Class II-III Farmington River, CT

Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River (0.2 miles below the tailrace of the Lower Collinsville Dam to Site of the Spoonville Dam in Bloomfiled and East Grandby)

Located about halfway between New York City and Boston, the Farmington River is the largest tributary of the Connecticut River, and Salmon Brook is the largest, and arguably most important, tributary to the Farmington. Salmon Brook joins the Farmington River in the town of East Granby, Connecticut, about ten miles northwest of the city of Hartford. The Farmington River joins the Connecticut River in town of Windsor, Connecticut, 55 miles north of the Long Island Sound and 13.1 miles south of the Massachusetts state line. This section of the Farmington River is mostly flatwater/quickwater paddling with the exception of two notable whitewater stretches.

The first, which contains 'Crystal Rapids' starts near the begin of this section and continues into Unionville (class II).

The more famous Tariffville Gorge is near the end of this section. Rapids here range from class II to III+, and can be even more challenging at higher water levels. Only experienced paddlers with whitewater boats should enter the gorge. (National Park Service) River

Section Details

Trip Length Full Day, 27.2 Miles
Fishing Yes
Camping No
Manager National Park Service, Region 1
Wild & Scenic Yes
Water Trail No
Partner Information
Description American Whitewater