Connecticut, Massachusetts, US
|Usual Difficulty||I (for normal flows)|
|CONNECTICUT RIVER AT MONTAGUE CITY, MA|
|usgs-01170500||30000 - unknown cfs||I||00h23m||12300 cfs (too low)|
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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|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||Ledges below the dam||II+|
At high flows, expect a sweet wave here.
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').