Thursday, November 11, 2010
The Connecticut River is the dominant geographical feature of central Connecticut. The west bank of the river is the eastern boundary of the City of Hartford. On the other side of the river is East Hartford, an independent city.
The Connecticut River starts way up north in New Hampshire, just a few miles from Canada. For the first half of its 400 mile total distance, the river forms the border between Vermont and New Hampshire. It then bisects Massachusetts and passes Springfield before running south into Connecticut. North of Hartford, the river is non-navigable and is spanned by a series of locks and dams, most of which are in Massachusetts or New Hampshire. South of Hartford the Connecticut River widens and flows slowly in a southeasterly direction until it pours into the Long Island Sound at Old Saybrook.