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Massachusetts whitewater, Chickley River

Franklin county, Route 8A to Deerfield River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     6 miles
  This stretch of Chickley River is 6 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-III section of whitewater. The scenic beauty of Massachusetts and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding.
    Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. 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. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. On this section you do get some distance, suitable for an afternoon trip. The put-in is not too far from Bennington, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that.

Briefly about the general
The great people of Charlemont like to hang out nearby, and you can go for a hike on the Dunbar Brook Trail. A tour to Chickley River wouldn’t be complete without a trip to nearby Mohawk Trail State Forest. Really delightful skiing awaits you at Berkshire East, and a journey to Monroe State Forest is a delightful idea. Put some time aside to spend at Moody Spring since you're here at Chickley River. Don't leave Chickley River without first going for a hike along the Busby Trail. An average amount of rainfall falls at Chickley River. The month with most of the rain is August, and the driest month is February.

Chickley River, Route 8A to Deerfield River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Chickley River.
 Whitewater Near Chickley River:
Chickley River, Franklin County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Route 8A to Deerfield River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Zoar Outdoor, Franklin County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Crab Apple Whitewater, Franklin County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Cold River, Franklin County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.25 miles long (Route 2 hairpin turn to Deerfield River)
Pelham Brook, Franklin County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 3.25 miles long (Rowe Center to Deerfield River)
Deerfield River, Franklin County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.5 miles long (Bear Swamp to Route 2)
Deerfield River, Franklin County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Monroe Bridge to Bear Swamp)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/Hampden County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.2 miles long (West Cummington to Cummington)
Dunbar Brook, Franklin / Berkshire County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 2.7 miles long (South Road to Deerfield River)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire / Hampden County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 7.2 miles long (Cummington to Chesterfield Gorge)
 Ski Areas Near Chickley River:
Berkshire East, Massachusetts , 3 miles away, 1180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Haystack, Vermont , 16 miles away, 1160 foot drop, 23 lifts, 145 runs
Mount Snow, Vermont , 18 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 20 lifts, 80 runs
Blandford, Massachusetts , 21 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 24 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Stratton, Vermont , 26 miles away, 2003 foot drop, 16 lifts, 90 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 26 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
Living Memorial Park, Vermont , 26 miles away, 204 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 26 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Snow Valley, Vermont , 30 miles away, 700 foot drop, 1 lifts, 7 runs
 Hotels Near Chickley River:
Holiday Inn BERKSHIRES, North Adams , 14 miles away
The Porches Inn At MASS MoCA, North Adams , 14 miles away
Deerhill Inn, West Dover , 17 miles away
Laylas Riverside Lodge, West Dover , 17 miles away
Inn At Mount Snow, West Dover , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Chickley River:
Mohawk Trail State Forest, Rowe, 2 miles away
Country Aire Campgrounds, Charlemont, 3 miles away
Peppermint Park Camping Resort, Plainfield, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Chickley River:
Dunbar Brook Trail, Franklin , 7 miles away
Busby Trail, Berkshire , 10 miles away
Ghost Trail, Windham , 14 miles away
Kelly Camp Trail, Bennington , 14 miles away
Mount Olga Trail, Windham , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Chickley River:
Mohawk Trail State Forest, Massachusetts , 3 miles away
Monroe State Forest, Massachusetts , 7 miles away
Savoy Mountain State Forest, Massachusetts , 8 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Chickley River:
Blackstone Golf Course, Defuniak Springs , 10 miles away
Edge Hill Golf Course, Shelburne Falls , 10 miles away
Stamford Valley Golf Course, Stamford , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Chickley River
Lake Sadawga, Windham , 9 miles away
Ashmere Lake, Berkshire , 14 miles away
Searsburg Reservoir, Bennington , 15 miles away

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