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Last Updated: 6/2018
 Satan's Kingdom Recreation Area to
                                         Collinsville Upper Dam
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 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:   1.5 to 2 hours
Reach Distance:  4.5 miles
USGS Map: New Hartford, CT, Collinsville, CT
[4] Collinsville Treatment Plant Access - Mile 41.7
Position: 41-49.12 N 72-55.33 W
Altitude: 289 feet
Boat Launch:
As of June 2018, this area is a construction site.  You will need to find alternate parking roadside.  The narrow trail is short and will bring you to an easy launch.  If you have more than one boat, consider launching one at a time.
Nearest Launch Address:
 Old River Road, Collinsville, CT 06019
Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 20.0 miles 29 minutes)
From Interstate 91 in Hartford, CT Take Exit 32 A if traveling North or Exit 32B if traveling south to Interstate 84 West:
  1. Mile 0.0, Head southwest toward Interstate 84 West.
  2. At mile 7.8, Use the right 2 lanes to take Exit 39 toward Farmington/Route 4.
  3. At mile 8.2, Continue onto State Hwy 508.
  4. At mile 9.0, State Hwy 508 turns slightly right and becomes Route 4 West.
  5. At mile 13.6, in Unionville, make a slight right to stay on Route 4 West.
  6. At mile 16.2, at a stop light, continue straight onto Route 179 North.
  7. At mile 18.4, Route 179 turns right over the river in Collinsville.
  8. At mile 18.8, turn left onto River Road.
  9. At mile 19.3, turn left onto Old River Road. Riverside Nursery is on the corner.
  10. At mile 19.4, arrive at the access site.
2018 Construction.  You will need to park roadside.  The trail is just out of view to the right, just before the entrance to the bike trail.
Follow this trail down to 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".
[1] Satan's Kingdom State Recreation Area -
                                                                       Mile 45.6
Position: 41-51.45 N 72-57.50 W
Altitude: 350 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.
[5] Collinsville Canoe & Kayak - Mile 41.3
Position: 41-48.70 N 72-55.40 W
Nearest Launch Address:
41 Bridge Street, Collinsville, CT 06019 
Telephone: 860-693-6977
Located above the Collinsville Upper Dam.
ABOUT US:
        Collinsville Canoe & Kayak is a family owned business that's been in the same location in Collinsville since 1990. Our building is the former Miner Lumber Company. We started out in a small section of the building but now encompass all 10,000 square feet! The Farmington River is our backyard! That allows us to offer rentals as well as test paddles. Plus it's a nice place to take a break and have lunch watching the river flow by. Collinsville was voted one of Budget Travel's 10 coolest towns in America. 
      We carry the largest in-stock inventory of canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards in New England. Our sales staff is non-commission so there's no hard pressure sales, just thoughtful and patient help to find what's right for you. And we all use the gear we sell so we can give you first hand knowledge of our product. Feel free to come in or call us if you have any questions.
       Learn more about lessons, rentals, etc. by clicking below:
CC & K
[2] Satan's Kingdom Rapids - Mile 45.25 W
Position: 41-51.15 N 72-57.40 W
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Rapids Area:
During the summer and some weekends the tubing rental company posts a lifeguard at the rapids.  You can also pull over at the end of the rapids in a quiet pool for a rest.
Scouting:
To scout the river, driver to the very end of the state recreation area and park.  There is a trail that runs under the Route 44 bridge and along the steep bank on river-right. The walk is about ten minutes each way.  You will need to wear walking shoes as the trail is rugged.  Flip-Flops are a bad idea.
YouTube video of the Rapids
A view looking from under the Route 44 bridge.
This Class 3 rapid can look very different when the river is low.
A life guard is on duty on summer days.
This is provided by the Farmington River Tubing company.
After the rapid is a pool and then the river is calm for miles.
[6] Collinsville Upper Dam Portage - Mile 21.1 to 21.0
Positions
       Take-Out: 41-48.62 N 72-55.59 W
       Altitude: 282 feet
       Put- In: 41-48.58 N 72-55.55 W
       Altitude: 268 feet
Description: 
Take out above the dam barrier on river right where Bradley Brook enters the river.  Follow along the river around the dam.  Put-In below the dam at a gravel beach.
Nearest Launch Address:  
49 Bridge Street, Canton, CT 06019
Put-In Directions (18.4 miles, 26 minutes):
From Interstate 91 in Hartford, CT Take Exit 32 A if traveling North or Exit 32B if traveling south to Interstate 84 West:
  1. Mile 0.0, Head southwest toward Interstate 84 West.
  2. At mile 7.8, Use the right 2 lanes to take Exit 39 toward Farmington/Route 4.
  3. At mile 8.2, Continue onto State Hwy 508.
  4. At mile 9.0, State Hwy 508 turns slightly right and becomes Route 4 West.
  5. At mile 13.6, in Unionville, make a slight right to stay on Route 4 West.
  6. At mile 16.2, at a stop light, continue straight onto Route 179 North.
  7. At mile 18.4, Route 179 turns right over the river in Collinsville. You have arrive at the dam portage area.
A Close up of the Portage
The Take-Out above the dam - on river-right. 
Follow the narrow trail up the bank and over the guard rail.
The river drops 14 feet over the dam.
Cross the busy intersection to this building.
Follow the steep narrow trail here to the Put-In below the dam.
[3] Tubing Take-Out - Mile 43.4
Position: 41-50.30 N 72-55.95 W
Altitude: 314 feet
Boat Launch:
This area has been paved with arrows for buses that pick up tubers in the Summertime.  Blue Buses line up.  Do not use this as a take-out.  Instead, go to the next pullover about 50 yards down river.
Nearest Launch Address:
499 Albany Turnpike Canton, CT 06019
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.