[5] By 1734, Mohicans established the Indian Town of Stockbridge, which grew over 15 years but then failed, with land pressures increasing. [34] Lake Housatonic is used by the Yale University Crew Team and the New Haven Rowing Club and is host to the Derby Sweeps & Sculls and the Head of the Housatonic. Historically, the Housatonic River and its Naugatuck River tributary hosted the southernmost spawning runs of the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Police said they have recovered the bodies of two New York men who they believe drowned while swimming last week in the Housatonic River in … High above the confluence with the Housatonic, in the village of Mill River, the Konkapot rolls over an outcropping of bedrock and into a crystal-clear pool below to form Umpachene Falls. Two of the three lakes formed by the dams are used for rowing by clubs, schools, and to host regattas. There are several minor and major dams along the river that form lakes. Mount Greylock State Reservation & Scenic Byway to Summit – Lanesborough,MA, Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway — Route 20 in Becket & Lee, Mass, Connecticut Antique Machinery Association – Kent, CT, Stockbridge Land Trust – Stockbridge, Mass, Housatonic Valley Association – Cornwall Bridge, CT & Stockbridge, MA, Sharon Audubon Center & Miles Wildlife Sanctuary – Sharon, Conn, LAKES & PONDS – Free Public Boat Launches/Access, Beartown State Forest, MA – Monterey, Mass, © 2020 Housatonic Heritage. Fishing is a major activity along the entire length of the river and its tributaries. Don't jump into a swimming hole without scouting it first. Two men from the Bronx in their 20s were sought for days after being seen going underwater while swimming in the river near the Bulls Bridge Power Plant. [19] Although the water quality has improved in recent decades, and some remediation has taken place,[20][21] the river continues to be contaminated by PCBs. This section of the river offers anglers a wide variety of target species to chase and has recently gained recognition as a world class, year round Striped Bass Fishery. The Housatonic River is a popular whitewater paddling destination beginning at Falls Village, Connecticut and continuing to Gaylordsville. It flows southward through western Massachusetts through the Berkshires and into western Connecticut, and empties into Long Island Sound between the cities of Stratford and Milford. Box 496 14 Main Street Stockbridge, MA 01262 T: (413) 298-7024 www.hvatoday.org The Housatonic Valley Association, founded in 1941, works to conserve the natural character and environmental health of our communities […], Audubon Sharon, consisting of the Sharon Audubon Center and Emily Winthrop Miles Wildlife Sanctuary, has been connecting people with nature for over forty years. 1 of 6 Xaviel Saez, 5, of Fairfield, unwinds in the Housatonic River Tuesday, May 27, 2014, while spending the afternoon with his family at Indian Well State Park in Shelton, Conn. ICE EFFECTS ON STREAMFLOW - During winter, ice formation may cause stage and discharge values to appear higher than expected. Camping under the tall pines on the riverbank at Housatonic Meadows evokes a genuine back-to-nature feeling. Some Massachusetts rivers, like the Charles River in Boston, have faced pollution problems and aren’t suitable for swimming. The Housatonic River is also a popular fly fishing destination. Most of the river is quickwater and Class I whitewater with long sections of Class II-III whitewater. The Salmon Creek tributary of the Housatonic River may have been named for this salmonid, which can reach up to 30 pounds (14 kg). Paddle across Lower Goose Pond, a mountain lake anchored by steep ridgelines that also support a remote section of the 2,179-mile Appalachian Trail. Hundreds of people have been injured or killed in the waterfalls and swimming holes of New England over the years. Du Bois Educational Series at Great Barrington, Clinton Church Restoration – Great Barrington. In New Milford, one of two drowning victims was recovered from the Housatonic River on Friday, according to the Republican-American. It flows 149 miles southward through western Massachusetts, through the Berkshires and into western Connecticut, and empties into Long Island Sound. The Naugatuck River is the Housatonic's largest tributary with a contributing watershed of 312 square miles (810 km2).[3]. The Housatonic River watershed drains 1,948 square miles (5,050 km2) in western Connecticut and Massachusetts and eastern New York. The USS Housatonic has the distinction of being the first ship in history to be sunk by a submarine, the Confederate vessel CSS H.L. 83 towns, 8 major tributaries, 24 sub-watersheds, rugged mountains, rolling hills, tidal estuary, 100,000 recreational acres and 50 million years of history… ready to explore. From circa 1932 until 1977, the river received PCB pollution discharges from the General Electric (GE) plant at Pittsfield, Massachusetts. We source all products, materials and packaging from the U.S.A. We specialize in paddle style swim baits and other soft baits. ON THE WATER Join us for a unique experience offering unparalleled panoramic views of the states skyline, and many of the area's most famous landmarks. This is a