Westfield, N. Branch - 2) Cummington to Chesterfield Gorge

Westfield, N. Branch, Massachusetts, US


2) Cummington to Chesterfield Gorge (Pork Barrel Section)

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 7.2 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01179500 1200 - 3000 cfs I-III 00h45m 91.3 cfs (too low)

River Description

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

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-06-13 15:00:07

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 26 2014 (1696 days ago)
Hamburglar (155018)
5/16/14 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.