Connecticut - 2. Wave-o-Saurus

Connecticut, Massachusetts, US


2. Wave-o-Saurus

Usual Difficulty II(III) (for normal flows)


Photo of Parker Bent, the Legend of the Longboard by Don Williams

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01170500 30000 - unknown cfs II(III) 01h09m 20100 cfs (too low)

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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StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-06-11 17:36:46

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Wave-o-SaurusIIPlayspot Photo Video
0.0Ledges below the damII+Playspot Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Wave-o-Saurus (Class II)
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Photo of unknonwn by Andy Stuart taken 04/12/08 @ 65,000

At high flows, expect a sweet wave here.

Ledges below the dam (Class II+)

Connecticut River below dam to 202 bridge - Holyoke

Connecticut River below dam to 202 bridge - Holyoke
Photo taken summer 04 @ low

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').

User Comments

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April 12 2015 (1318 days ago)
David SuDetails
Whitewater Access Alert! Bad news. WaveOSaurus is now patrolled by Amtrak Police (at least 5
days/wk) who kicked us off the river today, citing the ability to ticket us for crossing the RR
tracks. The new Amtrak Vermonter now passes by at at high speed "60-80 mph" (per officer)
presenting increased danger to pedestrians. American Whitewater has been advised; will follow up.
Together with changes instituted by the Trustees of Reservations, we have now lost access to,
arguably, Massachusetts' best wave and best waterfalls. Please help American Whitewater negotiate
improved access for whitewater paddlers. Per inquiries: there is no access from the east bank
because it's all private and a steep embankment. Possible access from upstream is 3+ miles and
downstream is 2 miles to the Holyoke Dam(!) area, both of which are 1-way trips, no going back. So
access is crucial at this location.

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