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Massachusetts whitewater, Westfield River - Middle Branch

Hampshire Hampden county, River Road to Littleville Dam section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     7 miles
  This stretch of Westfield River - Middle Branch in Massachusetts is 7 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. The put-in location is a short drive from Pittsfield, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Massachusetts are easier than the national norm, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding.
    There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking
in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. This is a pretty decent length section, it's good length for a morning trip. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The River Road to Littleville Dam stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
Skiing at Blandford
 
is one of those things you just must do. Chester-Blandford State Forest is worth taking a look at if you're at Westfield River - Middle Branch, and while you're here you will meet lots of folks from nearby Chester. A river like this is too good to miss. A tour to Westfield River - Middle Branch wouldnít be complete without a visit to close by Gardner State Park; going for a hike on the Richard Trail is always a fine adventure. Near Westfield River - Middle Branch you hit upon the Spring Trail which is a good hiking trail. Westfield River - Middle Branch is a relatively wet place frequently with a great deal of rainfall.

Westfield River - Middle Branch, River Road to Littleville Dam 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 - Middle Branch.
 Whitewater Near Westfield River - Middle Branch:
Westfield River - Middle Branch, Hampshire / Hampden County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (River Road to Littleville Dam)
Westfield River - West Branch, Berkshire / Hampshire County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Chester to Huntington)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/Hampden County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.2 miles long (Chesterfield Gorge to Knightsville Dam)
Walker Brook, Berkshire/ Hampden County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 3.5 miles long (3.5 miles West of Chester on Route 20 to Chester)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/ Hampden County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.2 miles long (Knightsville Dam to Huntington)
Westfield River, Hampden County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Huntington to Russell)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire / Hampden County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 7.2 miles long (Cummington to Chesterfield Gorge)
Swift River, Benzie County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (Along Route 9 to North Branch Westfield River)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/Hampden County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.2 miles long (West Cummington to Cummington)
Westfield River - West Branch, Berkshire Hampshire County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.5 miles long (Becket to Chester)
 Ski Areas Near Westfield River - Middle Branch:
Blandford, Massachusetts , 7 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 13 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Berkshire East, Massachusetts , 16 miles away, 1180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Ski Sundown, Connecticut , 22 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 24 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 27 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 28 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 10 lifts, 22 runs
Haystack, Vermont , 31 miles away, 1160 foot drop, 23 lifts, 145 runs
Mount Snow, Vermont , 33 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 20 lifts, 80 runs
Living Memorial Park, Vermont , 36 miles away, 204 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
 Marinas Near Westfield River - Middle Branch:
T & C Marina, East Otis , 11 miles away
J and D Marina, Otis , 11 miles away
 Beaches Near Westfield River - Middle Branch:
Babbs Beach, Hartford , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Westfield River - Middle Branch:
Quality Inn Westfield - Springfield, Westfield , 17 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WESTFIELD, Westfield , 17 miles away
Autumn Inn, Northampton , 20 miles away
Econo Lodge Pittsfield, Pittsfield , 20 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Springfield Northampton/Amherst, Northampton , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Westfield River - Middle Branch:
Beartown State Forest, Monterey, 4 miles away
Bonny Rigg Camping Club, Chester, 4 miles away
Walker Island Camping, Chester, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Westfield River - Middle Branch:
Spring Trail, Hampden , 6 miles away
Richard Trail, Hampden , 11 miles away
Link Trail, Hampden , 11 miles away
County Road Trail, Hampden , 11 miles away
Busby Trail, Berkshire , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Westfield River - Middle Branch:
Chester-Blandford State Forest, Massachusetts , 4 miles away
Gardner State Park, Massachusetts , 6 miles away
Tolland State Forest, Massachusetts , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Westfield River - Middle Branch:
Brae Burn Country Club, Newton Lower Falls , 13 miles away
Bass Ridge Country Club, Hinsdale , 14 miles away
Edge Hill Golf Course, Shelburne Falls , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Westfield River - Middle Branch
Springfield Water Works Intake Reservoir, Hampden , 12 miles away
Ashmere Lake, Berkshire , 12 miles away
Lemanquais Pond, Litchfield , 18 miles away

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