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Last Updated: 6/2018
 Goodwin Dam (57.3)  to   
               Satan's Kingdom Recreation Area (45.6)
Description
      This is one of our favorite river trips.  Put aside three hours for paddling, one hour delay for gazing at fish and wildlife, and one hour for ferrying vehicles.
Mile 56.9 - Start you paddle below the Goodwin Dam at the rock.  If you are paddling this for the first time, consider putting in at the very popular location in Riverton.  This will take off 1.8 miles from your trip.
        You should already have experience paddling on rivers for this trip.  We say this because there are several Class 2 rapids.  For the experienced it makes it fun adding interest to this paddle.  Make sure everything is tied in your boat so that if you flip over, getting wet will only be a fun inconvience.

Mile 54.9 - The Still River enters at river-right.  This adds some volume and makes the paddle more pleasant.
       The Peoples State Forest is primarly on your left and adds a wilderness feel to the paddle providing inviting forest.  The American Legion State Forest is on the right side of the river.  This continues to about Mile 50.7.
Mile 50.7 - Pass under the Route 181/381 Bridge
Mile 50.3 - A large island in front of you.  Take river-right for the larger passage.
Mile 48.8 - Another island. In low water there may not be a channel to the river-right.  Take the river-left.
Mile 48.1 - pass under the Route 291 Bridge.  As you pass under it, on river-left is the alternative access Callahan Memorial Park.
Mile 46.3 - The East Branch of the Farmington River enters adding volume.  This branch is smaller than the West Branch.  Use this as a indicator that your take out is 0.7 miles to go.
Mile 45.6 - Take out at Satan's Kingdom State Recreation Area.
WARNING: If you are not prepared to handle a Class 3 rapid, then don't continue past this point throught SATANS KINDOM RAPIDS.
STATISTICS
 
Skill Level:            Class 1 & Class 2
Estimated Time:   3.0 hours
Reach Distance:  11.7 miles
USGS Map: Winsted, CT, New Hartford, CT, Collinsville, CT
[3] West River Road Access- Mile 53.5 W
Position: 41-56.62 N 73-00.90 W
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Boat Launch:
Parking available opposite the river. on the road.
Nearest Launch Address:
360 W River Road, Barkhamsted, CT 06063
Put your car top boat over this rail and into the river.
[4] Routes 181 and 318 Bridge - Mile 50.7 W
Position: 41-54.75 N 72-59.25 W
Altitude: 430 feet
Boat Launch:
State Fishing and Car-top Boat Access.  This area is very popular with fly fishers!  Share the launch area.
Nearest Launch Address:
2 Pleasant Valley Road, Barkhamsted, CT 06063
Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 8.1 miles 12 minutes)
From the intersection of Route 44 and Route 8 in Winsted, CT
  1. Head southeast on South Main Street/Route 44 East.
  2. At mile 3.6, turn left onto Route 318 East.
  3. Cross over the river and at mile 4.4, turn right into the access area.
Turn into this state access area on the east side of the bridge.
Bring your car top boat down to this flat area below the bridge.
 [1] The Rock, Below Goodwin Dam - Mile 56.9
Position: 41-59.02 N 73-01.03 W
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Boat Launch:
Roadside pullover with a large Rock.  Use the small short trail used by fishers to the river launch.
Nearest Launch Address: 
386 Hogback Road, West Hartland, CT 06091 (0.4 miles south of put-in)
Put-In/Take-Out Directions (6.0 miles, 11 minutes)
From the intersection of Route 44 and Route 8 in Winsted, CT
  1. Head north on Route 8.
  2. At mile 1.9, turn right onto Route 20 East/Riverton Road.
  3. At mile 4.9, turn left onto Hogback Road.
  4. At mile 5.6, arrive at 386 Hogback Road. Continue North.
  5. At mile 6.0, arrive at The Rock on your left at a pullover.
The Rock pullover.
Launch here into the river.
[5] Callahan Memorial Park - Mile 48.0 W
Position: 41-52.70 N 72-58.55 W
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Boat Launch:
Plenty of parking in this pleasant park. The park is just down river of the bridge. Launch by walking down to the river via a small trail.
Nearest Launch Address:
3 Cottage Street New Hartford, CT 06057
Turn in at the park and sign.
[2] Riverton Park Access - Mile 55.1
Position: 41-57.75 N 73-01.05 W 
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Boat Launch:
Car top launch and fishing from this small historic park located next to the Main Street bridge and USGS Gage.
Nearest Launch Address:
7 Main Street, Barkhamsted, CT 06063
Put-In/Take-Out Directions (4.1 miles, 7 minutes)
From the intersection of Route 44 and Route 8 in Winsted, CT
  1. Head north on Route 8.
  2. At mile 1.9, turn right onto Route 20 East/Riverton Road.
  3. At mile 4.1, just before the Main Street bridge, turn right into a small park area as seen below.
Parking for about 5 vehicles.  Picnic tables and Toilet available.
The launch at this flat area along the river.
A Little History
      Satan's Kingdon comes from the lawlessness of a local population composed of prisoners and people rejected from other areas who lived here during the late 1700s. The lands extending west of the Satan's Kingdom gorge area are referred to as "Satan's Kingdom Village".
[6] Satan's Kingdom State Recreation Area -
                                                                       Mile 45.6
Position: 41-51.45 N 72-57.50 W
Altitude: 102 feet
Boat Launch:
State Boat Launch for all types of boats.  University Crew boats also launch from here.  Parking is competitive because of the bicycle trail users.
Nearest Launch Address:
92 Main Street, New Hartford, CT 06057
Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 8.1 miles 12 minutes)
From the intersection of Route 44 and Route 8 in Winsted, CT
  1. Head southeast on South Main Street/Route 44 East.
  2. Continue on Route 44 East with occasion views of the Farmington River.
  3. At mile 8.0, turn left into Satans Kingdom State Recreation Area.
 
Turn at this sign off of Route 44
Drive the complete length of the parking lot past the Tubing area.
Walk your car top boat to the river as seen here.
American Legion and Peoples
State Forests
American Legion
       Located in the Pleasant Valley section of Barkhamsted, the initial 213 acres of this forest were a gift from the American Legion in 1927 to provide citizens an example of proper forest management as observed by U.S. soldiers throughout Europe during World War I. The West Branch of the Farmington River, designated as a Wild and Scenic River by the National Park Service, is the center point of river-based recreational activities including trout fishing, canoeing, kayaking and tubing. Rugged terrain with steep, rocky hillsides typifies the remainder of the forest. The Henry Buck Trail, which winds through the forest for 2.1 miles, passes by historic mill sites and offers a view of beautiful rock formations as well as the river valley. The Austin F. Hawes Memorial Campground provides thirty spacious campsites near the river.

Peoples
         Peoples State Forest is located in the Pleasant Valley section of Barkhamsted. The forest was established in 1924 through the efforts of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association which coordinated subscriptions for donations. The donations came from citizens groups such as the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Connecticut Federation of Women's Clubs and many other groups and individuals who purchased land and donated it to the people of Connecticut for approximately $8.00 an acre. The West Branch of the Farmington River, designated as a Wild and Scenic River by the National Park Service, is the center point of river-based recreational activities including trout fishing, canoeing, kayaking and tubing. Other attractions include the 200 year old white pine picnic groves in the Matthies Grove and Whittemore Recreation Areas, over 11 miles of hiking trails, the Barkhamsted Lighthouse and other cultural and historic sites. See American Legion State Forest for nearby camping opportunities.
More about the State Parks
American Legion & Peoples State Forests Trail Map
Austin F. Hawes Memorial Campground