Put in elevation........?'
Take out elevation......same
River width average.....?'
River water quality.....tbd.
Wildlife................Local clubs and bars.
Gas/Convenience Stores..Many in area..
Nearest Restrooms.......Shaws supermarket next to the river.
Camping.................None, but lots of hotels..
Definitely surfable around 1100 CFS. Access is fine at both the put-in and take-out. Looks like it may hold a day or two after a heavy rain.
I just boated this today and though it says it was too low (482 cfs), it is definitely boatable. You will bump into some rocks, but if you just have to get on the river, this is not a bad level.
5 years ago
Gage boating levels are approximate, this is a new AW entry and readings are still being measured. In particular the upper limit when the wave washes out is not known.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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River Right Put-In
Waltham Wave at Medium Level.
Boaters playing in Waltham Wave
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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.
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.
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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