list of state parks and reserves in the Connecticut state park system, shown in four tables. Best swimming holes/quarries in the state? NEW MILFORD — The police department has identified the two men who drowned while swimming on the Housatonic River last week. We have been fishing the Housatonic River and Long Island sound for over 20 years [7], English settlement of the northern Housatonic Valley began in 1725 in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Be weary of slippery rocks. Contamination extends along the river from Pittsfield, Massachusetts through Connecticut, and into Long Island Sound.NOAA provided technical assistance to EPA throughout the cleanup, from 1994 until 2014. There is an American nuclear weapon test of the same name, although it is not known if the name originated from the river or some other source. Boaters can launch from a state boat ramp on Cooper Creek Road. June 11, 2020, in Kent, Conn. Photo: H John Voorhees III / Hearst Connecticut Media List of crossings of the Housatonic River, "Feature Detail Report for: Salmon Creek", Housatonic River Basin Final Natural Resources Restoration Plan, Environmental Assessment, and Environmental Impact Evaluation for Connecticut, "A Paddling Guide to the Housatonic River in Berkshire County", "Pootatuck River & Deep Brook - Nutmeg Trout Unlimited", Massachusetts Covered Bridges - Upper Sheffield Bridge, Status Review for Anadromous Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) in the United States. Bring a picnic to enjoy, or head down Route 110/Howe Avenue into Shelton for brunch or lunch at Center Street Social. Mount Greylock State Reservation became Massachusetts’ first wilderness state park in 1898, to preserve its natural environment for public enjoyment. Indian Well Falls, Shelton Tucked inside Indian Well State Park along the Housatonic River, this scenic waterfall ends in a circular splash pool at the base of the falls. Most notable are two lakes in Connecticut, Lake Zoar, which borders Monroe, Newtown, Oxford, and Southbury, and Lake Lillinonah. Stretching 149 miles from its source in the Berkshires south to Long Island Sound, the Housatonic watershed encompasses the “mainstem” river itself, along with dozens of tributaries, streams, lakes and […] [24], Birds, such as ducks, and fish that live in and around the river contain significant levels of PCBs and can present health risks if consumed. Trout, bass, and perch abound and some of the best fly fishing can be found in southwestern Massachusetts and northwestern Connecticut. BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it has finalized a landmark cleanup plan for the Housatonic River. Do not climb up or along the side of waterfalls. [18] Aroclor 1254 and Aroclor 1260, made by Monsanto, was a primary contaminant of the pollution in the Housatonic River. Further south, high on the Berkshire Plateau, the Buck River makes its way southeastward and connects with the Farmington River. Additionally, parts of the the Housatonic River has been shown to contain high levels of PCBs, which may be linked to health problems. Fly fishing on the river has been compared with many western rivers and boasts some of the finest trophy trout fishing in the eastern US. The best way to learn more about the river and specific pools is to fish with one of our experienced guides . Shelton has more than eleven miles of Housatonic River shoreline, much of which appears forested as viewed from the water, even in densely populated areas. Boston, MA. [17] Most of the PCBs used in the United States during this period were made by Monsanto. Cornwall Bridge, CT. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Artist Emily Winthrop Miles donated […], MASSACHUSETTS: Becket, Mass – BUCKLEY – DUTTON RESERVOIR – Yokum Pond Road Becket Center, Mass – CENTER POND (car top boat access only) – Route 8 Becket, Mass – SHAW POND – Route 8 Hinsdale, Mass – ASHMERE LAKES (car top boat access only) – Route 143 Lanesborough, Mass – CHESHIRE RESERVOIR – Route 8 […], Beartown State Forest has two distinctly different worlds between the summer and winter. We are also involved in facilitating the acquisition of land for affordable housing. Trout, bass, and perch abound and some of the best fly fishing can be found in southwestern Massachusetts and northwestern Connecticut. It is an impoundment dam between the cities of Shelton and Derby. Inspired by the river during his honeymoon, the American classical music composer Charles Ives wrote "The Housatonic at Stockbridge" as part of his composition Three Places in New England during the 1910s, drawing his text from a poem of the same name by Robert Underwood Johnson. Highly contaminated soil would be removed and shipped to federally-approved facilities outside the state, while less-contaminated soil would be placed in a new specially-designed landfill in Berkshire County. Lake Housatonic is located in the towns of Derby, Monroe, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton. The Housatonic River (/ˌhuːsəˈtɒnɪk/ HOOS-ə-TON-ik) is a river, approximately 149 miles (240 km) long,[3][4] in western Massachusetts and western Connecticut in the United States. Housatonic Valley Association. The bedrock along the edges of the falls make for a perfect spot