Five Mile River
The Native American name for the Five Mile River was Arawakan, which mean, “place between” or “halfway place”. With the actual length of the river measuring around 15 miles long, the question is how was it to be known as the Five Mile River? In the History of Windham County, by Ellen Lerned, it appears that the name was derived from the distance of a remote settlement in the “wild land in Killingly” in relation to an established settlement in Woodstock, CT.
The area of the Five Mile River watershed is 48,876 acres. Part of the watershed is in Rhode Island.
Major Tributaries of the Five Mile River include Dayville Brook and Whetstone Brook.
In 2010, the Connecticut Greenways Council recognized the Five Mile River as a Connecticut Greenway as part of a natural resource conservation strategy.
The Five Mile River flows into the Quinebaug River in Danielson, CT.