Class I-II West Branch Farmington, CT

Wild & Scenic Farmington (Goodwin Dam to New Hartford/Canton line)

In August 1994, Congress added 14 miles of the Farmington River's West Branch to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. This exciting milestone in the river's history recognizes the Farmington's beauty and character, and ensures that it will be enjoyed by generations to come. Every year, thousands of people canoe, kayak and fish the waters of the Farmington, as well as visit the state parks, forests and historic mills that dot the river's edge. The river is an important habitat for wildlife, such as otters and bald eagles, and the Farmington River Valley is currently the only place in Connecticut with nesting bald eagles. In addition, the Atlantic salmon may return to the river after an absence of decades. Recreational value, rare wildlife, outstanding fisheries and a rich history are some of the outstanding features of the Farmington. It is managed through a partnership among local, state, and federal interests. (

Section Details

Trip Length Full Day, 14.0 Miles
Fishing Yes
Manager National Park Service, Northeast Regional Office
Wild & Scenic Yes
Water Trail No
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Photo Credit: Tim Palmer