====== Deerfield Fest August 5, 2023, Charlemont, Mass ======

Join American Whitewater at Deerfield Festival Weekend on the August 4 - August 7th weekend th at Berkshire East in Charlemont, MA to Celebrate Our Wild Rivers. Enjoy a weekend of paddling on the Deerfield River and then join us at Deerfield Fest for live music, paddlesports vendors, and a silent auction to benefit American Whitewater's river conservation and recreation access work throughout the northeast. www.americanwhitewater.org/deerfieldfest

The Deerfield Festival Weekend will include these exciting events:

Deerfield Fest, Saturday, August 6, Berkshire East Mountain For more than 25 years, American Whitewater has hosted the Deerfield Fest to celebrate the successful dam relicensing process that provides 32 annual whitewater releases on the Dryway and 106 annual whitewater releases on Fife Brook. The main festival activities take place on Saturday evening from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Berkshire East and provide entertainment for both paddlesport and non-paddlesport enthusiasts young and old. The Deerfield River Festival is a critical fundraiser for American Whitewater, and is one of our premiere events. All proceeds from the festival support American Whitewater’s conservation and access work throughout the Northeast including the dam relicensings on the Deerfield and nearby Connecticut River.Deerfield Fest will feature music by AfterGlo.

AW Community Reception, Friday, August 4 Join American Whitewater's Board for a Community Reception on the evening of Friday, August 4th. This is a great opportunity for folks to meet American Whitewater Board and Staff members and share your ideas about how we can work together to protect our rivers.

Zoar Outdoor Demos & Clinics, Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6

Stop by the Zoar Outdoor outfitters shop while you're in town for great sales on paddling equipment. You can also demo a variety of kayaks and apply the rental fee towards a kayak purchase. Additionally, if you purchase a kayak you will receive a $50 merchandise credit for any accessories to go with your new boat! Looking to learn paddling skills? Reserve your clinic spot with their renown paddling school!

Other activities during the Festival Weekend will include races and other fun on-water activities hosted by our community partners


The Deerfield Fest location will be held at Berkshire East this year to highlight the breadth of outdoor recreation in the Charlemont area including mountain biking, ziplining, and skiing. Food and beverage will be provided by Berkshire East at Crazy Horse. We will have music by Lake Side Drive, paddlesports vendors, and a silent auction to benefit AW.


American Whitewater needs your help! Volunteers are a key part of the success of Deerfield Fest. This is one of the easiest ways to help American Whitewater's river stewardship work, by helping us put on this critical fundraiser. Volunteers should contact Brad Walker at bwalkerak@gmail.com to schedule a time to help out.

The River

The Dryway (Monroe Bridge)

tooth.jpgThe Monroe Bridge Section (aka the”Dryway”) offers exciting class III-IV boating for intermediates and experts. The crux of the run is Dragon's Tooth Rapid (Class IV). For more information on The Dryway (Monroe Bridge) Section, including gauges, maps, shuttle, and pictures, check out the AW River page.

Fife Brook

gap.jpgThe Fife Brook Section offers solid class II boating with one class III rapid at the end (that can easily be portage if so desired). This stretch is ideal for beginners and budding intermediates. For more information on the Fife Brook Section, including gauges, maps, shuttle, and pictures, check out the AW River page.


There are a variety of camping options in the area including sites at Berkshire East, Zoar Outdoor, Foolhardy Hill, Country Aire, Mohawk State Park, and elsewhere. Sign up early to reserve a spot.

Raffles and Silent Auction

American Whitewater's raffles and silent auction are a highlight of many attending the Deerfield River Festival. Each year festival attendees get great deals on boats, paddles, gear, camping gear, and much more.

Rain Date: There is no rain date for Deerfield Fest. Although the festival is held entirely outside, we put on the festival rain or shine. The majority of folks that attend are outdoors minded and are undeterred by a little rain.

Join AW and support river stewardship nationwide!