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Massachusetts whitewater, Little River

Hampden county, Dam below Cobble Mountain Reservoir to Northwest Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     3.2 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Massachusetts tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. The natural beauty of Hampden County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. This stretch of Little River is 3.2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV section. The Dam below
    Cobble Mountain Reservoir to Northwest Road section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. If you're coming from Springfield it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further
down the page with more info on that. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This stretch is short so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. There are campgrounds  
quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
The County Road Trail is a great hiking trail near Little River, and a day at scenic Babbs Beach close to Little River is a great thing to do. There is a perfect hiking trail in the vicinity of Little River called the Link Trail, and naturally, A spree to The Gorge is always fun. This is such a wonderful river. People from Russell love to come to Little River, and Gardner State Park is a glorious place to stretch your legs a bit. Blandford is a very popular ski area close by, and Chester-Blandford State Forest is a delightful location any time of year.

Little River, Dam below Cobble Mountain Reservoir to Northwest Road 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 Little River.
 Whitewater Near Little River:
Little River, Hampden County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (Dam below Cobble Mountain Reservoir to Northwest Road)
Westfield River, Hampden County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Huntington to Russell)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/ Hampden County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.2 miles long (Knightsville Dam to Huntington)
Hubbard River, Hampden County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 2.65 miles long (W Hartland Road to Route 20)
Walker Brook, Berkshire/ Hampden County, 13 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, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Chester to Huntington)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/Hampden County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.2 miles long (Chesterfield Gorge to Knightsville Dam)
Farmington River, Litchfield County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 2 miles long (Hogback Road to Riverton)
Farmington River, Hartford County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 1.5 miles long (Route 18 to Highway 187)
Westfield River - Middle Branch, Hampshire / Hampden County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (River Road to Littleville Dam)
 Ski Areas Near Little River:
Blandford, Massachusetts , 6 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Ski Sundown, Connecticut , 14 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 18 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Berkshire East, Massachusetts , 26 miles away, 1180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Mount Southington, Connecticut , 28 miles away, 425 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Powder Ridge, Connecticut , 33 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 33 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 10 lifts, 22 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 34 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Mohawk Mountain, Connecticut , 36 miles away, 640 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 38 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
 Marinas Near Little River:
J and D Marina, Otis , 14 miles away
T & C Marina, East Otis , 14 miles away
Four Mile River Marina, West Springfield , 15 miles away
 Beaches Near Little River:
Babbs Beach, Hartford , 8 miles away
 Hotels Near Little River:
Quality Inn Westfield - Springfield, Westfield , 7 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WESTFIELD, Westfield , 7 miles away
Green Acres B And B, Simsbury , 13 miles away
Simsbury 1820 House, Simsbury , 13 miles away
Homewood Suites By Hilton Holyoke-Springfield-North, Holyoke , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little River:
Wilderness Experience Unlimtd, Westfield, 2 miles away
Prospect Mountain Campground, Granville, 4 miles away
Sodom Mountain Campground, Southwick, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Little River:
County Road Trail, Hampden , 1 miles away
Link Trail, Hampden , 1 miles away
Richard Trail, Hampden , 1 miles away
Spring Trail, Hampden , 9 miles away
Metacomet Trail, Hartford , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little River:
Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor, Putnam - CT , 68 miles away
Fire Island National Seashore, Patchogue - NY , 69 miles away
Gardner State Park, Massachusetts , 9 miles away
Chester-Blandford State Forest, Massachusetts , 10 miles away
Hampton Ponds State Park, Massachusetts , 11 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little River:
Southwick Country Club, Southwick , 6 miles away
Edgewood Golf Course, Southwick , 7 miles away
Shaker Farms Country Club, Westfield , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Little River
Springfield Water Works Intake Reservoir, Hampden , 1 miles away
Congamond Lakes, Hampden , 8 miles away
Tuller Reservoir, Hartford , 12 miles away

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