Wood River (Pawcatuck River)

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The Wood River spilling over a dam in Hopkinton, Rhode Island.

The Wood River is a river in the U.S. states of Connecticut and Rhode Island. It flows approximately 25 miles (40 km)[1] and is a major tributary of the Pawcatuck River. There are 8 dams along the river's length.[2]


The Wood River's source is in the swamps northeast of Porter Pond in Sterling, Connecticut. From there, it flows southeast to Hazard Pond, where the river crosses into Rhode Island. From the state line, it flows southeast past Escoheag Hill and over Stepstone Falls, then south through Beach Pond State Park where it receives the Flat River.

After receiving the Flat River, the Wood continues south through the Arcadia Management Area and into the towns of Richmond and Hopkinton, where it flows through the villages of Wyoming and Hope Valley. The river continues south through Hopkinton where it converges with the Pawcatuck River at the village of Alton. The Wood River serves as the border between Richmond and Hopkinton.

The upper Wood River, from its source to Stepstone Falls, is known locally as the Falls River.


Below is a list of all crossings over the Wood River. The list starts at the headwaters and goes downstream.

  • Sterling
    • Porter Pond Road
  • West Greenwich
    • Hazard Road
    • Falls River Road
  • Exeter
    • Ten Rod Road (RI 165)
    • Arcadia Road
  • Richmond
    • Skunk Hill Road
    • Bridge Street
  • Hopkinton
    • Main Street (RI 3)
    • Switch Road
    • Interstate 95
    • Hope Valley Road
    • Woodville Road
    • Church Street


In addition to many unnamed tributaries, the following brooks and rivers feed the Wood:

  • Carson Brook
  • Kelley Brook
  • Flat River
  • Parris Brook
  • Roaring Brook
  • Baker Brook
  • Brushy Brook
  • Diamond Brook
  • Canonchet Brook

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 1, 2011
  2. ^ Governor's Task Force on Dam Safety and Maintenance – Final Report, January 2001