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Current river conditions can affect our recommendations for your trip. Below you will find a link to the USGS daily discharge statistics for the Farmington River at Unionville, CT. Here is how to interpret them:
Scroll down to the table titled "Daily discharge statistics, in cfs, for (date) based on 30 years of record." The number you are interested in is "Most Recent Instantaneous Value," which is recorded in cfs, or cubic feet per second.
If this number is 250-450 cfs, you can expect the river to be as advertised - adults and most children will be able to stand and touch almost everywhere, the water will move slowly, and there will be sandy spots to stop and swim.
If this number is above 600 cfs, please call and ask us about it if you are a novice paddler or want to bring small children. At higher water levels, kids may not be able to touch, and we lose our sand bars. For high water conditions, we often recommend that we tie two canoes together to create a tip-proof craft.
During especially rainy seasons, such as the summer of 2009, daily discharge can reach very high levels. For example, on 7/24/09, the rate was 2000 cfs! In such an instance, we recommend that families with young children wait until water levels return to a safer value.
Link to the USGS daily discharge statistics for the Farmington River at Unionville, CT: