For a river to attain 'Wild and Scenic' status, it must be free-flowing and possess one or more ORVs. The Farmington River has several which help to make it such a special place:

  1. Recreation - Fishing, boating, tubing, camping, picnicing, hiking, biking, swimming
  2. Fish and Wildlife - Bald eagles, river otters, trout, salmon, black bears
  3. Scenic - Adjoining lands not altered much by humans, beautiful Satan's Kingdom, adjacent state forests, scenic ridges along both sides of river
  4. Historic - Old communities, 19th-century structures (mills), archaeological sites, historic buildings