Lou Racine

Lou paddling on the Quinebaug River in Canterbury, CT

Lou Racine

Author, blogger, paddler, and animal lover

Lou Racine is an author, paddler, & blogger who shares her kayaking experiences and writes kayaking and hiking site reviews on her website KayakingCTwithLou.com. Her passion for kayaking and writing and her love of dogs resulted in her authoring the books:

Kayak Eastern CT: 70 Eastern CT Paddling Destinations and

DOG PADDLING WITH TINY: A Guide To Kayaking With A Dog

mailchimp newsltr 3 2015 wLou lives on a farm in Connecticut with her long-time boyfriend, Cecil. It is a common occurrence to see their dogs, Tiny & Deacon, sporting their orange life jackets and, one or the other, lounging on the deck of her kayak.  Her love for animals was strongly influenced by her father and grandparents at a very young age. Attending her first official dog training classes with her grandmother and their two dogs, she learned the Koehler Dog Training method. Her grandfather introduced her to horses and her father & grandfather encouraged her to communicate with animals in ways that weren’t currently being publicly explored and accepted.

pachaug river your turn 6 3 2015 wGrowing up she was involved in camping, kayaking, hiking, hunting, trapping, fishing, target shooting, horse back riding, and other outdoor activities. She attended, and graduated from, a local trade school where she studied automotive repair. Spending significant time in Vermont during those years, she developed a strong desire to one day hike the Appalachian Trail; it’s one of two items on her bucket list.

Living in Connecticut (USA) all her life, she later traveled with her son to many parts of the country. Their quest to visit every state tragically ended more than ½ way to their goal when her son passed in a car accident in 2000.  In honor of their quest to visit every state, Lou hopes to one day paddle in Hawaii in honor of her son; the second item on her bucket list!

Lou RacineShe holds an AS in Human Services with honors from QVCTC in Danielson, Connecticut, USA. Preceding her son’s fatal accident, she was working on her BS and she spent much of her time helping children.

She worked as an aide in the SPEARS program in the Putnam Middle School, supervised and coordinated an after school and summer youth program at TEEG in North Grosvenordale, tutored privately and in the Learning Lab at the college, and advocated for the children she tutored. She drew young people into everything that she did. For example, in her role as campaign manager for a local state senator, she was often accompanied by groups of students who volunteered and helped throughout the campaign. She received the 1998-1999 Youth Volunteer Award for her efforts to involve youth in community activities. Her son’s passing caused her to withdraw from these community activities. Lou hopes to re-ignite her passion for helping children and animals through her life-long love of writing.

Paddling since childhood, she continues to paddle one to three times a week, weather and time permitting.

2016 kayak guide


Customer Review 




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“This is a must have for all paddlers in this area! I have paddled in Eastern CT most of my life and I can’t believe the places I have not been, or forgotten about.This is a very informative book in regards to planning an outing to someplace you haven’t been or would like to revisit.A well thought out and well written accurate book. Everything you need is there for you. Launch sites, descriptions, warnings, and advise and opinions! Her attention to detail and promoting our sports safety is awesome. You can tell the author has great passion for sport we love. Well done!!                                                 


Newly released!

April 25, 2016! 


Up to date information!

Do you find yourself struggling to squeeze kayaking into your schedule? Are you frustrated with a lack of available information regarding the sites you are thinking about paddling? Have you ever said, “Wow, I never new that site existed?  Well, this book will help solve these issues and more!



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  • Molly says:

    Hello. I just bought your book on Amazon and I look forward to receiving it in the mail. Do you know of people who lead A family of four on a laying trip?

    • Lou says:

      Hi Molly, Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. The notification for this message was in my spam folder so I didn’t see it. Thank you for buying my book! Hope you enjoy it and all the many places in it. What area are you looking to kayak and what type of kayaking trips? Lou

    • Lou says:

      Thank you for buying my book. Where are you looking to paddle where you would need a guide?

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