Sunday, June 6, 2021

Tariffville, CT – Farmington River – Class II

Regional Team Qualifier #6

Latest News Update for Tariffville Slalom:

  • Wedding at the Mill Camp Site – See Below!!

    May 23, 2021amyhunt
    There will be a wedding happening on the lawn closest to the mill building. The wedding will use a lawn close to the parking lot, while we will use the lawn further away from the building and reachable via a gravel road that does not cross the wedding area.
    The wedding will be at the Mill on Saturday, June 5 in the parking lot, the gazebo and the lawn area close to the river and the parking lot from 10:00am until dark. The Mill owner and the wedding caterer are OK with us being there, because there is plenty of room for us to stay out of the way of the event.
    Race campers must set up in the lawn surrounding the two equipment sheds at the upstream end of the Mill property. Driving from the Mill entrance, continue straight onto a gravel road and head for the area around the two sheds.
    The Mill building will remain open for all to use the indoor rest rooms.
    Please remember to respect the site so we are welcome in future years.

Race Organizer:

If registering by mail, make entry checks payable and send to:
Gary Grosclaude
PO Box 61
Colebrook, CT 06021
Gary Grosclaude (tangent.ind@snet.net)

General Information:

River Gauge: Check Level

One Day Race Format:

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

Additional Classes: Beginners and C-1 REC. [NOTE: Beginners will race on an abbreviated course with the more difficult gates eliminated.]

Course Set-Up: Help is needed all day Friday to set up the course.

Special Notes: The race course will be an open boat and rec-boat friendly one. A racing clinic for new racers will be available Saturday morning, depending on interest shown and availability of clinic mentors.


The Race Site is in the Village of Tariffville, CT, ten miles North of Hartford, CT, about four miles West of route I-91. Route 315 and 189 intersect in Tariffville and route 187 is just south of town and is used to get to the race site from the camping area. There are lots of ways to get to Tariffville using small roads from the northwest, west and southwest but there are too many to show here. Below are the easiest ways to get to the Camping Area. and the Race Site.

From the North, take I-91 south to Springfield and take exit 3 across the river and west on route 57 for about three miles. Then take route 187 south for about twelve miles, go right onto route 189 north and then go about a mile to a traffic light. At this light turn right, east, and then make an immediate left into the driveway of the Camping Area.

From the south, take I-91 north to exit 37 and go west on route 305 for about two miles to Route 189 north. Then take route 189 north for about five miles to a traffic light. At this light turn right, east, and then make an immediate left into the driveway of the Camping Area.

The Race Site is only about a half a mile away from the Camping Area, but you’ll have to drive almost three miles to get there! Go back south on 189 about a mile and take the ramp to the left for route 187 north. Cross the river and take the very next right followed by an immediate right. Follow this road to the river and bear right following the road north at this point along the river to the Race Site. Click here for a PDF of a local map of Tariffville, CT, including Race Site & Camping Area

Map of all the NESS Race Locations

GPS coordinates for the race site are: 41.904705, -72.760241

Race Site Description:

Camping is available behind The Mill, 2 Tunxis Road, Tariffville, CT. Restrooms available in The Mill. Please keep the facilities clean.

Lodging is available at: The Iron Horse Inn , (860) 658-2216, and La Quinta Inn , (860) 623-3336.

Parking: NOTICE: Parking Restrictions at the Race Site. Parking will only be allowed on the river side of the road leading to the Race Site, Tunxis Road, inside of the access gates. Parking will not be allowed in the Cul-de-Sac or prior to the access gate.

Spectator access is available using two paths that originate at the Cul-de-Sac. One leads up stream to the start area and the other leads downstream to the bottom half of the course.

Race Course Video:

Video by Bob Putnam: OC1 SternCam