North Branch of the Westfield River Cummington to Huntington

Cummington, Massachusetts

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This trip on the North Branch is probably one of the most pleasant to be experienced. Moderate rapids, delightful scenery, and an isolated stretch of river all greet the paddler on a crisp spring morning. And, if your friends show up on time, you have the start of a good day. This trip is ideally suited for open boats, since the water is seldom overwhelmingly high. The rapids are mostly straightforward, yet it takes a fair amount of finesse to negotiate them with grace. Once Route 9 leaves the river, the boater enters a section that is isolated from all roads, and this part contains the main rapids. If the water is low, the run will be highly annoying, as you’ll be scraping over one rock after another. The second section of the North Branch shows both white- and flatwater. The rapids are mostly straightforward, and none should require any scouting. However, as the trip progresses and nears the Knightville Dam, the current slows to a stop, so the boater must provide some locomotion.
Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide

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Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide

by Bruce Lessels (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

This trip on the North Branch is probably one of the most pleasant to be experienced. Moderate rapids, delightful scenery, and an isolated stretch of river all greet the paddler on a crisp spring morning. And, if your friends show up on time, you have the start of a good day. This trip is ideally suited for open boats, since the water is seldom overwhelmingly high. The rapids are mostly straightforward, yet it takes a fair amount of finesse to negotiate them with grace.

Once Route 9 leaves the river, the boater enters a section that is isolated from all roads, and this part contains the main rapids. If the water is low, the run will be highly annoying, as you’ll be scraping over one rock after another. The second section of the North Branch shows both white- and flatwater. The rapids are mostly straightforward, and none should require any scouting. However, as the trip progresses and nears the Knightville Dam, the current slows to a stop, so the boater must provide some locomotion.

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

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Cummington
Distance: 21.6
Class: Class I-III
Local Contacts: Gauge location and water level information is provided in the eTrail if available.
Driving Directions: Directions to North Branch of the Westfield River: Cummington to Huntington

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