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Difficulty I-III
Length 5.2 Miles
Flow Range 500 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 51 minutes ago 30.8 [CFS] ℹ️
Next Release
Reach Info Last Updated 03/15/2008 10:39 am

River Description

This section, according to John Novo, "is a nice class 3 with a little gorge and a nice 4-5 foot drop. It also has a very nice little rock garden section that is about a 1/4 mile long and some nice surfing waves just below the Rte. 112 bridge."

Rapid Descriptions


Release Schedule

We have had releases on this reach but don't show any currently. This information is gathered by the public. If you know about releases then contact us about them. If you would volunteer to enter the releases, then reach out to us.

Gage Descriptions

Knightville dam is just upstream from the put in. Normal spring recreational release from the dam is 1000 cfs.

The flow is augmented with the confluence of the Middle Branch of the Westfield River about half way through this segment. Littleville dam on this branch usually releases an additional 300 cfs.

At 1000-1500 cfs, this gets pretty nice. The minimum corresponds to about 4.5 ft.

2008 Westfield River releases (Knightville & Littleville Dams)




Fri. March 28th Fri. afternoon until water is depleted Full flow ramping down through the weekend

Discharge of winter pool for downstream migration of salmon smolt

Sat. March 29th
Sun. March 30th
Sat. April 19th 6:00am-until water is depleted

1000 cfs Knightville

300 cfs Littleville


55th annual Westfield River Race
Sun. April 20th


Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

No Accident Reports



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Join Us for the (virtual) Deerfield Fest this Friday!

Robert Nasdor

Whitewater boaters from Maine to Pennsylvania gather each June in Charlemont, MA to celebrate whitewater boating and American Whitewater's river advocacy to protect, restore, and enjoy our northeast rivers. While we can't gather in-person this year, we'll be having a virtual Deerfield Fest Membership Event this Friday, June 26th at 7 pm (EST) . We'll be giving away some fun AW merchandise and other prizes for those who JOIN or RENEW their AW Membership and join us on Friday, so REGISTER for the virtual Deerfield River Membership Event today and join us for this fun event in support of AW. (Photo by Alan MacRae)

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Deerfield River (MA) Flow Studies to Explore New & Improved Boating Opportunity

Robert Nasdor

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)

Robert Nasdor

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

Robert Nasdor

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. 


Jim Michaud


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