Massachusetts

River County Reach Length (miles) Description Potential Classification ORVs Watershed (HUC Code 8) Year Listed/ Updated Other State
Ashley Hill Brook Berkshire Confluence with Lee Pond Brook to confluence with Bash Bish Brook 1 Geologic-(Segment includes a 200' gorge and waterfalls unique in this section.) Scenic-(Diverse juxtaposition and combination of geologic, water and natural vegetative elements in a remote setting.) Geologic, Scenic Middle Hudson 1982
Bash Bish Brook Berkshire Confluence with Ashley Hill Brook to MA/NY state line. 2 Geologic-(Segment includes a 200' gorge and waterfalls unique in this section.) Scenic-(Diverse juxtaposition and combination of geologic, water and natural vegetative elements in a remote setting.) Geologic, Scenic Middle Hudson 1982
Bog Brook Berkshire From headwaters at Bog Pond to confluence with the Cold River 1 Wild-(An excellent example of an undeveloped free flowing, low order river system which is one of the few remaining examples of this type south of Vermont.) Other Deerfield 1982
Charles River Middlesex, Norfolk From Rockville just east of Medway to Glenwood Cemetery in Natick 15 Recreation-(Proximity to high concentrations of urban populations in the Boston metropolitan area.) Archeologic-(Segment includes significant prehistoric sites which indicate the region has had human occupation for 11,000 years.) Recreational, Other Charles 1982
Cold River Berkshire From headwaters to confluence with the Deerfield River 14 Wild-(An excellent example of an undeveloped free flowing, low order river system which is one of the few remaining examples of this type south of Vermont.) Other Deerfield 1982
Connecticut River Franklin Schnell Bridge to Turners Falls 14 Hydrologic-(An undeveloped, high order river segment.) Other Middle Connecticut 1982
Deerfield River Franklin Confluence with Fife Brook to South of Charlemont 11 Fish-(River is an historic Atlantic Salmon fishery.) History-(Segment parallels the Mohawk Trail, the principal route for expeditions against English settlements during French and Indian Wars.) Fish, Historic Deerfield 1982
Deerfield River Franklin Schneck Brook to Stillwater Bridge 6 Fish-(A regionally significant trout stream and an historic Atlantic Salmon Fishery.) Fish, Other Deerfield 1982
Farmington River, West Branch Berkshire From Hayden Pond to confluence with Thorp Brook (above Colebrook Reservoir) 14 Recreation-(A unique diversity of flow gradients including 3 miles of Class IV rapids, flatwater-quickwater segments and easy rapids.) Fish-(River is currently being restored as an Atlantic Salmon fishery.) Geologic-(River related land forms and topography unique to the New England Upland section.) Fish, Geologic, Recreational Farmington 1982
Gulf Brook Berkshire Headwaters to confluence with the Cold River 4 Wild-(An excellent example of an undeveloped free flowing, low order river system which is one of the few remaining examples of this type south of Vermont.) Other Deerfield 1982
Housatonic River Berkshire Below Great Barrington to Connecticut border 18 Fish-(River is an historic Atlantic Salmon fishery.) Geologic-(Course of the river follows a line of Stockbridge marble limestone cliffs referred to as Bartholemews Cobble, a National Natural Landmark.) Fish, Geologic Housatonic 1982
Ipswich River Essex Peabody/ Middleton city boundary just south of South Middleton to Bradley Palmer State Park 17 Historic-(Segment includes the Choate Bridge, a National Historic Register site and the oldest stone bridge in the State.) Historic Charles 1982
Konkapot River Berkshire Lake Buel to New Marlborough Hill Road west of the New Marlborough Village 4 Fish-(Segment is part of regionally significant trout stream.) Fish Housatonic 1982
Mashpee River Barnstable Mashpee to mouth at Popponesset Bay 2 Fish-(Segment includes a significant fishery for sea run trout, also referred to as "salters".) Hydrologic-(Segment is the southernmost least developed free-flowing river in the section.) Fish, Other Cape Cod 1982
Millers River Worcester Headwaters to above Whitney Pond omitting Sunset Lake 8 Cultural-(Segment is a significant example of a river representative of the major periods of New England's history.) Historic Miller 1982
Millers River Franklin, Worcester East of Athol to Birch Hill Dam. 8 Cultural-(Segment is a significant example of a river representative of the major periods of New England's history.) Cultural Miller 1982
Nashua River Worcester Ayer State Game Farm to below Pepperell 8 Fish-(River is an historic Atlantic Salmon fishery.) Fish Nashua 1982
North River Plymouth East of Hanover to upstream from Cushing Memorial Park. 9 Botanic-(Stream includes a significant and diverse wetland system, which is a National Natural Landmark and part of the largest saltmarsh in Massachusetts.) Fish-(Stream supports a unique diversity of fish-over 45 species- including the significant anadromous herring.) Geologic-(Segment includes a unique phenomenon of drumlins and other glacial depositional features located in a saltmarsh.) Historic-(Corridor follows the Wampanoag Canoe Passage, formerly the primary route of Indians traveling from the coast to inland regions of New England.) Fish, Geologic, Historic, Other Cape Cod 1982
Pamet River Barnstable Ocean dunes to Pamet Harbor. 4 Hydrologic-(Segment is an example of a river formed from flooded outwash plains. The geological term "pamet" has its origin with the river.) Other Cape Cod 1982
Parker River Essex I-95 bridge to confluence with Plum Island Sound 9 Wildlife-(Segment includes a National Wildlife Refuge, which is one of the most famous ornithological areas in the U.S. An exceptionally high number and diversity of waterfowl, shorebirds, rare and uncommon species are frequently observed. Botanic-(Corridor includes extensive tidal marsh and the Plum Island dune ecosystem which has a unique diversity of plant species.) Recreation-(Unique natural inland waterway connects Atlantic coast and the culturally significant Merrimack River, creating opportunities for a water trail system.) Recreational, Wildlife, Other Charles 1982
Plum Island River Essex Confluence with Plum Island Sound to above Little Pine Creek. 2 Wildlife-(Segment includes a National Wildlife Refuge, which is one of the most famous ornithological areas in the U.S. An exceptionally high number and diversity of waterfowl, shorebirds, rare and uncommon species are frequently observed. Botanic-(Corridor includes extensive tidal marsh and the Plum Island dune ecosystem which has a unique diversity of plant species.) Recreation-(Unique natural inland waterway connects Atlantic coast and the culturally significant Merrimack River, creating opportunities for a water trail system.) Recreational, Wildlife, Other Charles 1982
Scantic River Hampden Headwaters to Hampden 6 Wildlife-(Segment includes Laughing Brook Wildlife Area, a Potential National Natural Landmark.) Wildlife Lower Connecticut 1982 CT
South River Franklin Conway to confluence with Deerfield River 6 Fish-(A regionally significant trout stream and an historic Atlantic Salmon Fishery.) History-(Segment parallels the Mohawk Trail, the principal route for expeditions against English settlements during French and Indian Wars.) Wildlife Deerfield 1982

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