Fly-fishing near North River Road

Fly-fishing near North River Road

Cole W. Wilde Trout Management Area

Tolland & Willington, CT



The Cole W. Wilde Trout Management Area is a year-round fly-fishing zone that extends for three miles along the river between Tolland and Willington (from the Route 74 bridge north to the river's confluence with Roaring Brook). Because this area offers ideal trout habitat, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection has designated this area for catch-and-release fishing only. The Connecticut Fly Fisherman's Association assists in managing this resource.


Access points are in the Nye Holman State Forest north of the Route 74 bridge, along North River Road in Tolland, or from the I-84 westbound rest stop in Willington.

See Headwaters Map

Trail Notes

Informal fishing trails starting behind the I-84 rest stop offer riverside walking opportunities. Nye-Holman State Forest offers easy walks on a Forest road and informal riverside trails.


Photo: V. Wetherell

This Willimantic River Greenway Parks and Trails Guide was produced by the Willimantic River Alliance and WINCOG. Information in this guide reflects conditions and features as of Spring, 2008. Since conditions change over time, the Alliance is not responsible for changes at this site. This guide was funded with support from the The Last Green Valley (formerly known as the Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor, Inc.).