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Whiting River (Connecticut)

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Whiting River
CampbellFalls IMG 0861.jpg
Campbell Falls on the Whiting River
Whiting River (Connecticut) is located in Connecticut
The Whiting River's source (in Massachusetts)
and mouth (in Connecticut)
CountryUnited States
StatesMassachusetts, Connecticut
TownsNew Marlborough, Massachusetts, North Canaan, Connecticut
Physical characteristics
SourceThousand Acre Swamp
 • locationNew Marlborough, Massachusetts
 • coordinates(42°04′00″N 73°12′40″W / 42.0667589°N 73.2112227°W / 42.0667589; -73.2112227)
 • elevation1,388 ft (423 m) [1]
MouthBlackberry River
 • location
North Canaan, Connecticut
 • coordinates
(42°00′40″N 73°16′26″W / 42.0111111°N 73.2738889°W / 42.0111111; -73.2738889)
 • elevation
748 ft (228 m) [2]
Length7 mi (11 km)
Basin size12,464.23 acres (5,044.09 ha) [3]
 • maximum50 feet (15 m)[4]
 • maximum5 feet (1.5 m)[4]
Basin features
River systemHousatonic
 • rightGinger Creek

The Whiting River is a southward-flowing stream located in Massachusetts and the far northwest corner of Connecticut in the United States. The river runs for seven miles from its source at the Thousand Acre Swamp in New Marlborough before emptying into the Blackberry River in North Canaan. The river follows a curving southwesterly course for four miles in Massachusetts, passing over 100-foot-high Campbell Falls at Campbell Falls State Park Reserve, where it is joined by the northwest-flowing Ginger Creek.[5] It flows south for 2.78 miles from the state line north of Canaan Valley to its mouth on the Blackberry River in Connecticut.[4]


The Whiting River drains marshy areas of the southern part of New Marlborough. The river's watershed includes Wolf Swamp, Thousand Acre Swamp, East Indies Pond, and Hay Meadow Pond. Two man-made lakes, Cookson Pond and Windemere Lake, also discharge into the Whiting River in Massachusetts.[5]


  1. ^ "Thousand Acre Site Number 1 Dam". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Whiting River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ "Connecticut Watersheds" (PDF). Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Maccracken, Jim (2018). "Litchfield County Connecticut Stream and River Fishing & Floating Guide". Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "New Marlborough Open Space and Recreation Plan" (PDF). Town of New Marlborough. March 2004. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
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