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Quinebaug River and environs


The Quinebaug River is a river in south-central Massachusettsmarker and eastern Connecticutmarker, with watershed extending into western Rhode Islandmarker.

The river is about 80 miles (129 km) in length. It originates from an unnamed pond near Mashapaug Pond in Union, Connecticutmarker, and ponds northwest of Sturbridge, Massachusettsmarker, flows generally southeast and south through Connecticutmarker (Putnammarker, Danielsonmarker, Plainfieldmarker, Canterburymarker and Jewett Citymarker), the river joins Aspinook pond which begins in Canterburymarker and ends in Jewett Citymarker. The river then continues to the Shetucket River northeast of Norwichmarker. That river flows from there into the Thames River and drains into the Long Island Soundmarker. It is dammed in its upper reaches at East Brimfield Dam, Westville Dam, and West Thompson Dam all for flood control, as well as numerous mill dams which powered mills along the river's course. Some of these still provide hydroelectric power today.

The Quinebaug River watershed covers , and extends into western Rhode Islandmarker. It is heavily forested with 29 named streams including six major tributaries (the French, Moosupmarker and Five Mile Rivers, and the Wales, Mill and Cady brooks). The watershed also contains 54 lakes and ponds, 31 of which with an area of or more, for a total of about 3,000 acres (12 kmĀ²); the largest is East Brimfield Reservoir in Brimfieldmarker and Sturbridgemarker ( ). The watershed is home to fish species including trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike, and panfish. Elevations range from above sea level on Mount Pisgahmarker in Wales, Massachusettsmarker, to about in Norwich, Connecticutmarker.

Crossings

Carries Location Built
I-395 (Connecticut Turnpike) Lisbonmarker and Griswoldmarker 1956
Providence and Worcester Railroad
Route 12/Route 138
Silvandale Road crossing (abandoned, bridge removed)
Providence and Worcester Railroad Canterburymarker
Butts Bridge Road
Route 14marker Canterburymarker and Plainfieldmarker
Route 205 Brooklynmarker and Plainfieldmarker
US 6 Brooklynmarker and Killinglymarker
Route 101 Pomfretmarker and Killinglymarker
Cotton Bridge Road
Landfill access bridge (private) Putnammarker
Airline Rail Trail
US 44
Bridge Street
Route 171
West Thompson Road Thompsonmarker 1964
Blain Road (closed to vehicles)
Red Bridge Road 1964
Brickyard Road 1964
Fabyan Road 1999
Route 197
Route 131 Dudleymarker
Southbridge Branch RR (abandoned)
West Dudley Road
East Main Street Southbridgemarker
AO Factory Road (private)
AO Factory Pedestrian Bridge (private)
AO Factory Pedestrian Bridge (private)
AO Factory Pedestrian Bridge (private)
Pipeline crossing
Business Park Road (Private)
Route 169 1956
Central Street
River Street
Mill Street 1956
Route 131
Westville Dam service road Sturbridgemarker and Southbridgemarker 2003
Breakneck Road/Wallace Road 1956
Old Mashapaug Road Sturbridgemarker 1956
Grand Trunk Rail Trail 2002
Farquhar Road 1939
Haynes Street 1961
I-84 1971
Old Sturbridge Village Road 1972
OSV Pedestrian Bridge (Private)
OSV Covered Bridge (Private)
Stallion Hill Road 1956
Holland Road 1956
Holland-East Brimfield Road Brimfieldmarker 1958
Morse Road (closed) Hollandmarker 1939
Pond Bridge Road 1934
East Brimfield Road 1958
Potterdam Road (private)
Sturbridge Road 1939
Mashapaug Road
Holland Road Unionmarker 1954
I-84
Buckley Highway 1954
Mashapaug Pond Dam


References



Image:USACE Brimfield Lake and Dam.jpg|Brimfield Lake and Dam on the Quinebaug River in Hampden County, MassachusettsImage:USACE Westville Lake and Dam.jpg|Westville Lake and Dam on the Quinebaug River in Worcester County, Massachusetts


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