Directions from the center of Otis, Mass to the takeout at the bridge: continue south for another 1.5 miles to the intersection of Reservoir Road on your left. During the Fall release you can take out at a field approximately ¼ mile north of this intersection where the release from Fall River comes into the Farmington. To get to the putin drive up Reservoir Road approximately 1 mile, take a right at the sign for a campground (don’t remember the name) and drive to the outlet of Otis Reservoir. From here you must carry down below the unrunnable falls to the putin. For a map and directions, click on the "Directions" tab. Runnable during the fall drawdown of Otis Reservoir, when paddling hordes head for the Farmington. Check out the Bear's Den Section, New Boston Section, and Upper New Boston sections of that river. The Fall River is harder and more intense than Sandy Brook. Strainer alert The following was posted on NPMB by Todd M on 10/16/05
The level was large yesterday shifting some wood around. After slack water in the middle section the first section that ends with a boof over a large hump and eddy out on the right. You MUST make this eddy. There is a river-wide log at the back of the eddy. If you are left and don't get the eddy, you will wash into this. There is more wood that doesn't present as much of a problem, but enough that this will be off my list until we can clean it up.
2010 Farmington / Fall River releases (Otis reservoir)
The water usually starts to be released very late on Friday or early morning on Saturday and continues spilling through the weekend until late afternoon on Sunday. Source for release schedule info: AMC, Boston chapter
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Fall Creek, typical scene
Creeking MA style
The line NOT to take
Fall Creek at the frist drop
in and out of the tube
1st Drop Fall Creek
Fall Creek - tubes
Fall Creek - first drop
Watch your head
Fall Creek - below first drop
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