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Massachusetts whitewater, Deerfield River

Franklin county, Bear Swamp to Route 2 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     9.5 miles
  This section of Deerfield River in Franklin County is 9.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III section. The wonderful Massachusetts scenery and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. This stretch is mid length, good for a one day paddling trip. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because
    it is a very popular destination. The put-in location is a short drive from Bennington, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Whitewater
rafting and kayaking in Massachusetts is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good spots. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. A good workout and just being out on the river for  
a while have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Rowe love to come to Deerfield River, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Dunbar Brook Trail. A visit to Monroe State Forest revives the spirit, and Berkshire East has nice slopes and a friendly staff. This is a great river. Deerfield River is right by the Busby Trail, and Mohawk Trail State Forest is a great place. Deerfield River is a good spot of normal precipitation. The month of August is the wettest with most of the rain while February is mostly the driest month. Through the summertime months highs here at Deerfield River get into the 70's.

Deerfield River, Bear Swamp to Route 2 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Deerfield River.
 Whitewater Near Deerfield River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Crab Apple Whitewater, Franklin County, 1 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Cold River, Franklin County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.25 miles long (Route 2 hairpin turn to Deerfield River)
Deerfield River, Franklin County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.5 miles long (Bear Swamp to Route 2)
Pelham Brook, Franklin County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 3.25 miles long (Rowe Center to Deerfield River)
Deerfield River, Franklin County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Monroe Bridge to Bear Swamp)
Chickley River, Franklin County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Route 8A to Deerfield River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Zoar Outdoor, Franklin County, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Dunbar Brook, Franklin / Berkshire County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 2.7 miles long (South Road to Deerfield River)
Deerfield River - West Branch, Bennington County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 3.5 miles long (Heartwellville to Readsboro Village)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/Hampden County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.2 miles long (West Cummington to Cummington)
 Ski Areas Near Deerfield River:
Berkshire East, Massachusetts , 5 miles away, 1180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Haystack, Vermont , 14 miles away, 1160 foot drop, 23 lifts, 145 runs
Mount Snow, Vermont , 16 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 20 lifts, 80 runs
Stratton, Vermont , 23 miles away, 2003 foot drop, 16 lifts, 90 runs
Blandford, Massachusetts , 24 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 25 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 26 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 26 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Living Memorial Park, Vermont , 26 miles away, 204 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Snow Valley, Vermont , 27 miles away, 700 foot drop, 1 lifts, 7 runs
 Hotels Near Deerfield River:
Holiday Inn BERKSHIRES, North Adams , 12 miles away
The Porches Inn At MASS MoCA, North Adams , 12 miles away
Snow Goose Inn, West Dover , 15 miles away
Laylas Riverside Lodge, West Dover , 15 miles away
Mount Snow Condominiums, West Dover , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Deerfield River:
Mohawk Trail State Forest, Rowe, 1 miles away
Country Aire Campgrounds, Charlemont, 5 miles away
Shady Pines Campground, Savoy, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Deerfield River:
Dunbar Brook Trail, Franklin , 4 miles away
Busby Trail, Berkshire , 8 miles away
Kelly Camp Trail, Bennington , 11 miles away
Deerfield Ridge Trail, Windham , 13 miles away
Old Stage Trail, Bennington , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Deerfield River:
Mohawk Trail State Forest, Massachusetts , 2 miles away
Monroe State Forest, Massachusetts , 4 miles away
Savoy Mountain State Forest, Massachusetts , 6 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Deerfield River:
Blackstone Golf Course, Defuniak Springs , 7 miles away
Stamford Valley Golf Course, Stamford , 10 miles away
Edge Hill Golf Course, Shelburne Falls , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Deerfield River
Lake Sadawga, Windham , 8 miles away
Searsburg Reservoir, Bennington , 12 miles away
Ashmere Lake, Berkshire , 15 miles away

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