Water District Drinking Water Source
Cocheco River Watershed
Berrys River originates just north of Blue Job State Forest, along Meaderboro Road. It flows south in a forested area and runs through a small emergent wetland. The river runs parallel to Meaderboro Road through two and a half miles of forest before it fills Rochester Reservoir behind a dam on Reservoir Road. A few homes line the southern shore of the reservoir, with only forest surrounding the rest. Berrys River passes the dam and flows south through another three quarters of a mile of forest until it passes into Strafford.
Baxter Lake lies across Farmington’s border with Rochester. The shoreline of this 302 acre lake is a mix of forest and dense development, with homes and camps along Camelot Shore Drive. The outlet of the lake is in Rochester and eventually joins the Cocheco River.
The Mad River flows into Farmington from New Durham, near a farm on Ten Rod Road. It flows southeast along the road, through a mile long woodland, until it crosses Hornetown Road. Here the river turns east as it passes several homes, and begins to follow River Road. The Mad River encounters increasing development as it approaches Farmington town center, where it crosses Route 11 and flows through a dense residential neighborhood. As it reaches downtown Farmington the river passes under a bridge on Tappan Street and then flows into the Cocheco River.
The Ela River flows into Farmington from New Durham, close to Route 11. It makes its way southeast, crossing Spring Street and flowing through the backyards of numerous homes as it approaches downtown Farmington and joins the Cocheco River,
Pokamoonshine Brook flows out of an emergent wetland west of Pound Road. It travels north through a mile of forest and then crosses Route 11, where it flows past a large cemetery and then joins the Cocheco River.
Rattlesnake River drains a small pond and marsh near the intersection of Ten Rod Road and Pound Road. It flows northeast, past a small farm, and then enters a mile and a half long stretch of forest. The river emerges near an industrial facility on Route 11, and crosses this road into a marsh area south of the Farmington Country Club. Here it flows by several gravel pits and then joins the Cocheco River.
Dames Brook enters Farmington from Milton, near several homes on Milton Road. The brook flows south through a small forest, and then passes dozens of houses as it crosses Dick Dame Lane and skirts downtown Farmington. Dames brook runs past several more homes and businesses as it crosses Elm Street and then joins the Cocheco River.
The Cocheco River flows into Farmington from Middleton, in an area of forest and scattered wetlands. It travels south, encountering little development for the first mile and a half, except where it crosses Old Bay Road. Then the river enters the outskirts of downtown Farmington and passes many homes along Spring Street, where it is joined by the Ela River. The Cocheco River flows along the southern edge of downtown, passing numerous homes, businesses, and a cemetery, as it is joined by two more of its tributaries. The river passes under a bridge on South Main Street and flows by the Farmington Country Club, running along the edge of several of the fairways. The river then passes through a two mile long area of industrial buildings and gravel pits along Farmington Road before passing into Rochester.