There is also now a lower section of the Naugatuck commonly kayaked. It is class I-II and starts in southern Waterbury on Platts Mills Street of off of exitt 29 of rt 8. You can put in Behind and across from an old howard johnson now called the brass city restraunt I believe at the intersection of Platts Mills Street and S Main Street for a Harder Class 2 Start or put in about a half mile below at a large fisherman park/pullover for a beginner start. There is a race on this section now every year.The take out is off off exit 24 of rt8 in beacon falls under the Depot St bridge near the rail road station. The run is about six miles long and there are lower and higher put ins and outs as well. Th river is at a fluid level at 3 and really fun around 4.
The gauge is at Thomaston which is a flood control dam miles downstream of the section we paddle. During last weeks flood they actually ponded up a few billion gallons to release later. The upper West branch is basically a small creek and will be up when the Hubbard and Sandy are running.
Warning- do not rely on the gauge information for the Naugatuck. Right now the river is too high to run safely-lots of trees and some nasty keepers- but the gauge says its only 240 cfs. The actual volume must be at least a thousand or more. Look at the dam behind the Riverside Deli in West Torrington. If there is a giant hole then the run is HIGH.
The gauge that was on this page previously is in fact a flood control dam miles downstream. So there's often very little correlation between that dam and the river -- it was running at 240cfs while the run itself was in total flood. Thanks to Dave Paton for the info.
The best way to tell if this is running is to look at the dam behind the Riverside Deli. If there's a big hole, it's very high. It usually runs after rains, and if other creeks come up this will definitely come up. It often holds longer than most creeks, because it's fed by a pond at the putin.
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