficult to see, especially when the water is murky.

General waterfront safety

  • Possession of open containers of alcoholic beverages and/ or consumption of alcoholic beverages is specifically prohibited in the vicinity of the Connecticut River in conjunction with water-related activities.
  • No one is permitted on Dartmouth’s waterfront docks after dark without proper authorization.
  • No one is permitted to set up and use rope swings and other similar devices from any Dartmouth or town of Hanover property.
  • Do NOT jump from Ledyard Bridge into the water. Jumping off the bridge into the river is prohibited at all times; some areas of the Connecticut River are shallower than they appear.

For more information, consult Dartmouth’s swimming policy and alcohol and drug policy, and general outdoor safety advice.

Last Updated: 7/15/24