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Massachusetts whitewater, Westfield River - West Branch

Berkshire Hampshire county, Becket to Chester section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     9.5 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Massachusetts are often easier than in other states, so keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. The Becket to Chester section of Westfield River - West Branch is 9.5 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Massachusetts and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are
    reasons enough to come here and paddle. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. No
matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The Becket to Chester section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Pittsfield, if you're not familiar with  
the area there's a road map further down the page.

Briefly about the general area:
Tolland State Forest is a fine place; while you're here you can take a hike along the Spring Trail. Places like Chester-Blandford State Forest are magnificent to explore, and why not head up to Otis Ridge and strap some skis to your feet. This is such a great river. The good people of Chester like to hang out close by. Westfield River - West Branch usually gets a lot of precipitation. August is when you get the most rain here, and the driest month of the year is January. During the days of summer, highs commonly are in the 80's at Westfield River - West Branch, and through the night it cools down to the 50's.

Westfield River - West Branch, Becket to Chester 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 - West Branch.
 Whitewater Near Westfield River - West Branch:
Walker Brook, Berkshire/ Hampden County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 3.5 miles long (3.5 miles West of Chester on Route 20 to Chester)
Westfield River - West Branch, Berkshire Hampshire County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.5 miles long (Becket to Chester)
Westfield River - West Branch, Berkshire / Hampshire County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Chester to Huntington)
Westfield River - Middle Branch, Hampshire / Hampden County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (River Road to Littleville Dam)
Farmington River - West Branch, Berkshire/ Hampden County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 5 miles long (Upper Upper New Boston)
Fall River, Berkshire County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 0.9 miles long (Otis Reservoir to Farmington River)
Farmington River - West Branch, Berkshire/ Hampden County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Upper New Boston)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/Hampden County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.2 miles long (West Cummington to Cummington)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/Hampden County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.2 miles long (Chesterfield Gorge to Knightsville Dam)
Westfield River, Hampden County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Huntington to Russell)
 Ski Areas Near Westfield River - West Branch:
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 8 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Blandford, Massachusetts , 10 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 18 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Berkshire East, Massachusetts , 19 miles away, 1180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 21 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 10 lifts, 22 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 22 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
Ski Sundown, Connecticut , 23 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Mohawk Mountain, Connecticut , 31 miles away, 640 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
Catamount, Massachusetts , 32 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 7 lifts, 29 runs
Haystack, Vermont , 32 miles away, 1160 foot drop, 23 lifts, 145 runs
 Marinas Near Westfield River - West Branch:
T & C Marina, East Otis , 7 miles away
J and D Marina, Otis , 7 miles away
 Hotels Near Westfield River - West Branch:
Econo Lodge Pittsfield, Pittsfield , 14 miles away
Super 8 Lee/Berkshires/Outlet Area, Lee , 15 miles away
Pilgrim Inn, Lee , 15 miles away
Chambery Inn, Lee , 15 miles away
Black Swan Inn, An Ascend Collection Hotel, Lee , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Westfield River - West Branch:
Bonny Rigg Camping Club, Chester, 4 miles away
Walker Island Camping, Chester, 4 miles away
Bonny Rigg Camping Club, Becket, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Westfield River - West Branch:
Spring Trail, Hampden , 13 miles away
Richard Trail, Hampden , 15 miles away
County Road Trail, Hampden , 16 miles away
Link Trail, Hampden , 16 miles away
Busby Trail, Berkshire , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Westfield River - West Branch:
Chester-Blandford State Forest, Massachusetts , 7 miles away
Tolland State Forest, Massachusetts , 9 miles away
Wahconah Falls State Park, Massachusetts , 11 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Westfield River - West Branch:
Brae Burn Country Club, Newton Lower Falls , 6 miles away
Bass Ridge Country Club, Hinsdale , 9 miles away
Wahconah Country Club, Dalton , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Westfield River - West Branch
Ashmere Lake, Berkshire , 7 miles away
Ashley Reservoir, Berkshire , 12 miles away
Berkshire Pond, Berkshire , 15 miles away

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