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Massachusetts whitewater, Pelham Brook

Franklin county, Rowe Center to Deerfield River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     3.25 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Massachusetts you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so don't forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. The wonderful Massachusetts scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near. This is a short paddling stretch so
    better bring some good walking shoes. This section of Pelham Brook in Franklin County is 3.25 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class V section. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking
this area has a large number of paddling rivers. If you're coming from Bennington it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The campgrounds here at Pelham Brook are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
Berkshire East is a great local ski area,
and going to Mohawk Trail State Forest is a good thing to do. Take a hike on the Busby Trail, and the fine folks of Rowe like to hang out nearby. At this river you will never have a bad time. A visit to Monroe State Forest when you're here at Pelham Brook is never a bad idea, and Pelham Brook is right by the Dunbar Brook Trail. For the duration of the summer months highs here at Pelham Brook reach the 70's while nighttime lows are commonly in the 50's. The cold days of the winter come with highs in the 20's, and overnight lows in the 10's for Pelham Brook. Pelham Brook is a good location of typical rain.

Pelham Brook, Rowe Center 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 Pelham Brook.
 Whitewater Near Pelham Brook:
Pelham Brook, Franklin County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 3.25 miles long (Rowe Center to Deerfield River)
Deerfield River, Franklin County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Monroe Bridge to Bear Swamp)
Whitewater Outfitter - Crab Apple Whitewater, Franklin County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Zoar Outdoor, Franklin County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Deerfield River, Franklin County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.5 miles long (Bear Swamp to Route 2)
Cold River, Franklin County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.25 miles long (Route 2 hairpin turn to Deerfield River)
Chickley River, Franklin County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Route 8A to Deerfield River)
Dunbar Brook, Franklin / Berkshire County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 2.7 miles long (South Road to Deerfield River)
Deerfield River - West Branch, Bennington County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 3.5 miles long (Heartwellville to Readsboro Village)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/Hampden County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.2 miles long (West Cummington to Cummington)
 Ski Areas Near Pelham Brook:
Berkshire East, Massachusetts , 4 miles away, 1180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Haystack, Vermont , 13 miles away, 1160 foot drop, 23 lifts, 145 runs
Mount Snow, Vermont , 15 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 20 lifts, 80 runs
Stratton, Vermont , 22 miles away, 2003 foot drop, 16 lifts, 90 runs
Blandford, Massachusetts , 25 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Living Memorial Park, Vermont , 25 miles away, 204 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 26 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
Snow Valley, Vermont , 27 miles away, 700 foot drop, 1 lifts, 7 runs
Bromley Mountain, Vermont , 27 miles away, 1334 foot drop, 10 lifts, 45 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 27 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
 Hotels Near Pelham Brook:
Holiday Inn BERKSHIRES, North Adams , 13 miles away
The Porches Inn At MASS MoCA, North Adams , 14 miles away
Laylas Riverside Lodge, West Dover , 14 miles away
Deerhill Inn, West Dover , 14 miles away
Inn At Mount Snow, West Dover , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pelham Brook:
Mohawk Trail State Forest, Rowe, 2 miles away
Country Aire Campgrounds, Charlemont, 4 miles away
Shady Pines Campground, Savoy, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Pelham Brook:
Dunbar Brook Trail, Franklin , 5 miles away
Busby Trail, Berkshire , 10 miles away
Deerfield Ridge Trail, Windham , 12 miles away
Ghost Trail, Windham , 12 miles away
Kelly Camp Trail, Bennington , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pelham Brook:
Mohawk Trail State Forest, Massachusetts , 3 miles away
Monroe State Forest, Massachusetts , 5 miles away
Savoy Mountain State Forest, Massachusetts , 8 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pelham Brook:
Blackstone Golf Course, Defuniak Springs , 9 miles away
Stamford Valley Golf Course, Stamford , 11 miles away
Edge Hill Golf Course, Shelburne Falls , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Pelham Brook
Lake Sadawga, Windham , 6 miles away
Searsburg Reservoir, Bennington , 12 miles away
Ashmere Lake, Berkshire , 17 miles away

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