Where is the Shetucket River?

The Shetucket River, 20.4 miles long, is a main tributary of the Thames River and considered one of the best salmon fishing rivers in New England. Formed in Willimantic, CT by the junction of the Willimantic and Natchaug rivers, it flows south through the towns of Franklin, Scotland, and Sprague. When it reaches Norwich it meets the Quinebaug River and broadens into an estuary stretching another five miles to the Thames River, which empties into Fisher’s Island/Long Island Sound.

The waters received by the Shetucket from the Willimantic and Natchaug  flow down the Hop River from as far northwest as Bolton, CT and down Roaring Brook from as far northeast as Union, CT.

Why is this River Valley so Important?

Much of the Shetucket watershed is still covered with forests and fields. Despite all the commercial and residential development in the Atlantic states and New England, the Shetucket and its tributaries continue to support a rich ecological environment. By preserving these rivers and streams and the land around them, we preserve nature, clean water and air, peace of mind, and property values.

How can you help?

The Friends of the Shetucket River Valley are contributing sweat and equity to the preservation of land in the valley. You can help by becoming a member, making a donation, or joining the effort.


Friends of the Shetucket River Valley, One Main Street, P.O. Box 677, Baltic, CT 06330




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