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Massachusetts whitewater, Westfield River - West Branch

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

 

CLASS II-III     7.5 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Pittsfield, as you can see on the road map further down. This section of Westfield River - West Branch in Massachusetts is 7.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III section. The scenic beauty of Massachusetts and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip.
    Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Massachusetts is often easier than elsewhere, so don't forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to
one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
If the weather is splendid here at Westfield River - West
 
Branch, you can go for a hike along the Spring Trail, and the snow is nice at Blandford. The Richard Trail is a tremendous hiking trail near Westfield River - West Branch, and Gardner State Park is a glorious place to go. This river has it all. The trees of Chester-Blanford State Forest are a good source of shade on hot summer days, and there are plenty of people from Chester here. A trip to Chester-Blandford State Forest invigorates the spirit. A great deal of rainfall falls at Westfield River - West Branch. The month with most of the rain is August while January is the month with the least amount of precipitation.

Westfield River - West Branch, Chester to Huntington road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Westfield River - West Branch.
 Whitewater Near Westfield River - West Branch:
Westfield River - West Branch, Berkshire / Hampshire County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Chester to Huntington)
Westfield River, Hampden County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Huntington to Russell)
Walker Brook, Berkshire/ Hampden County, 4 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 - Middle Branch, Hampshire / Hampden County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (River Road to Littleville Dam)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/Hampden County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.2 miles long (Chesterfield Gorge to Knightsville Dam)
Little River, Hampden County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (Dam below Cobble Mountain Reservoir to Northwest Road)
Hubbard River, Hampden County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 2.65 miles long (W Hartland Road to Route 20)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire / Hampden County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 7.2 miles long (Cummington to Chesterfield Gorge)
Fall River, Berkshire County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 0.9 miles long (Otis Reservoir to Farmington River)
 Ski Areas Near Westfield River - West Branch:
Blandford, Massachusetts , 4 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 12 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Berkshire East, Massachusetts , 19 miles away, 1180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Ski Sundown, Connecticut , 20 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 25 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 27 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 10 lifts, 22 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 29 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
Haystack, Vermont , 34 miles away, 1160 foot drop, 23 lifts, 145 runs
Mohawk Mountain, Connecticut , 34 miles away, 640 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
Mount Southington, Connecticut , 35 miles away, 425 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
 Marinas Near Westfield River - West Branch:
T & C Marina, East Otis , 9 miles away
J and D Marina, Otis , 9 miles away
 Beaches Near Westfield River - West Branch:
Babbs Beach, Hartford , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Westfield River - West Branch:
Quality Inn Westfield - Springfield, Westfield , 15 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WESTFIELD, Westfield , 15 miles away
Autumn Inn, Northampton , 20 miles away
Homewood Suites By Hilton Holyoke-Springfield-North, Holyoke , 20 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Springfield Northampton/Amherst, Northampton , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Westfield River - West Branch:
Beartown State Forest, Monterey, 3 miles away
Bonny Rigg Camping Club, Chester, 4 miles away
Walker Island Camping, Chester, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Westfield River - West Branch:
Spring Trail, Hampden , 7 miles away
Richard Trail, Hampden , 8 miles away
Link Trail, Hampden , 9 miles away
County Road Trail, Hampden , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Westfield River - West Branch:
Chester-Blandford State Forest, Massachusetts , 2 miles away
Gardner State Park, Massachusetts , 6 miles away
Tolland State Forest, Massachusetts , 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Westfield River - West Branch:
Brae Burn Country Club, Newton Lower Falls , 14 miles away
Southwick Country Club, Southwick , 15 miles away
Bass Ridge Country Club, Hinsdale , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Westfield River - West Branch
Springfield Water Works Intake Reservoir, Hampden , 9 miles away
Ashmere Lake, Berkshire , 14 miles away
Lemanquais Pond, Litchfield , 15 miles away

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