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Farm River
Pistapaug Mountain.jpg
Pistapaug Pond,
one of the sources of the Farm River
Other name(s) (Alternately, East Haven River
among many other names)
Country United States
State Connecticut
County New Haven
Towns East Haven, Branford, North Branford
Physical characteristics
Main source North Branford, Connecticut, United States
345 ft (105 m)
(41°25′23″N 72°44′16″W / 41.4231531°N 72.7378745°W / 41.4231531; -72.7378745)
River mouth Long Island Sound, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
0 ft (0 m)
(41°14′51″N 72°51′33″W / 41.2475970°N 72.8592667°W / 41.2475970; -72.8592667)
Length 16.5 mi (26.6 km)

Farm River is a south-flowing river located entirely within the U.S. state of Connecticut. Because it begins as freshwater in its northern reaches and flows into tidal salt water at Long Island Sound, Farm River is by definition an estuary. The river is 16.5 miles (26.6 km) long.


Farm River Connecticut State Park Quinnipiac University Boat Docks
Docks in Farm River State Park

From its northern reaches, the river flows southward into the town of East Haven where it becomes the dividing line between East Haven and Branford. Along its route, the river supplies water via tunnel to Lake Saltonstall, a public water source owned by the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority. Near the river's mouth it flows past Farm River State Park.

Other names

The USGS lists among the river's many alternate names Beaver River, Deborah River, Deborah's Stream, East Haven River, Foxon River, Great River, Ironworks River, Mainnuntaquck, Moe River, Muddy River, Scotch Cap River, Stony River, and Tapamshasick. The name Farm River was officially decided upon in 1968.

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