Chickley River Route 8A to Deerfield River

West Hawley, Massachusetts

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The Chickley runs through the rural landscape of Hawley, Massachusetts. Cow pastures, sugarbushes, and old mill sites are common along the river that takes its name from the Reverend John Checkley, an early landowner in the region. This pleasant class II–III creek becomes boatable after heavy rains or during spring snowmelt. The whitewater on the Chickley is as continuous as class II gets, but the narrowness of the river and the moderate gradient keep things manageable for competent class II–III boaters at low to medium water. The primary hazards on this run are downed trees that can block the entire channel, and wire fences strung by local farmers to keep their cows from wandering across the normally ankle-deep current. You can scout much of it from the car, but any time you run the Chickley, be on the alert for both types of strainers. The wire fences are very difficult to see.
Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide

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Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide

by Bruce Lessels (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

The Chickley runs through the rural landscape of Hawley, Massachusetts. Cow pastures, sugarbushes, and old mill sites are common along the river that takes its name from the Reverend John Checkley, an early landowner in the region. This pleasant class II–III creek becomes boatable after heavy rains or during spring snowmelt.

The whitewater on the Chickley is as continuous as class II gets, but the narrowness of the river and the moderate gradient keep things manageable for competent class II–III boaters at low to medium water. The primary hazards on this run are downed trees that can block the entire channel, and wire fences strung by local farmers to keep their cows from wandering across the normally ankle-deep current. You can scout much of it from the car, but any time you run the Chickley, be on the alert for both types of strainers. The wire fences are very difficult to see.

©  Bruce Lessels/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: West Hawley
Distance: 4.4
Class: Class II-III
Local Contacts: Gauge location and water level information is provided in the eTrail if available.
Driving Directions: Directions to Chickley River: Route 8A to Deerfield River

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