Photo by John Sargent

MA Towns in the Quinebaug River Watershed:

  • Brimfield

  • Charlton

  • Dudley

  • Holland

  • Sturbridge

  • Southbridge

  • Wales

Major Tributaries in MA:

  • Breakneck Brook

  • Cady Brook

  • Cohasse Brook

  • Hatchet Brook

  • Hamant Brook 

  • Hobbs Brook

  • Lebanon Brook

  • Mill Brook

  • McIntyre Brook

  • McKinstry Brook

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Environmental Concerns for the Quinebaug

Multiple areas along the Quinebaug River and throughout the watershed are prone to flooding.

Additional Facts

History: During the 1700s, the Quinebaug River supported a large farmining base throughout the watershed. In the 1850s, the Wauregan Mill was built on the river, attracting many people to the region. The Quinebaug River provided economic development in Canterbury. Did you know? The name Quinebaug has the Native American meaning of "long pond."

Quinebaug River Activities
Walk, Hike, Bike
Boating & Sailing
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Please contact us with any information about swimming in the Quinebaug River.

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Walk, Hike, Bike


Walking, hiking, and biking locations:

  • Quinebaug River Valley Rail Trail and Bikeway (Dudley). This trail runs for 3.8 miles and is moderately trafficked. There are views of the river and a variety of activity options (horseback riding included). It is best to utilize the trail between April and November.  

    • For a map of the rail trail, click here.  

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Paddling locations in the watershed:

  • Quinebaug River Water Trail. Paddle for 45 miles along the Quinebaug River! 

    • Click here for more information. ​

    • Massachusetts trails:

      • Holland Pond in Holland to East Brimfield Lake in Sturbridge

      • Paper Mill Pond in Dudley to Favyan, West Thompson, CT

  • Check out this paddle guide for more paddling spots! 

Parking options: 

  • There is free parking on Pond Bridge Road in Holland and at the East Brimfield Boat Ramp off of Route 20 on the Brimfield/Sturbridge town line. 

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Boating & Sailing


Please contact us with any information about boating the Quinebaug River.

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Fishing is allowed anywhere along the Quinebaug River and the East Brimfield Reservoir if you have a Massachusetts state license.