Distance: 4.5 miles
Time: 1-1.5 hours
Towns: New Hartford, Canton
Tributaries: Cherry Brook, Nepaug River
USGS Maps: Collinsville
Access Points: 13-16
Difficulty: Class I-III, Flatwater
PUT-IN : Access Point 13, Satan’s Kingdom State Recreation Area, New Hartford, CT (41.857434, -72.958483)
Directions: Travel 1.8 miles east of New Hartford center on Rt. 44 or 2.4 miles west of jct. Rt. 44/179 in Canton. This state owned area is the site of a very active tubing concession (Farmington River Tubing Company – (860) 693-6465) that runs from approximately mid- May to early September. Parking is available for boaters.
TAKE-OUT : Access Point 16, River Road Waste Water Treatment Plant, Collinsville, CT (41.817661, -72.921674)
Directions: From jct. Rt. 44/179, travel 1 mile south on Rt. 179. You will see Gildersleeve Road on your left. Directly opposite, take a right onto a road marked by the “Park and Ride” sign. Next to this large parking lot, there is a wooden shelter next to the bike trail. There are 2 steep narrow paths to the river. They are located 100 feet on both sides of the shelter. It would be good to examine both to determine which would be better for carrying your boat to your car.
INTERMITTENT ACCESS POINTS :
Access Point 14, Nepaug State Forest, New Hartford, CT (41.84970, -72.95600) NOTE: This site is not accessible by motor vehicle from 7/29/16 to 10/26/16. See the announcement here.
Directions: From jct. Rt. 44/179 and Rt. 202 in Canton, take a right onto Rt. 202 west across the river. Then take first right onto Powder Mill Road and immediate left onto Ramp Road. Continue past Canton Waste Transfer station onto a dirt road. Proceed approximately 1.5 miles to the end.
Access Point 15, Tubing Pullout, Canton, CT (41.836889, -72.930756)
Directions: Travel .4 miles West on Rt. 44 from jct. Rt. 44/ 202 and Rt. 179 in Canton. This point is approximately 200 yards downstream from the Canton/New Hartford border. Parking is available on the dirt parking lot downstream from the paved tubing bus parking lot. Be sure to check out the river take out which is about 70 yards downstream from the tubers take out (in the off season, the tubers take out is easier).
For a description of this segment of the river as well as historical facts, fish, wildlife and geology consider purchasing our Farmington River Guide.