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Photo by John Phelan

Towns in the French River Watershed:

  • Charlton

  • Auburn

  • Leicester

  • Oxford

  • Dudley

  • Webster

  • Spencer

Major Tributaries:

  • Little River

  • Long Branch Brook 

  • Mill brook

  • Wellington Brook

What's going on in the French River watershed?

Click here to find out!

Organizations working in the French River Watershed​:

The Last Green Valley

  • Deputy Director for Policy
    Mass Rivers is currently seeking a Deputy Director of Policy. Please click here for a detailed job description and instructions for how to apply.
French River Activities
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Walk, Hike, Bike
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Boating & Sailing
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The French River is Class B in Connecticut, which permits recreational use. Please contact us with any information on swimming in the French River. 

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Walk, Hike, Bike

Hike, Walk, Run

Walking, hiking, and biking locations:

  • French River Greenway Trail (Webster) is a 1.2 mile loop suitable for all ages.

    • Map, reviews, and weather reports for the trail can be found on the AllTrails website.

  • The French River Park (Webster) is a 1.66 acre park that offers a paved path, benches, picnic tables, and a boat launch.

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Paddling locations:

  • The French River Canoe Trail (Oxford) is an established kayak/canoe landing on the French River. It is located near Greenbrier Park and is 3.4 miles long. The trail is described as somewhat difficult as there are various obstacles like beaver dams to maneuver around.

    • For more information and a map of the French River Canoe Trail, see this infographic

    • Parking is available at the Hodges Village Dam.

  • The French River Park (Webster) on Davis St offers free access to the 1.66 acre park newly-constructed boat launch.

    • Parking is available on-site. 

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Boating & Sailing


Boating locations:

  • The French River Park (Webster) offers a boat launch.

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Fishing locations:​

  • Potash Brook (Dudley) 

  • French River Reservoir (Dudley)

  • North Webster Village Pond Dam (Webster)

For more information on fishing spots in the French River watershed, view this map available on

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