The Hockanum River

Michael Montovani (CQ), left, of Hartford, and his teammate, David Bocchichio (CQ), of Plainville get a paddle stroke ahead of Dennis Lake, of Vernon, front, and Joe Groves, of Newington, while passing through the rapids during the Hockanum River Race from Vernon to East Hartford in 2005. Competitors in the 27th annual Hockanum River Canoe and Kayak Race made their way through Class II rapids on the river in Manchester near Oakland St. (MICHAEL KODAS/THE HARTFORD COURANT / June 14, 2010)

HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: From the Native American word "Hocquaun," meaning "hook-shaped."

LOCATION: The 25-mile river's source is Shenipsit Lake, which is bordered by Ellington, Tolland and Vernon. The river flows west through Manchester and East Hartford until it joins the Connecticut River.

DID YOU KNOW? The state's first cotton mill was built on the river by Samuel Pitkin in 1794. More than 100 mills have lined the river's banks through the years. Today, the Hockanum River is used mostly for boating, fishing, and hiking on trails alongside the river.