Marshepaug River

The Marshepaug River is a 3-mile-long (4.8 km) stream in the towns of Goshen and Litchfield in northwest Connecticut in the United States. The river rises near the southwest corner of Woodbridge Lake and then flows in a southwest direction through the Milton Center Historic District to its mouth on the East Branch of the Shepaug River.[3] It drains an area of more than 7,000 acres (2,800 ha) and has a gradient of over 52 feet per mile.[3]

Marshepaug River
(Also called Ackerman Brook, Great Pond River, Marshapogge River, Mashepaug River, and other names) [1]
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Milton Historic District on the Marshepaug River
Marshepaug River is located in Connecticut
Source and mouth of Marshepaug River in Connecticut
CountryUnited States
TownsGoshen, Litchfield
Physical characteristics
SourceWoodbridge Lake
 ⁃ locationGoshen, Massachusetts
 ⁃ coordinates(41°47′53″N 73°15′13″W / 41.798102°N 73.253510°W / 41.798102; -73.253510)
 ⁃ elevation1,138 ft (347 m) [2]
MouthEast Branch of the Shepaug River
 ⁃ location
Litchfield, Connecticut
 ⁃ coordinates
(41°46′01″N 73°16′39″W / 41.7670404°N 73.2776167°W / 41.7670404; -73.2776167)
 ⁃ elevation
978 ft (298 m) [1]
Length3 mi (4.8 km)[3]
Basin size7,291.86 acres (2,950.91 ha) [4]
 ⁃ maximum30 feet (9.1 m)[3]
Basin features
River systemHousatonic
Gradient52.66 fpm


During the 19th century, the river provided waterpower for sawmills, gristmills, bloomery forges, and other industries.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Marshepaug River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Woodbridge Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ a b c d Maccracken, Jim (2018). "Litchfield County Connecticut Stream and River Fishing & Floating Guide". Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  4. ^ "Connecticut Watersheds" (PDF). Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  5. ^ Vermilyea, Peter C. (2014). "Hidden History of Litchfield County". The History Press. Retrieved October 31, 2019.