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Shepaug River
(Also called Sheppang, Sheppog, Shippang,
Shippaug, and Shippoack)
Roxbury Falls 073.JPG
Roxbury Falls on the Shepaug River
Shepaug River is located in Connecticut
Source and mouth of Shepaug River in Connecticut
CountryUnited States
TownsWarren, Washington, Roxbury, Southbury
Physical characteristics
SourceShepaug Reservoir
 • locationWarren, Connecticut
 • coordinates(41°43′24″N 73°17′39″W / 41.723354°N 73.294079°W / 41.723354; -73.294079)
 • elevation820 ft (250 m) [2]
MouthLake Lillinonah
 • location
Southbury, Connecticut
 • coordinates
(41°28′09″N 73°18′38″W / 41.4692620°N 73.3106729°W / 41.4692620; -73.3106729)
 • elevation
197 ft (60 m) [1]
Length26 mi (42 km)
Basin size45,400.46 acres (18,372.91 ha) [3]
 • maximum30 feet (9.1 m)
Basin features
River systemHousatonic
Gradient20 to 30 fpm [4]

The Shepaug River is a 26.0-mile-long (41.8 km)[5] river in western Connecticut, in the United States.

The river originates at the south end of the Shepaug Reservoir in the town of Warren. The reservoir is fed at its northern end by the West Branch Shepaug River and East Branch Shepaug River. The Shepaug runs south through Washington, Roxbury, and Southbury, where it joins the Housatonic River at Lake Lillinonah (41°30′37″N 73°19′08″W / 41.5102°N 73.3190°W / 41.5102; -73.3190) dammed by the hydroelectric Shepaug Dam. The river's watershed area comprises approximately 150 square miles (390 km2), which encompasses the towns of Cornwall, Goshen, Torrington, Warren, Litchfield, Washington, Morris, New Milford, Roxbury, Bridgewater, and Southbury.[6]

The vicinity of the Shepaug River has been inhabited by humans since around 4000 B.C., though according to archaeology, there was a decline in population around 1000 B.C.[7]

The river is a primary source of drinking water for the city of Waterbury, and has been the subject of regional litigation over how much water may be removed from the river.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Shepaug River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Shepaug Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ "Connecticut Watersheds" (PDF). Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "The Shepaug River". Shepaug River Association. May 16, 2002. Archived from the original on January 14, 2006. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 1, 2011
  6. ^ "Shepaug River Watershed Summary" (PDF). 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  7. ^ Josephy, Jr., Alvin M. (1984). Now That the Buffalo's Gone. p. 34. ISBN 0-8061-1915-2.
The river flows past the remains of a pedestrian bridge used by visitors to Holiday House from the Shepaug Railroad in the 1900s.  Photo taken April 22, 2012.
The river flows past the remains of a pedestrian bridge used by visitors to Holiday House from the Shepaug Railroad in the 1900s. Photo taken April 22, 2012.
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