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Difficulty I-III
Length 9.2 Miles
Gauge WESTFIELD RIVER AT KNIGHTVILLE, MA
Flow Range 800 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 58 minutes ago 296 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/30/2004 4:56 pm

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Brian Yellen
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7 years ago

Wife and I set in below the gorge (rumors of CIV within gorge). It was a great canoe paddle down to the reservoir. The reservoir is only for flood control and often empty; a road runs along the bottom of the dry reservoir. Along the way, there were some great trout pools and a few bouldery ledges that we chose to line since it was October and chilly. Except for one boulder field, it was at worst, very low consequence CIII. The boulder field had some nasty turns that looked likely to wrap the canoe. But it was an easy line with an unloaded boat. We had stashed bikes at the reservoir and rode them back to our car along the dirt road that parallels the river. The road is rocky and car-free. I was able to ride most of it on an old 10-speed and my wife was fine on a cheap hybrid. We paddled a 17' behemoth Dagger canoe. Discharge was about 800cfs. This would prolly be too shallow below 600cfs.

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WESTFIELD RIVER AT KNIGHTVILLE, MA
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296 cfs 00h58m
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Deerfield River (MA) Flow Studies to Explore New & Improved Boating Opportunity

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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.

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AW Responds To Connecticut River Boating Study (MA)

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

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