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Difficulty III-IV
Length 1 Miles
Gauge WILLIMANTIC RIVER NEAR COVENTRY, CT
Flow Range 200 - 1500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 17 minutes ago 133 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/16/2018 3:37 pm

River Description


This section of the Willimantic River is the site of the future Willimantic Whitewater Park. Prior to construction of the whitewater park the first ¼ mile is runnable. This section contains one rapid, a breached dam for an adventurous huck, then several un-runnable dams farther downstream.
 
From Bridge Street, park at a former gas station which is now owned by the Willimantic Whitewater Partnership. Carry across the road, to the upstream side of the diner. At the start of the wooded Railroad Museum property, head down to the river for the put-in.
 
The first rapid, which offers some play, ends in a retentive hole and is best avoided in higher water.
 
After the “Bridge Street” bridge, a breached dam is run on river left. Several runs of this dam are normally done since there are no runnable features below this dam.
CAUTION: The far left side of the dam has a sluiceway, which flows under the viewing platform.
DO NOT EDDY OUT NEAR THE VIEWING PLATFORM.
Eddy out on river left upstream of the tree and scout from the platform.
 
The take-out is at the end of a stonewall on river left. Carry back to the parking.
 
    
More information on the Willimantic Whitewater Partnership may be found at:
  
 

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Bellows Falls (VT) Flow Study Reveals Hidden Whitewater

6/2/2015
Robert Nasdor

A hardy group of northeast boaters climbed into the natural river channel below a hydropower dam to participate in a flow study designed to assess whether whitewater flows should be restored to this dewatered river reach on the Connecticut River. While significant obstacles remain, this site has the potential for providing instruction, playboating, and a big water feature that that could be run throughout much of the year and provide a much needed boost to the local economy. 

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FERC Takes Balanced Approach on Housatonic River, Connecticut

11/9/2001
Tom Christopher

Relicensing of the two hydropower projects
on the Housatonic transitions to a new
phase as the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission (FERC) takes a balanced
approach to resource issues.
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Matt Muir

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1194781 07/19/19 n/a n/a
1203217 04/04/14 Matt Muir Added takeout coords.
1209599 05/16/18 Alex Barham