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Farmington River Coordinating Committee


A Northeast Region Program

Dennis Reidenbach
Regional Director


Farmington Home to Mills, Kayakers, Eagles, and More

In August 1994, Congress added 14 miles of the Farmington River's West Branch to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. This exciting milestone in the river's history recognizes the Farmington's beauty and character, and ensures that it will be enjoyed by generations to come. Every year thousands of people canoe, kayak, and fish the waters of the Farmington, as well as visit the state parks, forests, and historic mills that dot the river's edge. The river is an important habitat for wildlife, such as otters and bald eagles. The Farmington River Valley is the only place in Connecticut with nesting bald eagles. In addition, Atlantic salmon may return to the river after and absence of decades. Recreational value, rare wildlife, outstanding fisheries and a rich history are some the outstanding features of the Farmington. It is managed through a partnership among local, state, and federal entities.

Designated River Segments

The segment of the West Branch and mainstem extending from immediately below the Goodwin Dam and Hydroelectric Project in Hartland to the downsteam end of the New Hartford/Canton town line was designated as part of the Wild and Scenic River System in August 1994.

Classification/Mileage: Recreational--14 miles

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Last Updated:
July 18, 2008