Wepawaug River
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Below Wepawaug Falls in Woodbridge, Connecticut.
Location
CountryUnited States
StateConnecticut
CountyNew Haven
Physical characteristics
SourceWoodbridge, Connecticut
MouthMilford Harbor to Long Island Sound
 • location
Milford, Connecticut
 • coordinates
41°13′19″N 73°03′19″W / 41.22204°N 73.05539°W / 41.22204; -73.05539Coordinates: 41°13′19″N 73°03′19″W / 41.22204°N 73.05539°W / 41.22204; -73.05539

The Wepawaug River is a stream in New Haven County in the U.S. state of Connecticut.[1] It rises in Woodbridge and flows through Orange and Milford before discharging into Milford Harbor on Long Island Sound. Dams along the river form Wepawaug Reservoir, managed by the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, Wepawaug Lake, and the Upper and Lower Lagoons. Race Brook is a tributary.

History

English settlers built a grist mill by the river in 1640.[2] Another mill on the river in Orange made fabric for union soldiers’ uniforms during the American Civil War.[3]

Crossings

The Wepawaug by Milford City Hall
The Wepawaug by Milford City Hall

The stone Memorial Bridge was built across the river in Milford in 1899 to commemorate Milford's history and bears the names of Milford's first settlers.[4] The river is also crossed by U.S. Route 1, Interstate 95, Route 34 and the Wilbur Cross Parkway.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Wepawaug River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  2. ^ Greene, M. Louise (March 1899). "Early Milford". The Connecticut Magazine. Vol. 5, no. 3.
  3. ^ "OLT Leading Hike Through Wepawaug". Milford-Orange Times. October 19, 2018. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  4. ^ South Central Regional Council of Governments (1991). "#5 Milford Center Historic Walk". Milford Center Historic Walk.