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The Housatonic River in Litchfield County, Don’t Take It For Granted

December 28, 2009

The Housatonic River, Lake LillinonahThe Housatonic River, don’t take it for granted! The Housatonic River winds its way through western Connecticut from Pittsfield, MA. The main portion of the river runs 132 miles before emptying into Long Island Sound at Milford Point in CT. The Housatonic River feeds the largest lake in Connecticut, Candlewood Lake. The Rocky River Power Plant on Rt. 7 in New Milford is either bringing water down through the penstocks to make electricity, or pumping water up to the tune of one million gallons of water every four minutes. Now that is pretty impressive!

The Shepaug Dam created Lake Lillinonah in New Milford and Bridgewater, The Stevenson Dam in Monroe is responsible for Lake Zoar and the Derby Dam between Shelton and and Derby creates Lake Housatonic. The river is truly a gem, not only giving us power and recreation, but historically has created great farmland opportunities along its banks. And of course the railroad follows the river. Although the passenger line has been long gone from this area, there is talk of bringing it back. I for one am hopeful this will occur! Fishing, boating, crew, or sitting and watching the river as it winds through our community, so much to do on the Housatonic River or the lakes it so generously provides for us!

Housatonic RiverWinter along the Housatonic River can be very dramatic. If it gets cold enough, impressive ice chunks form and give quite a show. You can hear them cracking and moving if you stop to listen! In this area the cold weather does provide a great source of entertainment, the great Ice Watch in Kent, CT. The Kent Volunteer Fire Department is responsible for this fun event. They put tickets at local stores in Kent for you to purchase, you guess the time the time the ice will break in Kent. They set up their tripod about a mile south of downtown Kent. If there is no ice then a drawing takes place. The winners splits the money with the Kent Volunteer Fire Department. It is a great way for them to raise money, and a very worth cause!

This winter should provide me with some great photo opportunities along the Housatonic River, I am looking forward to some wonderful scenic views!

Ice forming on the Housatonic River

The Housatonic River in Winter

If you are looking to buy a home along the Housatonic River, The Shepaug River, Candlewood Lake, Lake Lillinonah or Lake Waramaug, please give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to discuss your options that are available to you.

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