Natchaug - 2. Diana's Pool, England Road to Route 198

Natchaug, Connecticut, US


2. Diana's Pool, England Road to Route 198

Usual Difficulty II-IV (for normal flows)
Length 0.9 Miles
Avg. Gradient 55 fpm
Max Gradient 120 fpm

Natchaug - Michaud's Hole

Natchaug - Michaud's Hole
Photo of Mark Schappert by Joanne Grogan taken 03/25/01

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01120790 3.50 - 5.80 ft II-IV 00h25m 4.29 ft (running)

River Description

Source: Connelly and Portersfield, Appalachian Whitewater: The Northern States, 4th Edition. Text used with permission.

The Natchaug River is a short, but intense, Class IV drop-pool river in eastern Connecticut, easily reached off Interstate 86. Although the tough section is less than a mile long, the river is worthy of paddling because of its 120-feet-per-mile gradient, including a number of waterfall-type drops that challenge the accomplished boater. A nice spot for a picnic with plenty of play spots, the Natchaug River has clear, clean water and evergreen-covered ledges that keep the senses satisfied. The Natchaug provides drinking water for the Mansfield Reservoir farther downstream, and is stocked annually with trout for fishermen.

The normal take-out is at Diana's Pool, a favorite swimming hole and party spot for University of Connecticut students. Local folklore includes tales of the fair maiden, Diana, running from the Indians, plunging herself in desperation over the short falls to be claimed by the river gods in a rocky pool. You may not find Diana's ghost swimming around at the bottom of one of the many holes, but you will see plenty of mermaid-like coeds along the banks...

The putin is one mile north of the takeout off Route 198. Take the next right above Diana's Pool onto England Road, go over the bridge and park on the left...the river is narrow, about 25 feet wide...Watch out for strainers along this stretch, as spring rains loosen the sandy eastern Connecticut topsoil and trees topple into the river.

See the gauge tab above for visual and on-line correlations.

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November 11 2018 (4 days ago)
kayakrkayakr (159566)
On the story behind Michaud's hole, Jim said that back in the day he used to paddle C-1 and was
known at this point for not swimming. He got into the pour over on one run and was trying to get
out, when the blade of his paddle snapped clean off the shaft. "Now what am I going to do?" he
thought. So he swam that day after equipment function.
December 13 2006 (4355 days ago)
Mark RollinsDetails
There's a new gauge, the Natchaug River at Marcy Road, which should provide a better indication of
flow than the Mount Hope gauge does. 4' = minimum (@1.25' on the bridge gauge) 5.5' = medium high
(@2.65' on the bridge gauge)

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