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Difficulty I-II
Length 4 Miles
Gauge Westfield at Huntington
Flow Range 500 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 37 minutes ago 81.8 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 09/08/2010 2:35 pm

River Description

This is the site of an amateur race in the Spring, which actually begins upstream on the East Branch. There's a dam portage early in the run; the most important rapid is Hill and Dale Rapid. It messes with novices' heads, but there's a substantial pool afterwards for recovery.
Lat/longitude coords are approximate.

Rapid Descriptions


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11 years ago

This was a good trip. Within 4 minutes, 3 out of 4 of us were in the drink! (keep in mind we are whitewater beginners). There is a steep hill to climb to get around one of the dams, it takes a little effort, but not too bad. I can't wait to go again. I would add photos...if my camera didn't get wet in the first 4 minutes!

Gage Descriptions

The virtual gage linked here is the sum of the contribution from three tribs.

Directions Description

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Join Us for the (virtual) Deerfield Fest this Friday!

Robert Nasdor

Whitewater boaters from Maine to Pennsylvania gather each June in Charlemont, MA to celebrate whitewater boating and American Whitewater's river advocacy to protect, restore, and enjoy our northeast rivers. While we can't gather in-person this year, we'll be having a virtual Deerfield Fest Membership Event this Friday, June 26th at 7 pm (EST) . We'll be giving away some fun AW merchandise and other prizes for those who JOIN or RENEW their AW Membership and join us on Friday, so REGISTER for the virtual Deerfield River Membership Event today and join us for this fun event in support of AW. (Photo by Alan MacRae)

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Deerfield River (MA) Flow Studies to Explore New & Improved Boating Opportunity

Robert Nasdor

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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AW Responds To Connecticut River Boating Study (MA)

Robert Nasdor

American Whitewater, along with other paddling groups and outfitters, filed comments with FERC responding to the Whitewater Boating Evaluation at Turners Falls on the Connecticut River. The study showed that there is strong demand for boating on this section of the Connecticut River if sufficient flows, scheduled releases, better access, and real-time information are provided. The groups filed the comments in order to provide additional information for the environmental review and to respond to the unsupported statements by FirstLight, the utility performing the study, claiming that there is little demand for boating at Turners Falls.

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Bellows Falls (VT) Flow Study Reveals Hidden Whitewater

Robert Nasdor

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. 


Matt Muir


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1193014 04/23/02 n/a n/a
1198124 09/08/10 Matt Muir Added sig photo, abstract, and link to race.