Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15, 2023

Otis, MA – Farmington River – Class II+

Latest News Update for Farmington Slalom:

    Race Organizer:

    If registering by mail, make entry checks payable and send to:
    Klaus Renner
    101 Rideout Road
    Hollis, NH 03049
    Klaus Renner (

    General Information:

    River Gauge: Check Level – Release Requested

    Two Day Race Format:

    • At least part of Saturday morning will available for full course practice runs.
    • The racers meeting will be at 12:30 PM, unless otherwise noted, on Saturday followed by the first runs in both session A & B.
    • The racers meeting will be at 8:30 AM, unless otherwise noted, on Sunday followed by the second runs in both session B & A.

    Additional Classes: Will be offered as required. NOTE: Seprate non-NESS Beginner Classes, not included in the 125 boat maximum, will be run between sessions each day on an abbreviated course. Late entry of $10/person, one beginner class only, will be accepted till 11:00 AM on Sat.

    Course Set-Up: Help is needed to set up the course, starting exactly at 1:00 PM, on Friday.


    The Farmington Slalom Race Site is seven miles north of the Connecticut/Massachusetts on Route 8 at an entrance to Tolland State Forest.

    From the West, take I-90 east to Exit 2, and take Route 20 east for about seven miles then tale Route 8 south for a little over ten miles to the Race Site at mile marker 7.

    From the East, take I-90 to Exit 3 and take Routes 10 & 202 south for about a mile and a half then turn right onto Route 20. Proceed west on Route 20 for about five miles then turn left onto Route 23 and go about 15 miles to Route 8 and turn left again. Proceed south on Route 8 for a little over ten miles to the Race Site at mile marker 7.

    From the South & Southwest, take Route 8 north from exit 19 on I-84 in Waterbury, CT, a total distance of 44 miles. The race site is seven miles into Massachusetts on route 8, at mile marker 7.

    Map of all the NESS Race Locations

    GPS coordinates for the race site are: 42.127026, -73.067365

    Race Site Description:

    Camping is available FREE at the race site, courtesy of Toland State Forest, Thursday thru Sunday nights. Portable Toilets will be provided. Tents will not be allowed on the Route 8 side of the river. Tent camping space is located across the bridge and left through the gate. RVs are not to park so that they are exposed to traffic on Route 8.

    Lodging is available at Maplewood 1850 House, (413) 269-7351; Lakeside Estates Bed & Breakfast, 99 Kibbe Road, PO Box 830, East Otis, MA 01029 – (413) 269-9900; New Boston Inn, (413) 258-4477.

    Parking is plentiful along both sides of the pull off. Do not park along Route 8 with out getting completely off the pavement.

    Spectator access is available for the bridge over the river at the upper course. Be aware of occasional automobile traffic using the bridge. Access is good all along the pull off as it’s only a few steps to the river the entire length.

    Race Course Video:

    Video by Bob Putnam: SternCam OC1