Little - Dam below Cobble Mountain Reservoir to Northwest Rd.


Little, Massachusetts, US

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Dam below Cobble Mountain Reservoir to Northwest Rd.

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 3.2 Miles
Avg. Gradient 100 fpm


River Description

Decription from Daniel Holzman:

The Little River is a small stream that is dam release when there is excess water available from the Cobble Hill Reservoir, which is a drinking water supply for Westfield. The run starts below an unrunnable dam about 1 mile downstream of the outlet of the reservoir, which is almost always dry. The section between the reservoir and the put in looks to be very steep and rocky, probable class 5, likely only runs during floods. The Little River is mostly continuous class 3, with a class 4 drop towards the end known as Evie's Diner. We ran the river in 2001 when all three turbines were releasing, which I understand is about 600 cfs (200 per turbine). This was a sporting level; Jim Michaud showed us the lines, and indicated that the river could be run as low as 1 turbine, but was scratchy at that level. There were several down trees, but nothing that had to be portaged. By the
way, the put-in requires lowering the boats down a steep embankment, a rope is handy.

 

 

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Last Updated: 2018-05-23 19:06:20

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August 15 2018 (38 days ago)
kayakrkayakr (159566)
Bill Hearn 2 hrs The Little River will be releasing 375 cfs / 10 Million Gallons per Hour / 1
Turbine on Today Wednesday, August 15th, Thursday, August 16th, & Friday, August 17th, from 7-11 AM
& 5-10 PM each day. Shuttle Directions From Takeout to Parking for Putin: Takeout: Bridge over
Little River on Northwest Road 42.130360,-72.822643 Head north on NW Rd toward Old Quarry Rd for
0.5 mi Turn left onto Western Ave for 0.7 mi Continue onto General Knox Rd for 1.8 mi Turn left
onto S Quarter Rd for 1.2 mi Turn left onto Entrance Rd for 0.6 mi to parking 42.135048, -72.861574
AMC Noble View Outdoor Center 635 S Quarter Rd, Russell, MA 01071
https://www.google.com/…/data=!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x89e7… Hiking Directions to Putin from AMC
Noble Camp: Enter "Laurel Lane" Trail just South of "Farmhouse" (U in Blue Circle). / Just East of
Parking Lot 42.134576, -72.860248 Follow "Laurel Lane" Trail South 0.8 Miles and take a Sharp Left
Turn East onto "Charcoal Kiln" Trail for ~ 0.3 Miles. ~100 yards past intersection with "Lookout"
Trail turn right / downhill to Bushwack SouthEast ~0.2 Miles & ~400 vertical feet downhill to the
Eastern & downstream side of the Springfield Water Intake Dam:. 42.118713,-72.857263
https://www.americanwhitewater.org/cont…/River/detail/…/693/
February 7 2009 (3514 days ago)
Daniel HolzmanDetails
The Little River is a small stream that is dam release when there is excess water available from
the Cobble Hill Reservoir, which is a drinking water supply for Westfield. The run starts below an
unrunnable dam about 1 mile downstream of the outlet of the reservoir, which is almost always dry.
The section between the reservoir and the put in looks to be very steep and rocky, probable class
5, likely only runs during floods. The Little River is mostly continuous class 3, with a class 4
drop towards the end known as Evie's Diner. We ran the river in 2001 when all three turbines were
releasing, which I understand is about 600 cfs (200 per turbine). This was a sporting level; Jim
Michaud showed us the lines, and indicated that the river could be run as low as 1 turbine, but was
scratchy at that level. There were several down trees, but nothing that had to be portaged. By the
way, the put-in requires lowering the boats down a steep embankment, a rope is handy.


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