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Blackberry River
NorthCanaanCT BeckleyIronFurnace2.jpg
Blackberry River dam at Beckley Iron Furnace
Other name(s) (Alternately, Blackburn River,
Blackbury River, and other names)
Country United States
State Connecticut
County Litchfield
Towns Norfolk, North Canaan
Physical characteristics
Main source Confluence of Wood Creek and Spaulding Brook
1,130 ft (340 m)
(41°59′38″N 73°12′10″W / 41.994017°N 73.202850°W / 41.994017; -73.202850)
River mouth Housatonic River
North Canaan
643 ft (196 m)
(42°01′58″N 73°20′50″W / 42.032907°N 73.347326°W / 42.032907; -73.347326)
Length 9.64 mi (15.51 km)
  • Maximum width:
    55 feet (17 m)
  • Maximum depth:
    8 feet (2.4 m)
Basin features
River system Housatonic
Basin size 17,341.03 acres (7,017.67 ha)
  • Left:
    Whiting River
  • Right:
    Dunning Brook, Roaring Brook

The Blackberry River is a westward-flowing river located entirely in the far northwest corner of the U.S. state of Connecticut. The river runs for nine miles (14 km) through the towns of Norfolk and North Canaan, where it empties into the Housatonic River. The river provided waterpower for industrial purposes from the early 1700s through the first part of the 20th century.


The river's watershed covers approximately 17,341 acres (7,018 ha) in the Connecticut towns of Canaan, North Canaan and Norfolk, as well as a portion of New Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Historic sights

The river passes the historic Moseley House-Farm, a colonial mansion dating from 1763 in Norfolk, and the Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument in North Canaan.

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