Du Bois Educational Series at Great Barrington, Clinton Church Restoration – Great Barrington. [5][6] It is referred to in the deed by which a group of twelve colonists called "The Proprietors" captured the land now called Sherman and New Fairfield as "Ousetonack". The Appalachian Trail follows the river along this section from the Bulls Bridge covered wooden bridge near Kent to Falls Village. Cabins sit among the tall pines along the Housatonic River, part of the park’s 452 acres. Indigenous people began using the river area for fishing and hunting at least 6,000 years ago. Many species of aquatic life and wildlife in the Housatonic River ecosystem are at an intermediate to high risk from their exposure to PCBs in both the river and floodplain. Lake Housatonic is located in the towns of Derby, Monroe, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton. They collaborate with partners across four states to protect and advocate for your rivers and educate and engage communities. The lake is long and narrow, retaining a riverine nature. The bodies of two men who were swimming in the Housatonic River in Litchfield County were recovered by investigators, police said. Kettletown State Park, Southbury. 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Between 1932 and 1977, the General Electric Company (GE) released PCBs and other chemical wastes into the Housatonic River. The role of the Housatonic River in our future lives will depend on how well we learn to balance the many competing, and often conflicting, demands that we make on the river and its surrounding lands. 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. Paddling…The waters of the Housatonic River provide excellent white-water and flat-water canoeing & kayaking and swimming. [3] The Housatonic rises from four sources in far western Massachusetts in the Berkshire Mountains near the city of Pittsfield. 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. From its headwaters north of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, south to Kent, Connecticut. 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. 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. [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). 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 All rights reserved. Historically, the Housatonic River and its Naugatuck River tributary hosted the southernmost spawning runs of the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Our purpose is to assist landowners in preserving the scenic countryside of Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The United States Navy named a ship for the Housatonic River. The scenic Housatonic River is an integral part of Shelton's history and identity. [23] Additional remediation is planned for the downstream polluted areas of the river. Both lakes are major water-sport recreation outlets for the surrounding towns. [18] Aroclor 1254 and Aroclor 1260, made by Monsanto, was a primary contaminant of the pollution in the Housatonic River. We definitely recommend it for anyone who plans to fish the Housatonic. 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. 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 Box 251, South Lee, Mass 01260 Camping under the tall pines on the riverbank at Housatonic Meadows evokes a genuine back-to-nature feeling. Box 28 Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754 Phone: 860-672-6678 —AND— Housatonic Valley Association P.O. The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area Exists To Illuminate The Diverse, Rich Identity Of The Upper Housatonic River Valley Region & To Preserve & Promote Its Historical, Cultural & Natural Resources. phone 860-672-6678, In partnership with the National Park Service, Goose Pond Reservation – 112 acres. Five dams impound the river in Connecticut to produce hydroelectricity: the Falls Village, Bulls Bridge, Shepaug, Stevenson and Derby dams. Be weary of slippery rocks. Camping season: May 24-Sept. 1. The last three dams form a chain of lakes: Lake Lillinonah, Lake Zoar and Lake Housatonic, from New Milford south to Shelton. Lake Lillinonah is used by the GMS Rowing Center and is host to the GMS Regatta. [25][26][27][28], Negotiations regarding how to clean up the contaminated areas south of Pittsfield had continued for many years since the initial Superfund site designations, involving GE, EPA, local governments, citizen groups and other stakeholders. NEW MILFORD — The police department has identified the two men who drowned while swimming on the Housatonic River last week. About the Connecticut River Conservancy. The town of Stockbridge is located in southwestern Massachusetts. [22], As of 2020 GE has completed remediation and restoration of the 10 manufacturing plant areas within the city, and is conducting inspection, monitoring and maintenance activities. 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. Fishing is a major activity along the entire length of the river and its tributaries. In February 2020 EPA announced a settlement agreement involving GE, EPA and most of the concerned parties, to remove contaminated sediment from the river. Quaint New England villages dot your journey, full of history and surrounded by spectacular natural … Site design by, Hiking Trails Map – Northwest Connecticut, 54th Mass. [7], English settlement of the northern Housatonic Valley began in 1725 in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Best swimming holes/quarries in the state? Further south, high on the Berkshire Plateau, the Buck River makes its way southeastward and connects with the Farmington River. [7] Samuel Orcutt, a 19th-century historian, explained the term's pronunciation as "more properly...Howsatunnuck" and also noted an early spelling in the form of "Oweantinock". The Housatonic River flows 149 miles from its four source isn western Massachusetts Followin. 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