The Farmington River

 
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Towns in the Farmington River Watershed:

  • Becket

  • Blandford

  • Granville​

  • Monterey

  • New Marlborough

  • Otis

  • Sandisfield

  • Tolland 

  • Tyringham

Major Tributaries:

  • Clam River

  • Fall River

  • Mill Brook

  • Moody Brook

  • Salmon Brook

  • Thorp Brook

What's happening in the Farmington River Watershed? Click here to find out!

Organizations working in the

Farmington River Watershed​:

 Farmington River Watershed Association 

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Environmental Concerns for the Farmington River


Water quality is the primary concern for the Farmington River from polluted stormwater runoff. Additionally, as of 2019, the newly designated Wild and Scenic Lower Farmington River was contaminated with PFAS. The PFAS originated from airport firefighting foam used nearby the river. To learn more, click here.




Additional Facts


History: At the turn of the 20th century, the Farmington River powered many industries in the watershed. In 1981, a tunnel was proposed to be built that would allow water from the river's west branch to flow into its east branch. For more information on the history of the Farmington River, click here. In 2019, a 14-mile segment of the Farmington river was designated as a national Wild and Scenic River. Did You Know?

  • The Farmington River flows in all cardinal directions, which is very unusual.
  • The Farmington hosts all 12 species of freshwater mussel found in New England.
  • The Farmington River is an important restoration habitat for Atlantic Salmon.





What Are People Saying?

"One of our favorite parts of the river is to see the amazing wildlife!"

"The [Farmington River] watershed in Massachusetts is approximately 85% forested and hosts a plethora of wildlife including the peregrine falcon, a recovering endangered species, as well as numerous fish species, including Atlantic salmon."

- Farmington River Watershed Association

Farmington River Activities
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Swimming

 

While it is safe to swim in, there are no designated swimming locations on the Farmington River. See this webpage from the Farmington River Watershed Association for more information on water quality and swimming.

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Walk, Hike, Bike

 

Please contact us with information on walking, hiking, and biking trails in Massachusetts along the Farmington River. 

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Paddling

 

For paddling and boating information, please see this complete list of river access points by The Massachusetts Paddler and recreation guide by the Farmington River Watershed Association. 

For additional information on paddling the river, click here

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Boating & Sailing

 

For paddling and boating information, please see this complete list of river access points by The Massachusetts Paddler and recreation guide by the Farmington River Watershed Association. 

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Fishing

 

Most common fish species found in the Farmington River are native trout, carp, smallmouth bass, and salmon (occasionally). 

 

Fishing locations in the watershed (MA only):

  • Lower Farmington River

  • Mountain View Campground (Sandisfield)​

For information about fishing the Farmington River, click here.