Shepaug River facts for kids
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Roxbury Falls on the Shepaug River
|Other name(s)||(Also called Sheppang, Sheppog, Shippang,
Shippaug, and Shippoack)
|Towns||Warren, Washington, Roxbury, Southbury|
|Main source||Shepaug Reservoir
820 ft (250 m)
|River mouth||Lake Lillinonah
197 ft (60 m)
|Length||26 mi (42 km)|
|Basin size||45,400.46 acres (18,372.91 ha)|
|Gradient||20 to 30 fpm|
The river originates at the south end of the Shepaug Reservoir in the town of Warren. The reservoir is fed at its northern end by the West Branch Shepaug River and East Branch Shepaug River. The Shepaug runs south through Washington, Roxbury, and Southbury, where it joins the Housatonic River at Lake Lillinonah ( ) dammed by the hydroelectric Shepaug Dam. The river's watershed area comprises approximately 150 square miles (390 km2), which encompasses the towns of Cornwall, Goshen, Torrington, Warren, Litchfield, Washington, Morris, New Milford, Roxbury, Bridgewater, and Southbury.
The river is a primary source of drinking water for the city of Waterbury, and has been the subject of regional litigation over how much water may be removed from the river.
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