A ride down the Farmington River may sound pretty refreshing during the heat wave, but right now it’s running slow and low.
When the water is flowing, so is business on the river, but the hot days during the heat wave are like gold.
“The hotter it gets, the more people want to come out and cool off in the river,” said Jeremy Harraden.
He doesn’t want that good fortune to run dry.
"Typically it's middle to end of August when the river will start getting low like this, this year because of the drought it's happened a lot sooner,” Harraden said.
The river is still flowing, but it is getting low.
You might have to walk a bit if you get stuck in a shallow spot, and the typical hour-and-a-half to two-hour float is now taking close to three.
Though they don't have to contend with the current as much…those heading out on paddle boards and kayaks still are taking into account that shallow water.
"We did put out a buoy this morning of a rock that was kind of a hazardous area but we just let them all know that and give them a rundown of the river and what to expect,” said Joe Trahan of Collinsville Canoe and Kayak
Farmington River Tubing still expects they’ll be able to stay open until Labor Day, but they’d love a little extra help from Mother Nature.
"Of course we'd like to get some rain and get some more water in the river but certainly we can make do with what's coming down river,” Harraden said.
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