Designation Origin Story | Snapshot of the Wood-Pawcatuck Wild and Scenic Rivers, CT/RI

Designated March 12, 2019



Date Study was Enacted

Public Law

Congressional Sponsors

Date Designated

Public Law

Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed


Dec. 19, 2014

PL 113-291

Lou Barletta (R-PA)

March 12, 2019

PL 116-9

Miles Designated

Congressional Sponsors

Designated ORVs


Outstanding Resources


Lisa A. Murkowski

Geology and Hydrology; Exceptional Ecosystems; Cultural; Scenic and Recreational

Wood-Pawcatuck Wild and Scenic Rivers

RTE species; darkest sky region between DC-Boston; camping, fishing, settlements of the Pequot, Eastern Pequot, Mohegan & Narragansett Tribes; historic mills; boating, swimming, canoeing, fishing, hiking, hunting, horseback riding, & mountain biking recreational activities

Check out the Video Gallery for more videos on the designation of the Wood-Pawcatuck watershed. The Wood-Pawcatuck designation is a watershed-wide designation. More information may be found on the map of the designated river segments and their classifications.

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Last updated: March 17, 2021