The Mill River is a 1.25-mile-long (2.01 km) tributary of the Connecticut River in Springfield, Massachusetts. It flows from Watershops Pond (also known as Lake Massasoit) to its confluence with the Connecticut River. It is referred to as "The Miracle Mile" in a 2009 master's thesis that outlines possibilities for reclaiming the river's mouth as a recreational area.[1] As of 2011, the final 350 feet (110 m) of the river, including its mouth, is confined in a pipe underneath Interstate 91, railroad tracks and a car dealership.[1] Many Springfield residents have bemoaned the loss of the Mill River as a recreational area, and hope to gain greater access to both it and the Connecticut River in upcoming years.[2][3][citation needed] As it has for over a century, today the Mill River serves as a barrier between Springfield neighborhoods. Surrounding it are some of the most densely urbanized locations in Springfield.[4]

At the head of the Mill River there are steep stone retaining walls that were built to prevent the river's banks from degrading any further. The Mill River was once valued for its benefits to developing industry. Today, incompatible land uses present a problem to "freeing" the river to become a recreational area again. A 2009 master's thesis described a plan that could revitalize the Mill River and its surrounding neighborhoods by remaking the river as a recreational attraction, connecting the Connecticut River and the Basketball Hall of Fame with Watershops Pond and Springfield College.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Verel, Amy C. (December 2009), Reclaiming the Miracle Mile: A Greenway Park Design & Land Use Strategy for Springfield's Lower Mill River, Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning Masters Projects. Paper 8. University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  2. ^ "Hell's Acres: The Ruins of South Branch Park, Part 2". 16 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Springfield Access | Connecticut River Paddlers' Trail". Archived from the original on 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2014-08-09.
  4. ^ "Springfield, Massachusetts (MA) profile: population, maps, real estate, averages, homes, statistics, relocation, travel, jobs, hospitals, schools, crime, moving, houses, news, sex offenders".

42°06′25″N 72°32′35″W / 42.10694°N 72.54306°W / 42.10694; -72.54306 Age in years of a dam removed from the Mill River in MA. Over nearly two decades, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has deconstructed eight defunct dams from the Taunton River watershed, restoring its connectivity to Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Once heavily polluted by industrial waste, the waterways biodiversity- including migratory river herring, sea lampreys, turtles & otters- is rebounding. Recreational activities like kayaking & canoeing are also on the rise. TNC, issue 1 2024.