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Last Updated: 6/2018
 Collinsville Dam (41.1)    to   
               Vincent Dipietro Memorial Bridge (30.7)
Description
     
STATISTICS
 
Skill Level:            Class 1 & Class 2
Estimated Time:   3 to hours
Reach Distance:  10.4 miles
USGS Map:  Collinsville, CT
[3] Collinsville Lower Dam Portage - Mile 40.0
Position: 41-48.01 N 72-55.64 W       
       Altitude above: 253 feet
       Altitude below: 246 feet
Description: 
  1. Stay river-right after the upper dam all the way to the lower dam.  There is no warning barrier so be very careful as you approach the dam. 
  2. Take-Out just above the dam. 
  3. Follow the trail up to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail
  4. Now follow the steep trail down to the Put-In below the dam. 
  5. This short portage should be done carefully.
Take-Out on this trail above the dam.
Climb here to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail.  
Now drop down this steep trail to the Put-In below the dam.
Here is a view of the dam that was once used for generating power.  The river drops about 8 feet over the dam.
[1] 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.
[2] BVFD #5 Access - Mile 40.6
Position: 41-48.39 N 72-55.26 W
Altitude: 266 feet
Boat Launch:
Take the small dirt road at the access sign right next to a house.  Follow this a short distance to the river. This area is for boat access and fishing only.
Nearest Launch Address:
63 Arch Street, Burlington, CT
Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 18.2 miles 27 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 18.0, turn sharp right onto Rock Street to Arch Street.
  8. At mile 18.2, arrive at BVFD Access #5.
Turn at this access sign.
The road is rough so if you have a trailer, consider unloading at Arch Street and walking your boat in.