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Connecticut River

The largest river in New England, the Connecticut River originates at the Connecticut Lakes in northern New Hampshire and flows south, acting as the border between New Hampshire and Vermont before crossing into Massachusetts and then bisecting Connecticut and flowing into Long Island Sound at Old Saybrook. The Connecticut River, designated as an American Heritage River in 1997, was first seen by a Europen in 1614 when Dutch explorer Adriaen Block said up from the Sound. In the decades following the British and the Dutch built trading posts in Windsor and Hartford, respectively. Like most waterways, the Connecticut was a major transportation route for centuries and many industries were built... Show more »
The largest river in New England, the Connecticut River originates at the Connecticut Lakes in northern New Hampshire and flows south, acting as the border between New Hampshire and Vermont before crossing into Massachusetts and then bisecting Connecticut and flowing into Long Island Sound at Old Saybrook. The Connecticut River, designated as an American Heritage River in 1997, was first seen by a Europen in 1614 when Dutch explorer Adriaen Block said up from the Sound. In the decades following the British and the Dutch built trading posts in Windsor and Hartford, respectively. Like most waterways, the Connecticut was a major transportation route for centuries and many industries were built along its banks. In the late 1800s, the river was used for massive logging drives from as far away as Canada. These days, the Connecticut River is used primarily for fishing and recreational boating, as communities along the river have discouraged further development along the banks and controls were enacted to clean up damage caused by industrial plants. Thanks, in part, to the Clean Water Act of 1965, the river has been upgraded from a Class D to a Class B river. « Show less

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  • CT Wine Trail Kicks Off Summer Season This Memorial Day Weekend

    Drink up the New England charm and coastal majesty of the Connecticut Wine Trail. The flavor of the wines are as diverse as the villages in which they're produced.
  • Exploring Gillette Castle

    Exploring Gillette Castle
       With gas prices sky high, we can't forget the gorgeous destinations available to us, right here in Connecticut.  Gilette Castle in East Haddam begins it's season this coming weekend and the grounds have never looked so beautiful.  "The view of the...

    Homes Destroyed, People Missing And 767,000 Without Power After Irene

    Homes Destroyed, People Missing And 767,000 Without Power After Irene
    At least 25 homes in East Haven were destroyed, one person has died, others are missing and more than half the state is without power after Tropical Storm Irene tore through Connecticut Sunday. East Haven mayor April Capone said that at least 25 homes in...

    Bird Cruise

    Bird Cruise
    Intrigue surrounds this evening excursion. "Riverquest" abandons the shores of Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam in search of a "secret spot" where a bird phenomonon occurs every September. We cruise down the gorgeous Connecticut River, passing the...

    Daytrippers: The Hartford Belle

    Daytrippers: The Hartford Belle
    The banks of the Connecticut River have a little known liquid asset. Looking for serenity now? The Hartford Belle is a 47-foot cruiser offering both exploration and relaxation. "This is a character boat built in 1992 to match the1920's era type...