Also known as Stowe Brook, the section of the East Branch of the North River shown on the Maps Tab is a mellow run.
Just above the listed putin is Halifax Gorge, a short Class 5 gorge (photo). Continue north past the put in for a mile to the Rt. 112 bridge to run the gorge.
NOTE! Halifax gorge is class V with several significant (10'+) drops, curling sidewalls, and nasty holes. The pictured waterfall is the first drop on the gorge. DO NOT make the mistake of putting in above the gorge and thinking you are going to have a class II run as otherwise described on this page. Put in below the gorge and enjoy a nice paddle or put in above and be ready to run a solid class V.
03/10/2016 - Put in about 1/4 Mile closer to MA Line: 42.736484, -72.724398 (coming from MA, cross steel bridge then look for road bend to right - see leaning utility pole and parking is right there - steep kind of crappy embankment to river) ||| |||
Level 3.6 with light drizzle and ground thaw (minimal snow melt) 60F. ||| |||
Anyone concerned about Class II and seeing the associated photo of James doing a big drop... at the 3.6 level there are no drops of that magnitude (I'm not even sure that photo was from this section of river at all... I'll pay more attention on my next run).||| |||
Very nice run with minimal development to be seen from the river. When leaves are out you will feel like you're on a very secluded creek. Edge of bony at 3.6, bring your rock-beat paddle - rocks all river-rounded so your hull should be just fine.||| |||
Water cold, air warm made for some very cool river fog. Plenty of spots to do some surfing, a few spots that look like at a higher level offer some cool ledges to play with. If you like classic New England, you'll enjoy the old bridges to pass under, farmhouses to float by and such. ||| |||
Very little flatwater but enough breaks between rapids to munch a Cliff (shameless AW Sponsor plug) Bar and rehydrate. Nice active paddle without being strenuous.||| |||
Trees close to banks throughout and many are beginning to fall in - at least 6-10 were leaners debarked by ice flows so beware strainers will be popping up and some were leaning low enough that once it hits the 6' range they'll be beyond ducking and officially designated as strainers. At take-out run Left/Center as there is a log blocking the far right channel under the bridge.
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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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