Massacoe Spring, Canton, CT


Posted: June 28, 2009

Category: Connecticut, North America, United States, View All

40 Canton Springs Road
Canton, Connecticut 06019
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About 6 feet away from the road, there is a small shed made from local stone. Inside the shed, water bubbles up from the ground and is held in a stone tank. The spring house protects the water from sunlight and contamination. The water in the tank is deep enough to dip a glass 3 gallon water bottle into it and fill it up, larger bottles would not fit. The water is very cold (didn’t check temperature). Wear boots because sometimes the area surrounding the spring can be muddy.

Nearest Address

40 Canton Springs Road, Canton, Connecticut, 06019

Directions from Nearest Address

Just drive along Canton Springs road until you see the spring house on the side of the road. It is past the cemetary, near Oxbow Farm.

Vital Information

  • Fee: None
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: N/A
  • Temp: N/A
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:




Map Link: Massacoe Spring Map

Submitted by: RawStrength

  1. rawstrength says:

    I'm going back here soon. I will definitely take some pictures and maybe make a video to post here.

  2. krisnaphtali says:

    Thank you RawStrength for posting about this spring.. I just got back from my first visit !
    I live only 15 miles away from this spring and am very thankful to find it. Even though the spring house is close to the road,the location is very peaceful. The water is cold and bubbling. I only took a few glass bottles with me because I was not sure what to expect but now I know you can at least fit a three Gal. Jug in there no problems!

    I will be back and I will be back often!

    • Info says:

       * UPDATE 2012

      I used to visit this spring about four or so years ago and it was my go to spring in the area. About three years ago I had a horrible experience, I collected my spring water like I often did and when I got home all my water smelt strongly of motor oil !! I don’t know if someone chucked there empty motor oil bottle because the road is literally 8 feet from the spring or….

      So I stopped going to this spring, it’s a shame honestly because for years back when this was my go to spring and it was so clean! 

      Today it just looks run down and wouldn’t suggest anyone drinks the water.

      I wish likeminded people would gather together and talk with more locals about preserving this spring and cleaning the area up. 

      With a good clean and construction and more local awareness this spring could again breath it’s beauty.

      For people who are in search of a clean water source I visit Clearview springs. Search for the listing here… this has been my go to water source for three years and have been very happy.

  3. Sheila says:

    I live 15 minutes from here too! I can't wait to visit. Thank you for letting us know.
    Does anyone know where to get some 3 gallon glass bottles locally?

  4. Sheila says:

    I live 15 minutes from here too! I can't wait to visit. Thank you for letting us know.
    Does anyone know where to get some 3 gallon glass bottles locally?

  5. Ark says:

    It's a beautiful place, but I hate to say I mistrust the water as it is right now. If you had a good home filtration system then it would be perfect. However, as of February 28, 2010 the water is stagnant and had tadpoles and salamanders living in the holding tank. Will post photos soon.

  6. Sheila says:

    If anyone knows another spring in the area, please let us know.
    I was unsure of this spring when I saw the farm nearby.
    Any info on local springs it greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  7. Dick says:

    You will need more than boots to drink from this cesspool. Whatever path to the stone house there may have been is now blocked by three foot high weeds. The water gurgles out of the building under a poison ivy vine, and the door is broken and off its hinges. Inside the quaint stone house is a stagnant pool of water and leaves. I got some water from the stream running from under the house, thought twice about drinking it after thinking about toxic waste from the now abandoned industrial building close by. I fed it to my plants, which so far have not died.
    RAW Canton

  8. rawstrength says:

    I haven't been to this spring for a while because I moved. I am sad to hear that it has become “a cesspool” as Dick described it. It used to have beautifully clear and cold flowing sweet water. I hope that whatever the issue with this spring is it will be resolved.

  9. Mike123 says:

    I have been very excited and interested in finding a spring to go but
    unfortunately I have yet to find one in CT that hasn’t either been
    closed or contains peoples comments that scare me away.One of my favorites is the comment stating that one of the springs is really just a pipe hooked up to a local cow pond! WTF!?

    I haven’t even been able to find any clean or open springs in the surrounding states either, based on this database.

    My goal in doing this is for improved health, as I would imagine is
    everyone’s reason for doing this, so I would like to know that the water
    that I am drinking is actually healthy.

    Does anyone know of a spring that is truly clean and safe to drink from around here?

  10. 4521 says:

    When I went to the spring the door was clean off its hinges with water flowing under it.   
    A frog jumped into the gross water which was full of algae and slime, but when I pushed that off the surface the water looked pretty clean.  I wouldn’t drink it. Hopefully the town of Canton will do some type of volunteer project to clean it up. Also across the street there is another spring house but it looks brand new and it’s locked. If you look inside the window of that one you will see a hole in the concrete full of water this also looks polluted. But behind this spring house water is flowing out from under it that looks very clean and is cold. If anyone knows anything about either spring houses please let me know.

  11. Sherry says:

    I just found an old ginger ale bottle labeled that its from the Massacoe Spring, in Canton Ct. (40 Canton Springs Road) —- was there a company who made ginger ale from the spring water?! The old bottle was at Goodwill in Avon……

    • Prescott says:

      Yes. This was the Gra-Rock Spring Water Company that made ginger ale and other sodas from late 1800’s until 1935 when it relocated to Wethersfield. Lots of ‘Gra-Rock’ history along the train line tied to the Canton Spring.

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