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Pleasant Valley, Connecticut

Barkhamsted is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut and contains two villages, Pleasant Valley and Riverton. A high percentage of the land in the town is owned by the State of Connecticut as state forest (People’s State Forest and American Legion State Forest) and by the Metropolitan District Commission as watershed land. Major bodies of water include the Barkhamsted Reservoir, Lake McDonough, and the Farmington River.bark

Within the Barkhamsted Reservoir lies the foundations of Barkhamsted Hollow, the historic center of town that was purchased by The Metropolitan District Commission in the early 20th century to create a reservoir to serve the Hartford area. This area was flooded following the construction of the Saville Dam on the East Branch of the Farmington River, and took 8 years to fill.

Just south of the Barkhamsted Reservoir is Lake McDonough, also known as the compensating reservoir and owned by the MDC. Originally created to ensure the riparian rights of downstream mill owners, this lake now serves the recreational interests of the surrounding area with several beaches, boating, and fishing.

The center Pleasant Valley contains the Pleasant Valley General Store, the Barkhamsted Elementary School, the Pleasant Valley Drive-In, the post office, and the town hall.bark2

The center of Riverton holds a post office, the Riverton General store, the Riverton Inn, the Riverton Congregational Church, the grange, and the Riverton fair grounds. This is also the location of the annual Riverton Fair, which takes place the second weekend of October each year. The Riverton Fair is the last fair of the year in Connecticut.bark

The West Branch of the Farmington River is designated as a Wild and Scenic river. It runs through the villages of Riverton and Pleasant Valley and hosts fishermen year-round in the catch-and-release section. On the opening day of fishing season each year, a fishing tournament is held in Riverton, that draws anglers from throughout CT, NY, and MA.

In addition, the Farmington River provides excellent kayaking and canoeing, continuing down to New Hartford and beyond. The state forests have many miles of hiking trails and can be used year-round for outdoor recreation.

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