Rumor is that this section derives its name from a large glacial "pot hole" feature which has since filled in.
This is a very popular run, in part because it has a wilderness feel, unusual for Southern New England rivers. The rapids are fairly continuous for the whole section's length.
Flow info is estimated based on an observation from 2014. If you have more information please leave a comment
After rainfall totaling 1.5" at knightenville dam (17 miles down stream) and its inflow registering over 1500cfs, the arch bridge gauge at the Cummington put in read 2 feet. The current is strong and continuous, always class 1 or more though not over class 3. Not a technical river, faster boats will find more surfable waves, some of the steeper gorge section provide some gnarly deep troughs with great entrance eddies. Enough cannot be said of the scenery , it seems at the rarity his section runs, do not miss a opurtunity to experience it.
Parking on Back St. for put in.
A gauge is located at the arched bridge in Cummington. 1 foot is bare minimum, with not much play; play begins about 2 feet, with great play at 3 feet. At 4 feet, it's getting pushy. This section needs lots of rain to be runnable.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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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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