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Massachusetts whitewater, Farmington River - West Branch

Berkshire Hampden county, Upper New Boston section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     3 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Berkshire/ Hampden County and the water flowing gracefully down Farmington River - West Branch beats anything. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Massachusetts you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The
    Upper New Boston section of Farmington River - West Branch in Massachusetts is 3 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. This is a somewhat short section so it's not like you're
gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. The starting point is not too far from Pittsfield, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. The campgrounds here at Farmington River - West Branch are pretty good.  
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.

Briefly about the general area:
York Lake is a great site; the friendly folks of East Otis like to hang out nearby. Places like Tolland State Forest are tremendous to stop by; everyone close by loves skiing at Otis Ridge. Lots of fun awaits you along this river. Going for a hike on the County Road Trail is always a good adventure. For the duration of the summertime at Farmington River - West Branch temperatures are regularly in the 80's.

Farmington River - West Branch, Upper New Boston 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 Farmington River - West Branch.
 Whitewater Near Farmington River - West Branch:
Farmington River - West Branch, Berkshire/ Hampden County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Upper New Boston)
Farmington River - West Branch, -blank- County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.25 miles long (Lower New Boston)
Fall River, Berkshire County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 0.9 miles long (Otis Reservoir to Farmington River)
Farmington River - West Branch, Berkshire/ Hampden County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 5 miles long (Upper Upper New Boston)
Sandy Brook River, Litchfield County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 5.6 miles long (Route 183 Bridge to Route 8 Bridge)
Hubbard River, Hampden County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 2.65 miles long (W Hartland Road to Route 20)
Still River, Litchfield County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 0.1 miles long (Above Sandy Brook)
Farmington River, Litchfield County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 2 miles long (Hogback Road to Riverton)
Farmington River - Riverton, Litchfield County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 11 miles long (Riverton to Satan's Kingdom parking area)
Walker Brook, Berkshire/ Hampden County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 3.5 miles long (3.5 miles West of Chester on Route 20 to Chester)
 Ski Areas Near Farmington River - West Branch:
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 5 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Blandford, Massachusetts , 12 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Ski Sundown, Connecticut , 14 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 18 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 10 lifts, 22 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 21 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Mohawk Mountain, Connecticut , 22 miles away, 640 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 27 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
Catamount, Massachusetts , 28 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 7 lifts, 29 runs
Mount Southington, Connecticut , 29 miles away, 425 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Berkshire East, Massachusetts , 29 miles away, 1180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
 Marinas Near Farmington River - West Branch:
J and D Marina, Otis , 4 miles away
T & C Marina, East Otis , 4 miles away
 Hotels Near Farmington River - West Branch:
Manor House, Norfolk , 11 miles away
Rodeway Inn & Suites Torrington, Torrington , 15 miles away
Super 8 Lee/Berkshires/Outlet Area, Lee , 15 miles away
Pilgrim Inn, Lee , 15 miles away
Econo Lodge Lee - Great Barrington, Lee , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Farmington River - West Branch:
Cold Spring Campground, Berkshire County, 2 miles away
Tolland State Forest, East Otis, 3 miles away
J and D Marina, Otis, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Farmington River - West Branch:
County Road Trail, Hampden , 15 miles away
Richard Trail, Hampden , 15 miles away
Link Trail, Hampden , 16 miles away
Wild Cat Trail, Berkshire , 16 miles away
Spring Trail, Hampden , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Farmington River - West Branch:
Fire Island National Seashore, Patchogue - NY , 69 miles away
Tolland State Forest, Massachusetts , 2 miles away
York Lake, Massachusetts , 8 miles away
Chester-Blandford State Forest, Massachusetts , 11 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Farmington River - West Branch:
Brae Burn Country Club, Newton Lower Falls , 13 miles away
Greenock Country Club, Lee , 15 miles away
Quarry Veiw Golf Course, Canaan , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Farmington River - West Branch
Lemanquais Pond, Litchfield , 4 miles away
Lake Triangle, Litchfield , 5 miles away
West Hill Pond, Litchfield , 12 miles away

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