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Massachusetts whitewater, Connecticut River

Hampden county, Holyoke section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

The Holyoke Dam is between the put-in and take-out.† The dam is roughly halfway between the two bridges and it cannot be paddled. Says Dan

If you're coming from Springfield it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. This stretch is short so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. There are a few other sections in
    this river system that can be paddled as well. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Massachusetts are often more forgiving than in other states, so better not forget that rivers in this state are less
demanding. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. No shortage of good hotels, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The scenic beauty of Hampden County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
Chicopee MMemorial State Park is a tremendous place to go to; South Hadley Falls is always fun to check out. Holyoke Heritage State Park is a wonderful spot any time of year, and since you're here you will meet lots of people from close by Holyoke. This is such a fun river. Beaches are good; and Babbs Beach close to Connecticut River is no exception. Summertime brings highs in the 80's to Connecticut River. Through the dark hours of summer temperatures plunge down into the 50's. High temperatures all through the winter are normally in the 30's; overnight lows at Connecticut River through the wintertime commonly fall into the 0's.

Connecticut River, Holyoke 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 Connecticut River.
 Whitewater Near Connecticut River:
Connecticut River, Hampden County, 1 miles away
      Class -blank- - 2 miles long (Holyoke)
Farmington River, Hartford County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 1.5 miles long (Route 18 to Highway 187)
Little River, Hampden County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (Dam below Cobble Mountain Reservoir to Northwest Road)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/ Hampden County, 19 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.2 miles long (Knightsville Dam to Huntington)
Westfield River, Hampden County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Huntington to Russell)
Millers River - Lower, Franklin County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Erving to Millers Falls)
Swift River, Benzie County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (Along Route 9 to North Branch Westfield River)
Deerfield River, Franklin County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Wilcox Hollow to Stillwater Bridge)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/Hampden County, 21 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.2 miles long (Chesterfield Gorge to Knightsville Dam)
Whitewater Outfitter - Crab Apple Whitewater, Franklin County, 22 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Connecticut River:
Blandford, Massachusetts , 22 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Berkshire East, Massachusetts , 28 miles away, 1180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Ski Sundown, Connecticut , 29 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Living Memorial Park, Vermont , 32 miles away, 204 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 34 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Pine Ridge, Massachusetts , 36 miles away, 200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 8 runs
Powder Ridge, Connecticut , 38 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Mount Southington, Connecticut , 39 miles away, 425 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Haystack, Vermont , 42 miles away, 1160 foot drop, 23 lifts, 145 runs
Mount Snow, Vermont , 44 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 20 lifts, 80 runs
 Marinas Near Connecticut River:
Four Mile River Marina, West Springfield , 5 miles away
 Beaches Near Connecticut River:
Babbs Beach, Hartford , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Connecticut River:
Americas Best Value Inn, Holyoke , 1 miles away
Hampton Inn Chicopee-Springfield MA, Chicopee , 3 miles away
Residence Inn Springfield Chicopee, Chicopee , 3 miles away
Quality Inn Chicopee-Springfield, Chicopee , 3 miles away
D Hotel And Suites, Holyoke , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Connecticut River:
Westover ARB, Chicopee, 3 miles away
Windy Acres Campground, Easthampton, 7 miles away
Rainbow Motel, South Deerfield, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Connecticut River:
Link Trail, Hampden , 17 miles away
Spring Trail, Hampden , 17 miles away
Richard Trail, Hampden , 17 miles away
County Road Trail, Hampden , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Connecticut River:
Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor, Putnam - CT , 53 miles away
Holyoke Heritage State Park, Massachusetts , 1 miles away
Chicopee MMemorial State Park, Massachusetts , 4 miles away
Chicopee Memorial State Park, Massachusetts , 4 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Connecticut River:
Olde Salem Green, Salem , 2 miles away
Orchards Golf Course Superintendant, Holyoke , 2 miles away
Chicopee Country Club, Chicopee , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Connecticut River
Whiting Street Reservoir, Hampden , 3 miles away
Nashawannuck Pond, Hampshire , 5 miles away
Pickerel Pong, Hampden , 8 miles away

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