The usual put-in is at the head of the rapid just above the bridge. If you’re not comfortable with this rapid it is suggested that you take out now because the river gets more difficult downstream. After Bridge Rapid it’s class III boogie water until you get to a large boulder on river left. Right behind the boulder is Seven Foot Falls which is a near vertical drop into a large pool. It’s best to stay right as you go over the drop.
Shortly after Seven Foot Falls is Bow Pin Rapid which is worth scouting. In the old days 13-foot boats use to pin their bows if they ran straight over the drop. The best plan is to angle your boat to the right as you go over or cut hard left and bounce over the rocks.
Daniel Holzman shared in 2002:This is a remote, very beautiful run through a mature coniferous forest. Recommended absolute minimum level is 2.7 on the gage at the takeout dam, although I have banged down it at 2.3 on the gage. The river below the dam is posted off-limits by Connecticut because it is a water supply. It isn't worth the extra 150 feet of whitewater to run the dam and risk alienating the authorities.
Mostly wood free on April 1st 2014
The U.S.G.S. gage is at the take-out. The external gage has been broken for many years so paddlers would use the cement platform as a gage. The height of the platform is 4.25 feet on the U.S.G.S. gage so 6 inches above the platform is 4.75 feet and 6 inches below the platform is 3.75 feet.
Permits are not required for this reach.
From Westfield, MA, take Rte. 202 South to Rte. 57 West. Follow 57 through Granville and West Granville. About 11 miles from 202, Rte. 57 crosses Hubbard Brook. Park in the pulloff just after crossing the river and put in here. Takeout: head East on Rte. 57 and take your first right onto West Hartland Road, toward Granville State Forest. Continue through the state forest, crossing Hubbard Brook to Rte. 20. Turn left onto Rte. 20 West and continue until it crosses Hubbard Brook. Just after the brook is a gated road on the left, which follows Hubbard Brook upstream. The takeout is just up this road, by the USGS gaging station.
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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)
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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