AS OF SUMMER 2017, THIS RUN IS FULL OF WOOD, ESPECIALLY LOWER DOWN.
Source: Greg and Sue Hanlon's Steep Creeks of New England, which has more info on this run. Text used with permission.
Directions: From Rte. 2 West in Charlemont, bang a right onto Zoar Road just before crossing the Deerfield River. Follow about 2.5 miles to a T intersection; take a left here onto River Road, passing under a railroad trestle. Continue on this road about 10.5 miles to Monroe Bridge, MA. Take a left up Kingsley Hill Rd., a steep hill, and head ~1.3 miles to a T intersection at Main Road. Head left and follow Main Rd. about 2.0 miles to a left on South Road. Shortly after this turn, South Road crosses Dunbar Brook. This is the putin.
To takeout: backtrack to Monroe Bridge; bang a right onto onto River Road. Continue about 1.6 miles to a parking area on your right at the confluence of Dunbar Brook and the Deerfield River. From this lot, you can see the dam at the Dunbar Brook takeout.
Note: This is one of those runs which tend to get full of logs. Be careful here.
River Description: Source: Nate Warren
A continuous class 5 run with two very large, long and complicated class 5+ sections. Low water reveals the many undercuts and sieves. The put-in rapid is the smaller of the two 5+. If the first rapid looks good, the river should be in. This one requires lots of rain and drains quickly. If the WB Deerfield is high, Dunbar might be in. This run is nearly completely scoutable from a trail that runs along it in Monroe State Forest.
As of 4/14, Kingsley Hill Rd. in Monroe is closed - continue north into Vermont then turn left onto Bosley Hill Rd. Continue up hill, turn left onto Shippee Rd, bear left at the fork. Shippee turns into Main Rd - continue until the left onto Raycroft Rd (aka South Road). This is the put-in.
Map Dunbar Brook
6 years ago
by Nathan Warren
Hike up the Dunbar Brook Trail and have a look at the rapids. The Walloomsac gage can provide a rough guide to this run. If it's at 3.5 feet or better, then Dunbar is probably high. As with any remote gage, exercise caution.
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In response to requests by American Whitewater, several affiliates, and other stakeholders, FERC directed Brookfield Renewable to study the impact of its hydropower operations on whitewater boating on the Deerfield River in western Massachusetts. Boating groups and our supporters are seeking to determine optimal whitewater boating flows from the Fife Brook Dam and whether changes in hydropower operations would enhance boating opportunities, access and navigation.
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A hardy group of northeast boaters climbed into the natural river channel below a hydropower dam to participate in a flow study designed to assess whether whitewater flows should be restored to this dewatered river reach on the Connecticut River. While significant obstacles remain, this site has the potential for providing instruction, playboating, and a big water feature that that could be run throughout much of the year and provide a much needed boost to the local economy.
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