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Massachusetts whitewater, Westfield River

Hampden county, Huntington to Russell section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     4 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. The nature scenery of Massachusetts and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The Huntington to Russell stretch of Westfield River is 4 miles long and is a class I-II section
    of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This stretch is mid length, good for a one day
paddling trip. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. If you're coming from Springfield it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Huntington to Russell section is just one of many. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places  
for that. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
A spree to Gardner State Park revitalizes the spirit; Westfield River is a place with many visitors from Russell. You simply must stop at Turtle Bend while you're here at Westfield River; Babbs Beach is relatively nearby if you're in a beach type of mood. This river is always fun. On a good day at Westfield River you can take a hike along the Richard Trail, and you'll never forgive yourself if you donít go skiing at Blandford if you're here.

Westfield River, Huntington to Russell 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 Westfield River.
 Whitewater Near Westfield River:
Westfield River, Hampden County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Huntington to Russell)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/ Hampden County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.2 miles long (Knightsville Dam to Huntington)
Little River, Hampden County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (Dam below Cobble Mountain Reservoir to Northwest Road)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/Hampden County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.2 miles long (Chesterfield Gorge to Knightsville Dam)
Westfield River - West Branch, Berkshire / Hampshire County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Chester to Huntington)
Walker Brook, Berkshire/ Hampden County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 3.5 miles long (3.5 miles West of Chester on Route 20 to Chester)
Hubbard River, Hampden County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 2.65 miles long (W Hartland Road to Route 20)
Westfield River - Middle Branch, Hampshire / Hampden County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (River Road to Littleville Dam)
Swift River, Benzie County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (Along Route 9 to North Branch Westfield River)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire / Hampden County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 7.2 miles long (Cummington to Chesterfield Gorge)
 Ski Areas Near Westfield River:
Blandford, Massachusetts , 3 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 16 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Ski Sundown, Connecticut , 18 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Berkshire East, Massachusetts , 21 miles away, 1180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 30 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 31 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 10 lifts, 22 runs
Mount Southington, Connecticut , 32 miles away, 425 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 34 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
Haystack, Vermont , 36 miles away, 1160 foot drop, 23 lifts, 145 runs
Mohawk Mountain, Connecticut , 37 miles away, 640 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
 Marinas Near Westfield River:
J and D Marina, Otis , 12 miles away
T & C Marina, East Otis , 12 miles away
Four Mile River Marina, West Springfield , 17 miles away
 Beaches Near Westfield River:
Babbs Beach, Hartford , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Westfield River:
Quality Inn Westfield - Springfield, Westfield , 10 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WESTFIELD, Westfield , 10 miles away
Homewood Suites By Hilton Holyoke-Springfield-North, Holyoke , 15 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Springfield Holyoke, Holyoke , 16 miles away
Autumn Inn, Northampton , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Westfield River:
Laurel Ridge Camping Area, Westfield, 6 miles away
Wilderness Experience Unlimtd, Westfield, 7 miles away
Indian Hollow Group, Chesterfield, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Westfield River:
Richard Trail, Hampden , 3 miles away
Link Trail, Hampden , 4 miles away
County Road Trail, Hampden , 4 miles away
Spring Trail, Hampden , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Westfield River:
Gardner State Park, Massachusetts , 4 miles away
Chester-Blandford State Forest, Massachusetts , 6 miles away
Hampton Ponds State Park, Massachusetts , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Westfield River:
Southwick Country Club, Southwick , 9 miles away
Shaker Farms Country Club, Westfield , 10 miles away
Edgewood Golf Course, Southwick , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Westfield River
Springfield Water Works Intake Reservoir, Hampden , 5 miles away
Congamond Lakes, Hampden , 12 miles away
Nashawannuck Pond, Hampshire , 14 miles away

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