The Farmington River
​UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Last Updated: 6/2018
General Description
 
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STATISTICS

Total Length: 94.0 miles

Main River before branching - 46.3 miles.
East Branch     - 13.2 miles (59.5 East to 46.3)
West Branch    - 34.5 miles (80.8 West to 46.3)

Altitude drop: 1359 feet  (an average of 16.82 feet/mile)

Main River before branching - (7.58 ft/mile)
East/West Branch Split - 370 feet
East Branch     -  540 feet (12.88 feet/mile)
West Branch    -  1378 feet (28.39 feet/mile)
Mouth of River - 19 feet

         The Farmington River is a major tributary of the Connecticut River. With two major tributary branches that confluence in the City of Farmington, it flows 95.0 miles before its confluence with the 410 mile long Connecticut River at Farmington, CT. 
  • Main Branch is 46.3 miles long from New Hartford, CT Russell into Farmington, CT.
  • West Branch has origins in the Berkshire Mountains  in the town of Otis, MA. It is fed by Otis Reservoir and many small streams. 
  • East Branch, which has its origins at the north end of Barkhamsted Reservoir at Mile 59.5 East where three brooks come together.
    • Hurricane Brook
    • Heartland Brook
    • Valley Brook

        The upper west branch is known for its whitewater rapids and scenic beauty in eary spring.  The rest of the year this upper branch is impassable.

The Farmington River
Watershed Association
        Founded in 1953, the Farmington River Watershed Association has been working six decades to protect the River that connects us all and to restore the natural resources of the watershed. We invite you to join us and become a part of this important effort.
      The FRWA is a citizen-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization at the forefront of restoration and conservation issues such as water quality, water allocation, recreational usage, open space, and wetland and floodplain protection. We work with federal, state and local governments, business and industry, and the people of the watershed’s 33 communities to protect the river and the region’s natural resources.
        We have a wide range of Research, Education, and Advocacy programs to protect the river and its watershed. Click below to find out more.
FRWA
Access Points
THE REACHES
              We have defined 10 usable reaches.  Each reach has a map with put-in and take-out positions, description, length, difficulty, and information as appropriate.
Distance
1
Headwaters West Branch (80.8 W)  to Old Route 8 North End CRL (63.1 W)
17.7
2
Colebrook River Lake (63.1 W to 58.7 W) 
4.4
3
West Branch Reservoir ( 58.7 W to 57.3 W)
1.4
4
Goodwin Dam (57.3)  to   Satan's Kingdom Recreation Area (45.6)
11.7
5
 (49.7 E) Lake McDonough to E/W Branches Split (46.3)
3.4
6
Satan's Kingdom Recreation Area (45.6) to Collinsville Dam (41.1)
4.5
7
Collinsville Dam (41.1)    to    Vincent Dipietro Memorial Bridge (30.7)
10.7
8
Vincent Dipietro Memorial Bridge (30.7) to Sycamore Tree Park  (21.2)
9.5
9
Sycamore Tree Park  (21.2)  to Rainbow Dam (8.5)
12.6
10
Rainbow Dam (8.5) to Mouth of River
8.5
 RIVER LEVEL
National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service
West Branch near New Boston
At Unionville
At Simsbury
At Tariffville