Canoeing and fishing are allowed on all Shelton waterways except those reservoirs managed by the Aquarion Water Company (Trap Falls, Means Brook and Isinglass reservoirs). Motorized boats are allowed on the Housatonic River.

Popular Shelton fishing locations include Hope Lake on Nells Rock Road and the Farmill River, which runs across Huntington from Monroe to the Housatonic River. Both are stocked with trout for fishing season and also contain bass and sunfish (bluegills). Pine Lake contains bass and sunfish, and Silent Waters contains pickerel, bass and sunfish.