to roll out a towel and catch some rays between dips in the pool below. [23] Additional remediation is planned for the downstream polluted areas of the river. Also official swimming beach on river with lifeguard and facilities (no photo). Exhibitors are welcome to bring their antiques […]. Since 1952, Connecticut River Conservancy has been the voice for the Connecticut River watershed, from source to sea. Ice effects may be minor (occurring only at night and early morning) with baseline flows obvious, or the effects may be major (stage constantly increases over several days or weeks) resulting in greatly erroneous discharge. Hikers will enjoy a splendid view of the river from the Appalachian Trail where it parallels the river as it passes through Sharon, Cornwall and Kent, Conn. HOUSATONIC RIVER – OFFICIAL ACCESS POINTS…paddling from north to south 0-3 Hunley. The Appalachian Trail follows the river along this section from the Bulls Bridge covered wooden bridge near Kent to Falls Village. From its headwaters north of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, south to Kent, Connecticut. U.S. Geological Survey. Our purpose is to assist landowners in preserving the scenic countryside of Stockbridge, Massachusetts. P.O. Five dams impound the river in Connecticut to produce hydroelectricity: the Falls Village, Bulls Bridge, Shepaug, Stevenson and Derby dams. In the 21st century, the mercury remains in the river sediment and flows downstream, especially during storm events. [19] Former filled oxbows are also polluted. Unknown creek and Housatonic River: TYPE: Falls/River: DESCRIPTION: Scenic waterfall in creek with swimming in a deep, small pool at the bottom dammed up with rocks (photo above). EPA's plan is subject to public comment and is expected to be finalized later in 2020. Emergency crews will continue the search for two men missing after swimming in the Housatonic River in New Milford. A Trustees of Reservations property located on Goose Pond. The bodies of two men who were swimming in the Housatonic River in Litchfield County were recovered by investigators, police said. [3] The Housatonic rises from four sources in far western Massachusetts in the Berkshire Mountains near the city of Pittsfield. The lake is long and narrow, retaining a riverine nature. EPA and GE began a cleanup of the area in 1999. ", "Understanding PCB Risks at the GE-Pittsfield/Housatonic River Site", "Distribution of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in the Housatonic River and Adjacent Aquifer, Massachusetts", Housatonic River PCB Soils and Sediment Remediation, "Housatonic River Ecological Risk Assessment. Lake Lillinonah is used by the GMS Rowing Center and is host to the GMS Regatta. All rights reserved. Cabins are close to Lake Zoar, which is part of the Housatonic River, in this 605-acre park. We hand pour in Milford, CT. We primarily target saltwater fish with the avid surfcaster in mind. Protects The Housatonic River & Its Watershed Housatonic Valley Association P.O. The most popular area for fly fishing is in Litchfield County, Connecticut between the dam at Falls Village and the Cornwall Bridge. Kettletown State Park, Southbury. Its watershed is just to the west of the watershed of the lower Connecticut River. About the Connecticut River Conservancy. [9][12] These native inhabitants burned the forests along the Housatonic Valley in the autumn to keep the underbrush down, a practice which was customary throughout Connecticut prior to European settlement. Fly fishing on the Housatonic River has been compared with western rivers and is among the finest for trout in the eastern United States. [15][16] The Salmon Creek tributary of the Housatonic River may have been named for this salmonid, which can reach up to 30 pounds (14 kg). The most dangerous and difficult section that is navigable is by Bulls Bridge, with Class V whitewater. The clear, cold river water also provides a fine opportunity for fly fishermen to test their skills on trout and bass. Crossing south into Connecticut, the Housatonic's major tributaries are the Blackberry River (in Canaan), Salmon Creek (below Falls Village), Ten Mile River (above Gaylordsville but originating in New York), Still River (south of New Milford), Shepaug River (at the Bridgewater and Southbury border), Pomperaug River (at Southbury), and Naugatuck River (in Derby). Both lakes are major water-sport recreation outlets for the surrounding towns. The Housatonic River starts from four sources in western Massachusetts in the Berkshire mountains near the city of Pittsfield. Similar risks extend to species beyond those specifically evaluated. The river's total fall is 1,430 feet (440 m) (959 feet (292 m) from the confluence of its east and west branches) to Long Island Sound. They collaborate with partners across four states to protect and advocate for your rivers and educate and engage communities. SCOUT FIRST, SWIM SECOND - Never enter a swimming hole without first scouting it, even if you see somebody else swimming in it. Tekoa, in Russell, MA, to the Lee/Lenox town line in Berkshire County, the Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway winds through the small towns of Russell, Huntington, Chester, Becket and Lee, providing views of the Wild