Nepaug Dam


The Nepaug Dam is a beautiful structure located in New Hartford and Canton Connecticut. Under the direction of Chief Engineer Caleb Mills Saville, the dam was completed in 1916 as an additional supply for the Hartford Water Works. The dam stands between the 815-acre Nepaug Reservoir and the Nepaug River. When it comes to size, Nepaug is one of the largest dams in New England. It measures 130 feet from the top of the dam to the riverbed, 600 feet wide, and 100 feet thick. 

Visitors are welcome to walk across the dam and stop at the various observation platforms that provide amazing views over the dam. The walk across the dam allows visitors to look over the side and straight down the spillway as water cascades down the half-dozen concrete steps to the Nepaug River and its short journey from the Nepaug River to the Farmington River. Additionally, there is a one-mile paved trail that brings visitors to the northern portion of the picturesque reservoir.

Although it may be enticing to venture down to the reservoir’s banks, it is not permitted. Visitors must remain on the paved paths at all times. Dogs are only permitted on a leash at Nepaug Dam. Because it is a drinking water reservoir, pets must remain on paths and be picked up after. 

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  • Address: 1-125 Litchfield Turnpike
  • Town: New Hartford
  • State: Connecticut
  • GPS: Lat 41.82741 Lng -72.9425
  • Parking notes: There are over a dozen parking spots for Nepaug Dam located right off the Lithcfield Turnpike. Parking is free and visitors can walk along a paved road about 0.4 miles to the dam.
  • Parking directions: HERE
  • Location directions: HERE


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