Center Brook, Connecticut, US
|Usual Difficulty||V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||200 fpm|
|Max Gradient||200 fpm|
|WEST BRANCH FARMINGTON RIVER NEAR NEW BOSTON, MA|
|usgs-01185500||5.50 - 10.00 ft||V||01h07m||2.19 ft (too low)|
Only one known descent (as of 3/28/07; there have been more since). Length and gradient are estimations. Access at the put in is tenuous. Reportedly, this is a steep, narrow wood-filled rollercoaster ride that empties into the Sandy. The two guys who ran it are good friends of mine. One described the event as terrifying. The other, who happens to be a sponsored paddler and is regularly regarded as one of the best in the Northeast, called it a classic. If you're interested in finding out where you stack up, do your homework, find an appropriate put in, and post a comment here for all to see.
Nicholas Gottlieb shared:
Sometime between two and three years ago, I think, Chris Brost and I ran the bottom five or six drops of this run. We were running the Sandy at a low level -- really low -- and we got to this creek and it was cranking, comparatively, so we started hiking up and ran a few drops. The first was a funky, narrow winding 8 or so foot drop that fell off a 2-4 foot ledge at the bottom right towards a rock sticking out (that is tough to dodge). The biggest drop we ran was a 10+ foot slide into a pillowed rock above a narrow hole at the bottom. The runout into the Sandy was a little funky -- channelized, a little bony, and had some wood in it. Looks like a great run, although I haven't seen anymore than what I saw when I hiked up those drops. Can't wait to try it from the top.
Another thing -- it might run more often than you would expect. At the very least, it's probably pond/swamp fed...When I ran part of it, Sandy was absurdly low and this thing was running at a fine level.
Another paddler testified:
Looked at this today.....traveling from WY to my home state. Access seems pretty simple off of Pisgah Mtn. Rd. (no "no trespassing" signs at least)...certainly could be a great run with a bunch of water and a little tree maintenance. Length and gradient seem about right as well. Looks like a great day to run Center into the Sandy, then bust over to Kent Falls and run it from the top (which is definitely possible with enough water/one questionable fall midway down that you REALLY need to get to the left side of) and then finish up with a Bull's Bridge...Hope to be here someday when the waters all comin' down!