Yantic is derived from a Native American word meaning “extended river” or “as far as the tidal stream”.
The Yantic River watershed is 62,599 acres. Tributaries to the Yantic River include Deep River, Sherman Brook, Exeter Brook and Susquetuncut Brook. The Yantic River begins in Lebanon, CT and converges with the Shetucket River at Norwich Harbor, which is the start of the Thames River.
The Yantic River was designated a State of Connecticut Greenway in 2013.
Yantic River is a popular whitewater paddling destination with a mix of quickwater and Class I-III whitewater.
The Yantic River has a moderate current with numerous ripples and one Class II rapid (dam), which can be portaged. This should be considered a white-water river and only run by groups of experienced white-water paddlers.
CT DEEP has classified part of the Yantic River as a Trout Management Area.
The Thames River Basin Partnership will be featuring the Yantic River in 2019 at their annual Floating Workshop.