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Difficulty II(III)
Length 0 Miles
Flow Range 30000 - 120000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 17 minutes ago 3070 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/11/2018 5:36 pm

River Description

Lotsa folks on the Northeast Paddlers' Massage Board enjoy this spot when spring rains bring it up. It's a mile or two upstream of the Holyoke Dam in Holyoke, along Route 5.

Don Williams gives the beta:
Look for a small parking area off of Rte. 5 with a kiosk and sign saying "Dinosaur Footprints Reservation." (Editor's note: that would explain the name.) It is 2.1 miles North of the intersection of Rt. 141 and Rte. 5 in Holyoke (exit 17 off of I91) or 5.1 miles South of the Rte. 5 exit in Northampton (exit 18). The playspot is only there when the Connecticut is at or near peak during the spring snowmelt season. Last spring we even had a couple of people show up with surfboards and do quite well.
Lat/longitude coords courtesy of Angela Baldo.

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Rapid Descriptions


Class - II Mile - 0

At high flows, expect a sweet wave here.

Ledges below the dam

Class - II+ Mile - 0

Below the Holyoke dam, a series of bedrock ledges and large rock/block debris create interesting looking opportunities at what may be a wider variety of flows (compared to when Wave-o-Saurus is 'in').


Gage Descriptions

Chris Towles says that the wave begins its playful range at 35,000, butt at 50,000 it starts to rock. At 90,000 the wave becomes awesome.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

Date Flow Result Factor  
2017-06-08 High Near Miss/Rescue Read More




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Matt Muir


Alex Barham


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1198296 10/05/10 Matt Muir Corrected lat/long coords; added abstract.
1200562 06/11/18 Alex Barham
1193416 03/21/06 n/a n/a