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Difficulty II
Length 5 Miles
Flow Range 3.80 - 5.80 FT
Flow Rate as of: 32 minutes ago 1.9 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/04/2018 5:42 pm

River Description

The Natchaug River flows through forestland with several campgrounds. Lack of development allows for water quality being among the cleanest in the state. This is a popular canoe route in the spring and late fall.
The river is not easily accessible from route 44. The put-in is about ¼ mile South of junction route 44 and route 198, to General Lyon Road and Pilfeershire Street. A short walk from the put-in easily scouts the first rapid.
At the put-in the river is known as the Still River until the confluence with Bigelow Brook, which forms the Natchaug River.
Mile    ½          Confluence with Bigelow Brook
Mile 1 ½          On-Stage Rapid
Mile 2 ¼          Natchaug State Forest stone bridge and picnic area
Mile 2 ¾          Elbow Rapid
Mile 3 ¾          Morey Road Bridge
Mile 4 ½          Marcy Road Bridge
Mile 6              North Bear Hill Road Bridge
Mile 7              England Road Bridge
The Natchaug State Forest picnic area is the location of many canoe poling workshops. Forest service sign indicates entrance to the park off route 198 between route 44 and route 6 (Lat: 41.84076 Lon: -72.09196)
The take-out is on river left, upstream side of the England Road bridge. A dirt pull-off is available for parking.

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1194783 09/29/20 n/a n/a
1201888 03/08/13 Jeff Paine Proper naming
1207435 04/10/17 Sam Southgate numbered
1213581 08/28/19 Alex Barham Swap put-in / take-out locations (take-out is upstream of put-in)
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