Westfield, Middle Branch - River Road to Littleville Dam


Westfield, Middle Branch, Massachusetts, US

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River Road to Littleville Dam

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 7 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
WEST BRANCH WESTFIELD RIVER AT HUNTINGTON, MA
usgs-01181000 800 - 9000 cfs II-III 00h31m 1980 cfs (running)
Estimated based on the West Branch
MIDDLE BRANCH WESTFIELD RIVER AT GOSS HEIGHTS, MA
usgs-01180500 3.20 - 6.00 ft II-III 351d07h31m 1.2 ft (too low)


River Description

A challenging, technical, and funClass II at low levels. A few scrapy spots, two portages around strainers, and series of rocks and small drops that required a lot of maneuvering. This branch of the river is narrower than the nearby parts of the West Branch, and there are more spots where you need to get through a narrow slot. Very scenic with small falls coming in. A road runs along the whole reach, but there's little traffic on that road and I was barely aware of it.

The M. Br. Westfield (Goss Hts.) U.S.G.S. gage appears to have been discontinued. The guage has been left in place to preserve the information, but a new correlation will have to be made with the West Branch Westfield in Huntington. The listed values are based on the West Branch


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-06-13 15:29:34

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 7 2017 (499 days ago)
nroche (150960)
Ran the Middle Branch today (5/7/17); USGS gage said 3.51 ft. I'd agree with your characterization
as "lower runnable," but I'm not sure the gage itself reflects what's going on in this reach, as
the reach is above the Littleville Dam and the gage appears to be below it. The gage shows the
level rising over May 5 and 6 and holding steady May 7, but one of our group who ran it both May 6
and May 7 said it was much higher May 6. In any case, it was a challenging, technical, and fun
Class II at today's level. A few scrapy spots, two portages around strainers, and series of rocks
and small drops that required a lot of maneuvering. This branch of the river is narrower than the
nearby parts of the West Branch, and there are more spots where you need to get through a narrow
slot. Very scenic with small falls coming in. A road runs along the whole reach, but there's little
traffic on that road and I was barely aware of it.
January 14 2006 (4630 days ago)
bill archambeaultDetails
WENT DEC.11/04, HAD A GREAT TIME, THE WATER WAS FAST AND FUN WITH GOOD LITTLE DROPS.


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