and Scenic Westfield River along the way. Its major tributaries in Massachusetts are (heading downstream) the Williams River (in Great Barrington), Green River and Konkapot River (in Ashley Falls). It is wild and rugged, yet accessible to visitors for hiking, camping, and overnight meals & lodging at […], Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway–From the rocky heights of Mt. phone 413-394-9, For information on the Connecticut sections of the Housatonic River…, Housatonic Valley Association [10] "Pootatuck River" eventually came to refer a lesser tributary in the Housatonic watershed which empties into the Housatonic River at Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Box 251, South Lee, Mass 01260 phone 860-672-6678, In partnership with the National Park Service, Goose Pond Reservation – 112 acres. [5] The paper industry grew using the river's power from circa 1800. We definitely recommend it for anyone who plans to fish the Housatonic. After hours of searching the day before, dive teams and first responders were back out scouring the river Thursday for the 21- and 24-year-old New York men, who went missing Wednesday while swimming in the Housatonic River. [13], One notable native was Chief Squantz of the Schaghticoke tribe, who still hold a portion of the former reservation on the west side of the Housatonic River, in what is now called the town of Kent. Fishing is a major activity along the entire length of the river and its tributaries. A deadly and extreme Class VI resides at Great Falls in Canaan (Falls Village) and is most likely not able to be paddled. For detailed information on paddling time and distance between access points, paddling conditions/terrain, location of dams, portaging spots and driving directions to access sites, visit HVA website….www.hvatoday.org, Fred Garner Park Access – Pomeroy Ave., Pittsfield, Decker Landing Access – New Lenox Rd., Lenox, Woods Pond Bridge Access – Crystal St., Lenoxdale, Lee Athletic Field Access – Housatonic St., Lee, Sheffield Covered Bridge – Route 7, Sheffield, A COMPLETE RIVER ACCESS GUIDE CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM… http://www.hvatoday.org/publications/BerkshirePaddleGuide.pdf, For information on the Massachusetts sections of the Housatonic River…, Housatonic Valley Association By 1600, the inhabitants were mostly Mohicans and may have numbered 30,000. CAMA is an all-volunteer organization. The tidal section of the Housatonic River is a 7-mile stretch of brackish water, which feeds into Long Island Sound along the shores of the towns of Stratford and Milford. The most popular area for fly fishing is between the Falls Village Dam and the town of Cornwall Bridge in Litchfield County. Box 28 Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754 Phone: 860-672-6678 —AND— Housatonic Valley Association P.O. g a south to ... With over 100,00 acre0 s of public recreation land throughou thte watershed, opportunities for swimming, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, sculling, boating, hiking, camping and cross-country skiing abound Th. Two are in Connecticut: one known as Bull's Bridge, which spans the river between Gaylordsville and Kent, and another at Cornwall, known as the West Cornwall Covered Bridge. [5] At Great Barrington, a grist mill built by David Ingersoll in 1739 used the river for power. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated the Pittsfield plant and several miles of the Housatonic as a Superfund site in 1997, and ordered GE to remediate the site. [31][32] High mercury levels are measured in the sediment at the outflow delta of the Housatonic River into Long Island Sound.[33]. Volunteer Infantry Regiment Trail, W.E.B. I have been looking for some fun natural places for me and friends to swim and camp out, preferably places that have some height to them for some short cliff-jumping into water. The highest concentrations of PCBs in the Housatonic River are found in Woods Pond in Lenox, Massachusetts, just south of Pittsfield, where they have been measured up to 110 mg/kg in the sediment. The Deerfield River, however, is perfectly safe for swimming and canoe adventures. Indigenous people began using the river area for fishing and hunting at least 6,000 years ago. ", "GE Plant Area of the GE-Pittsfield/Housatonic River Site", "Former Filled Oxbows of the GE-Pittsfield/Housatonic River Site", "Rest of River of the GE-Pittsfield/Housatonic River Site", "General State-wide Advice for Eating Recreationally Caught Fish and Waterfowl In Massachusetts", "If I Catch It, Can I Eat It? Creating life-changing experiences that enable community members and their families to appreciate, understand and protect the natural world is at the very core of our mission. P.O. The hat manufacturing industry of Danbury, Connecticut, which operated from the 19th to the mid-20th century, was the source of most of this mercury pollution, from mercury nitrate used in the felting process. In 1900, there were 30 dams on the river in Pittsfield. Paddling…The waters of the Housatonic River provide excellent white-water and flat-water canoeing & kayaking and swimming. Until 1977, the Buck River makes its way southeastward and connects the. 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