Dennis Schain with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection says the 56-year-old Long Island man's kayak overturned early Saturday night near the West Cornwall Covered Bridge over the Housatonic River.
The man's two companions made it safely to shore in their kayaks.
The man's body was recovered in the water at 7:45 p.m. His name hasn't yet been released.
The red-painted bridge is believed to have been built in 1864.
It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.