Westfield, N. Branch - 3) Chesterfield Gorge to Knightsville Dam

Westfield, N. Branch, Massachusetts, US


3) Chesterfield Gorge to Knightsville Dam

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 9.2 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01179500 800 - 3000 cfs I-III 00h42m 1470 cfs (running)

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-07-30 16:56:59

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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October 17 2011 (2592 days ago)
byellen (153616)
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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