River flows, forecasts

Without adequate flows, the Farmington River would cease to exist as a cultural, natural, flowsrecreational, and aesthetic resource for fish, wildlife, and/or people. Understanding the River’s flows provides essential answers to key questions such as: “Is it safe to go fishing?” or “is it a good day for whitewater kayaking?” or “is there likely to be flooding in my area?” As you can see by linking to the different USGS flow stations (called gauging stations) below, flows vary based on location in the watershed, size of stream, local rainfall or snowmelt, and many other factors.There is no flow level at which river recreation is guaranteed safe for everyone.  Please consider local conditions (such as downed trees, rocks, steep banks, etc.), weather, and your own level of experience and fitness when deciding to go swimming, boating, or fishing.River gauge readings in Tariffville, Simsbury and Unionville on the NOAA Site are the easiest graphs to read as they show river water height, a map of the gauge locations and the relative heights of flood stages.  Click through on the links above to visit the site and scroll down.
Farmington Watershed USGS Flow Stations        Location where Flows are Measured
West Branch Farmington River at New Boston, MA Lat 42° 04’45”, long 73° 04’24”, Berkshire County, Hydrologic Unit 01080207, on left bank 5 ft downstream from highway bridge, 0.3 mi downstream from Clam River, 1 mi south of New Boston, and at mile 65.0.
Flow
West Branch Farmington River at Riverton, CT Lat 41o57’46”, long 73o01’05”, Litchfield County, Hydrologic Unit 01080207, on right bank at downstream side of bridge on State Route 20 at Riverton, 0.3 mi upstream from Still River, 2.0 mi downstream from Goodwin Dam of West Branch Reservoir, and at mile 55.
Flow
Still River at Robertsville Road, CT Lat 41o58’04”, long 73o02’04”, Litchfield County, Hydrologic Unit 01080207, on left bank 1,500 ft downstream from Sandy Brook, 1 mi southeast of Robertsville, 1 mi northwest of Riverton, and 1 mi upstream from mouth.
Flow
Burlington Brook near Burlington, CT Lat 41o47’10”, long 72o57’55”, Hartford County, Hydrologic Unit 01080207, on left bank 1.2 mi north of Burlington, 3 mi upstream from mouth, 2,000 feet east of the intersection of Covey Road on Hotchkiss Road, and 3 mi southwest of Collinsville.
Flow
Farmington River at Unionville, CT Lat 41o45’2″, long 72o53’14”, Hartford County, Hydrologic Unit 01080207, at right bank upstream of steel truss highway bridge on State Route 177 at Unionville, 4.1 mi downstream from Burlington Brook and 3.0 mi upstream from Pequabuck River.
Flow
Farmington River at Tariffville, CT Lat 41o54’30”, long 72o45’40”, Hartford County, Hydrologic Unit 01080207, on right bank at Tariffville, behind house at 20 Tunxis Road, 0.3 mi downstream from bridge on State Route 189 and 5.5 mi upstream from gage at Rainbow.
Flow
Special Releases: ** The MDC releases water from the West Branch Reservoir and Lake McDonough (East Branch Farmington) to meet Riparian Agreement provisions and other flow requirements established by the CT DEP and others. FRWA will post MDC release information here when it is available.
Click to view a map of USGS gaging stations: includes those that are current and those that have been mothballed.