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Massachusetts whitewater, Westfield River - North Branch

Hampshire Hampden county, Chesterfield Gorge to Knightsville Dam section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     9.2 miles
  If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so better not forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. If you're coming from Springfield it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Chesterfield Gorge to Knightsville Dam stretch
    is just one of them. This stretch is mid length, good for a one day paddling trip. 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. There's camping
available near Westfield River - North Branch. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. The Chesterfield Gorge to Knightsville Dam section of Westfield River - North Branch in Massachusetts is 9.2 miles long and has been rated as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. The nature scenery of Hampshire/Hampden County and the cool fresh water  
will make you feel great. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Blandford is a very popular ski area in close proximity, and you definitely ought to have a look at Gardner State Park if you're here. You'll meet a lot of folks from Worthington here, and Westfield River - North Branch is in the neighborhood of Chester-Blandford State Forest which is a striking place. This is a great river. Westfield River - North Branch is right by the Richard Trail, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Spring Trail.

Westfield River - North Branch, Chesterfield Gorge to Knightsville 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 - North Branch.
 Whitewater Near Westfield River - North Branch:
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, 3 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, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 7.2 miles long (Cummington to Chesterfield Gorge)
Swift River, Benzie County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (Along Route 9 to North Branch Westfield River)
Westfield River - Middle Branch, Hampshire / Hampden County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (River Road to Littleville Dam)
Westfield River - West Branch, Berkshire / Hampshire County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Chester to Huntington)
Walker Brook, Berkshire/ Hampden County, 9 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, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.2 miles long (West Cummington to Cummington)
Little River, Hampden County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (Dam below Cobble Mountain Reservoir to Northwest Road)
 Ski Areas Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Blandford, Massachusetts , 8 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Berkshire East, Massachusetts , 14 miles away, 1180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 17 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Ski Sundown, Connecticut , 24 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 28 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Haystack, Vermont , 30 miles away, 1160 foot drop, 23 lifts, 145 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 31 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 32 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 10 lifts, 22 runs
Mount Snow, Vermont , 32 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 20 lifts, 80 runs
Living Memorial Park, Vermont , 32 miles away, 204 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
 Marinas Near Westfield River - North Branch:
T & C Marina, East Otis , 14 miles away
J and D Marina, Otis , 14 miles away
 Beaches Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Babbs Beach, Hartford , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Quality Inn Westfield - Springfield, Westfield , 14 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WESTFIELD, Westfield , 14 miles away
Autumn Inn, Northampton , 16 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Springfield Northampton/Amherst, Northampton , 17 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Northampton- Amherst, Northampton , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Indian Hollow Group, Chesterfield, 2 miles away
Berkshire Park Camping Area, Worthington, 4 miles away
Beartown State Forest, Monterey, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Spring Trail, Hampden , 3 miles away
Richard Trail, Hampden , 10 miles away
Link Trail, Hampden , 10 miles away
County Road Trail, Hampden , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Gardner State Park, Massachusetts , 3 miles away
Chester-Blandford State Forest, Massachusetts , 7 miles away
Hampton Ponds State Park, Massachusetts , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Edge Hill Golf Course, Shelburne Falls , 12 miles away
Beaver Brook Golf Club, Haydenville , 12 miles away
Pine Grove Golf Club, Florence , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Westfield River - North Branch
Springfield Water Works Intake Reservoir, Hampden , 12 miles away
Nashawannuck Pond, Hampshire , 15 miles away
Ashmere Lake, Berkshire , 15 miles away

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