12 Mile Upper Farmington River Trip

Main Stream Canoes and Kayaks’ signature trip starts in scenic Riverton, home to New England’s famed Hitchcock Chair Factory. We drop you off next to the Route 20 Bridge to experience a memorable 12-mile paddle back to New Hartford. 

After leaving sunny Riverton and some of its open, faster water and easier Class I and II rapids, you’ll enter the calm canopy covering the American Legion State Forest. Because it’s a longer ride you might want to take a break about halfway, right after the High Bank rapids. You’ll see picnic tables along a little sandy beach with a convenient outhouse just up the hill.

People’s Forest State Park adjoins the American Legion Campground area, so you continue your scenic trip of all kinds of wildlife viewing opportunities. Listen or look for these varied creatures:  hawks, turkey vultures, ducks, deer, jumping fish, turtles, dragonflies.

Our famous 12-miler is a challenging 5-hour ride for seasoned paddlers that will create memories long after its over. 

Main Stream Canoes and Kayaks makes it easy for everyone – book your trip, arrive at our base store, get fitted with a life jacket and paddle, receive instruction if you need it, and we take you and your watercraft to your starting point!