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Difficulty II-IV
Length 0.9 Miles
Flow Range 3.50 - 5.80 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 3.46 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/10/2017 6:31 pm

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.

Rapid Descriptions


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Peter Ashley
1 year ago

There is a wide log at the start of the mousetrap section blocking the river left side and is difficult to see at 5' as it's mostly submerged.

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Peter Ashley
1 year ago

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.

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Mark Rollins
13 years ago

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)

Gage Descriptions

The Marcy Road gauge is a new U.S.G.S. gauge that has recently come online. It is on the Natchaug River just upstream of the put-in.

Appalachian Whitewater (see below) lists a physical gage, visible from the Rte. 198 bridge above the Diana's Pool takeout, upstream of the bridge on river right against the rock wall. 1.75 is too low, 3.0 is medium, and 5.0 is a high-water level which buries the gage.

Local paddlers often make low water runs down to 1.0 on the boaters gauge. At this level the England Road put-in is too low and boaters must carry up from the take-out to Mousetrap.

Gauge Correlation:
Boaters Gauge                         On-line Gauge
1.0                                               3.5
1.5                                               4.2
2.0                                               4.6
2.5                                               5.1
3.0                                               5.5
3.5                                               5.7
4.0                                               6.0
5.0                                               7.0
6.0                                               8.0    Flood


Directions Description

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2015-04-01 n/a Near Miss/Rescue Other Read More



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1201886 03/08/13 Jeff Paine Proper naming
1207436 04/10/17 Sam cleaned up text and changed pic to reflect reach
1205157 08/04/15 Sam
1207432 04/10/17 Sam numbers
1190245 01/01/07 Jim Michaud