After a two year hiatus American Whitewater's Deerfield Fest is back! The paddling community will come together on the weekend of August 6-7 at Berkshire East in Charlemont, MA for a full weekend of outdoor activities while showcasing whitewater paddlesports. The event will raise funds and membership for American Whitewater.
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.
Zoar Outdoor Demos & Clinics, Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7
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 Dryway Pinball Race on Aug 6th 2022 and the Fife Pinball Race on August 7th 2022
The Deerfield Fest location will be shifted to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to help out.
The 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.
The 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.
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.