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Difficulty II
Length 2.25 Miles
Gauge WEST BRANCH FARMINGTON RIVER NEAR NEW BOSTON, MA
Flow Range 3.80 - 7.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 21 minutes ago 2.11 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/23/2018 4:05 pm

River Description


The Farmington is often run during the autumn drawdown of Otis Reservoir.

ChuckB, on the Northeast Paddlers' Massage Board, says:
"This should be a fairly easy class II, although it is a lot more rocky and techical than Fife Brook. It is pretty steep for a class II, but the small volume keeps the pace slow.
"Each of the sections (Bear's Den Section, New Boston Section, and Upper New Boston) is a couple/few miles long and any one or two or three of them can be run together. Those three harder spots are pretty cool, especially one that has a four foot drop 'cause you can watch your probe disappear for a moment before reappearing behind the horizon line (unless you are the probe). This is a great river to work on your eddy hopping and boat scouting skills. Keep an eye out for strainers as the narrowness of the river could easily make a strainer impassable. There is not much in they way of play on this river, but idiots like me still try as evidenced by the scratches on my helmet and the gouges in my boat. The release level is really boney, so pray for some rain to supplement it."

The Farmington releases come down out of Otis Reservoir. If you're looking for a bit of steep Class-V fun, check out Fall River.
Check out the river description at the Farmington River Watershed Association website.

Directions from the center of Otis, Mass: you can put in at the bridge or continue south for another 1.5 miles to the intersection of Reservoir Road on your left. During the Fall release you can put in at a field approximately ¼ mile north of this intersection, where the release from Fall River comes into the Farmington. The takeout is approximately 2.5 miles south of Reservoir Road intersection on MA Rte. 8 by an iron bridge.
For a map with directions, click on the "Directions" tab.

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2010 Farmington / Fall River releases (Otis reservoir)

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Sat.-Sun., Sept. 18-19 All day 250 cfs NESS Slalom Race
Sat.-Sun., Oct. 2-3 Cancelled -- Low reservoir level
Sat.-Sun., Oct. 16-17 Cancelled -- Low reservoir level
Sat.-Sun., Oct. 23-24 Cancelled -- Low reservoir level

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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Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1198139 09/10/10 Matt Muir Changed title for ordering; updated release schedule (2007-->2010!); fixed putin/takeout coords.
1198140 09/10/10 Matt Muir Moved takeout to iron bridge.
1198142 09/10/10 Matt Muir Changed section name.
1209694 05/23/18 Alex Barham
1192851 02/24/07 Jim Michaud n/a
1198136 09/09/10 Matt Muir Added abstract and updated lynx.