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Massachusetts whitewater, Swift River

Benzie county, Along Route 9 to North Branch Westfield River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     1 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Springfield, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. There are a few other stretches in
    this river system that can be paddled as well. This is an extremely short section so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter,
around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. The Along Route 9 to North Branch Westfield River stretch of Swift River in Massachusetts is 1 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV-V section. The beautiful scenery of Massachusetts and the water flowing gracefully down Swift River attract people from near and far. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but  
if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Swift River is near Gardner State Park which is a beautiful spot, and you can have a great hiking adventure along the Spring Trail. What would winter be without some skiing at Berkshire East, and Mohawk Trail State Forest is a wonderful place to stretch your legs a bit. This is a really good river. At Swift River you always meet someone from Goshen. Swift River ordinarily gets much rainfall. November is when you get the most rain here while February is the month with the least amount of precipitation.

Swift River, Along Route 9 to North Branch Westfield River 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 Swift River.
 Whitewater Near Swift River:
Swift River, Benzie County, 0 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (Along Route 9 to North Branch Westfield River)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire / Hampden County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 7.2 miles long (Cummington to Chesterfield Gorge)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/Hampden County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.2 miles long (Chesterfield Gorge to Knightsville Dam)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/Hampden County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.2 miles long (West Cummington to Cummington)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/ Hampden County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.2 miles long (Knightsville Dam to Huntington)
Westfield River - Middle Branch, Hampshire / Hampden County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (River Road to Littleville Dam)
Chickley River, Franklin County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Route 8A to Deerfield River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Zoar Outdoor, Franklin County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Westfield River, Hampden County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Huntington to Russell)
Deerfield River, Franklin County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Wilcox Hollow to Stillwater Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Swift River:
Berkshire East, Massachusetts , 9 miles away, 1180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Blandford, Massachusetts , 14 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 21 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Haystack, Vermont , 24 miles away, 1160 foot drop, 23 lifts, 145 runs
Mount Snow, Vermont , 27 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 20 lifts, 80 runs
Living Memorial Park, Vermont , 27 miles away, 204 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 29 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Ski Sundown, Connecticut , 30 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 31 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
Stratton, Vermont , 34 miles away, 2003 foot drop, 16 lifts, 90 runs
 Marinas Near Swift River:
T & C Marina, East Otis , 19 miles away
J and D Marina, Otis , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Swift River:
Greenfield Beach, Franklin , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Swift River:
Autumn Inn, Northampton , 16 miles away
Red Roof Inn South Deerfield, South Deerfield , 17 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Springfield Northampton/Amherst, Northampton , 17 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Northampton- Amherst, Northampton , 17 miles away
Days Inn Greenfield, Greenfield , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Swift River:
D A R State Forest, Goshen, 4 miles away
Berkshire Park Camping Area, Worthington, 4 miles away
Peppermint Park Camping Resort, Plainfield, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Swift River:
Spring Trail, Hampden , 7 miles away
Richard Trail, Hampden , 15 miles away
Link Trail, Hampden , 16 miles away
Dunbar Brook Trail, Franklin , 16 miles away
County Road Trail, Hampden , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Swift River:
Gardner State Park, Massachusetts , 8 miles away
Mohawk Trail State Forest, Massachusetts , 12 miles away
Chester-Blandford State Forest, Massachusetts , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Swift River:
Edge Hill Golf Course, Shelburne Falls , 7 miles away
Beaver Brook Golf Club, Haydenville , 12 miles away
Pine Grove Golf Club, Florence , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Swift River
Ashmere Lake, Berkshire , 16 miles away
Nashawannuck Pond, Hampshire , 16 miles away
Springfield Water Works Intake Reservoir, Hampden , 17 miles away

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