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Difficulty IV
Length 3.5 Miles
Gauge WEST BRANCH WESTFIELD RIVER AT HUNTINGTON, MA
Flow Range 1500 - 8000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 16 minutes ago 144 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/13/2018 3:05 pm

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Robert Larkham provided:

If you are looking to do some creeking in Western Mass then Walker Brook is a must. The difficulty changes dramatically with water levels. At high levels you don't want to swim so make sure you have a good roll. Once you have mastered Walker, step it up a bit to do Factory Brook, a five minute drive away.

The guage correlation is based on the Westfield W. Branch. If you run this section please leave a comment with more flow beta.

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Deerfield River (MA) Flow Studies to Explore New & Improved Boating Opportunity

2015-12-06 09:54:00-05
Robert Nasdor

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.

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AW Responds To Connecticut River Boating Study (MA)

2015-11-18 16:18:00-05
Robert Nasdor

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.

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Bellows Falls (VT) Flow Study Reveals Hidden Whitewater

2015-06-02 15:57:00-04
Robert Nasdor

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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