Best Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing in Massachusetts

This list represents the most popular whitewater kayaking & canoeing in Massachusetts. Use this list to plan your next Massachusetts whitewater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Deerfield River - Fife Brook Section: Fife Brook Dam to Zoar Gap

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    Florida, MA

    From Fife Brook Dam in Florida, Massachusetts, to the Number 4 dam in Buckland, the Deerfield River flows unimpeded for 17.0 miles. The longest stretch without a dam on the main river, this run ...
    •  5 miles
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    From Fife Brook Dam in Florida, Massachusetts, to the Number 4 dam in Buckland, the Deerfield River flows unimpeded for 17.0 ...

  • #2 Millers River

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    South Royalston, MA

    This eTrail includes two sections of Massachusetts' Millers River: South Royalston to Athol and Erving to Millers Falls. The Upper Millers (trip A) run starts in South Royalston, just a mile ...
    •  13.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This eTrail includes two sections of Massachusetts' Millers River: South Royalston to Athol and Erving to Millers Falls. ...

  • #3 Hubbard Brook: Granville State Forest to Barkhamsted Reservoir

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    Tolland, MA

    Hubbard Brook is a small, steep stream that runs through Granville State Forest in Massachusetts just north of the border with Connecticut. It is naturally flowing, so you must catch it immediately ...
    •  2.75 miles
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    Hubbard Brook is a small, steep stream that runs through Granville State Forest in Massachusetts just north of the border ...

  • #4 Farmington River: Otis Bridge (MA) to Tariffville Gorge (CT)

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    Cold Spring, MA

    This eTrail includes two sections of Massachusetts' Farmington River (Otis Bridge to Route 8 and Route 8 to New Boston) and Connecticut's Tariffville Gorge section from Route 189 to Route 187. ...
    •  6.9 miles
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    This eTrail includes two sections of Massachusetts' Farmington River (Otis Bridge to Route 8 and Route 8 to New Boston) and ...

  • #5 Quaboag River: Warren to Route 67

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    Warren, MA

    The Quaboag is full of variety—from abrupt drops to long rapids with wave trains to a mini-gorge. Medium-sized, with rapids of sufficient power to demand great respect, the Quaboag holds its ...
    •  5.5 miles
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    The Quaboag is full of variety—from abrupt drops to long rapids with wave trains to a mini-gorge. Medium-sized, with rapids ...

  • #6 Concord River: Bradford Industries to Merrimack River

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    Concord, MA

    This run epitomizes urban paddling and is the closest class III–IV whitewater to Boston. The river is ledgy, with lots of man-made debris and a nasty breached dam at the end. There are three ...
    •  1.5 miles
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    This run epitomizes urban paddling and is the closest class III–IV whitewater to Boston. The river is ledgy, with lots of ...

  • #7 Cold River: Dead Man's Curve to Deerfield River

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    Zoar, MA

    You’re lucky to run the Cold when it’s completely free of ice, since most of its season is in the late winter or early spring just as the snow begins melting. It’s not unusual for it to run briefly ...
    •  4.25 miles
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    You’re lucky to run the Cold when it’s completely free of ice, since most of its season is in the late winter or early spring ...

  • #8 Chickley River: Route 8A to Deerfield River

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    West Hawley, MA

    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, ...
    •  4.4 miles
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    The Chickley runs through the rural landscape of Hawley, Massachusetts. Cow pastures, sugarbushes, and old mill sites are ...

  • #9 Cohasset: Border Street

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    Cohasset, MA

    About half an hour south of Boston is an interesting tidal rip known to boaters in the area simply as “Cohasset.” This short class II drop has amused summertime whitewater paddlers in and around ...
    •  0.05 miles
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    About half an hour south of Boston is an interesting tidal rip known to boaters in the area simply as “Cohasset.” This short ...

  • #10 North Branch of the Westfield River: Cummington to Huntington

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    Cummington, MA

    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 ...
    •  21.6 miles
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    This trip on the North Branch is probably one of the most pleasant to be experienced. Moderate rapids, delightful scenery, ...

  • #11 Housatonic River: Division Street to Brookside Road

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    Great Barrington, MA

    This is a fun stretch of river with some runs of easy rapids and riffles between long reaches of flatwater that drift through beautiful countryside. For the most comfortable passage, the depth ...
    •  4.5 hours
    •  6.1 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a fun stretch of river with some runs of easy rapids and riffles between long reaches of flatwater that drift through ...

  • #12 Deerfield River - Monroe Bridge Dryway: Monroe Bridge to Dunbar Brook Picnic Area

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    Monroe Bridge, MA

    The Monroe Bridge Dryway is one of the great relicensing success stories of New England. Dewatered except for occasional spillage until 1991, the Dryway now has a schedule of 32 days each season ...
    •  3 miles
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    The Monroe Bridge Dryway is one of the great relicensing success stories of New England. Dewatered except for occasional ...

  • #13 Hoosic River: Ashton Avenue to Simonds Road

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    North Adams, MA

    Short but sweet with a few reaches of slow water and the rest a whitewater treat. The Hoosic River is a shallow, energetic stream that is best run in spring or at other times when the water is ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.9 miles
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    Short but sweet with a few reaches of slow water and the rest a whitewater treat. The Hoosic River is a shallow, energetic ...

  • #14 Pelham Brook: Rowe Center to Deerfield River

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    Rowe, MA

    This small stream follows a country road through Rowe, Massachusetts, and is fed by Pelham Pond and a smaller millpond in the center of Rowe. The run itself is only 3.25 miles long from the put-in ...
    •  3.25 miles
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    This small stream follows a country road through Rowe, Massachusetts, and is fed by Pelham Pond and a smaller millpond in ...

  • #15 Dunbar Brook: South Road to Dunbar Brook Trailhead

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    Monroe Bridge, MA

    Dunbar Brook is one of the narrowest, steepest, most extreme creeks in the Deerfield River’s watershed. For it to be runnable, you need lots of rain or snowmelt over a short period of time, and ...
    •  3 miles
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    Dunbar Brook is one of the narrowest, steepest, most extreme creeks in the Deerfield River’s watershed. For it to be runnable, ...

  • #16 Deerfield River - #2 Section: Wilcox Hollow to Stillwater Bridge

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    Shelburne Falls, MA

    Number 2 is the first dam on the Deerfield counting up from the Connecticut River. Number 1 was planned but never built, and it is highly unlikely it ever will be. The river below Number 2 dam ...
    •  7 miles
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    Number 2 is the first dam on the Deerfield counting up from the Connecticut River. Number 1 was planned but never built, ...

  • #17 West Branch of the Westfield River: Bancroft to Huntington

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    Bancroft, MA

    This eTrail includes two sections of Massachusetts' Westfield River - West Branch: Bancroft to Chester and Chester to Huntington. If the rocks in the river are covered at Bancroft, expect a ...
    •  13.5 miles
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    This eTrail includes two sections of Massachusetts' Westfield River - West Branch: Bancroft to Chester and Chester to Huntington. ...

  • #18 Middle Branch of the Westfield River: River Road to Littleville Dam

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    Dayville, MA

    When the water is up, the Middle Branch offers a fast, sassy romp that’ll challenge open boaters and even give closed boats a good time. Continuous rapids with rocks and haystacks, a good gradient, ...
    •  7 miles
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    When the water is up, the Middle Branch offers a fast, sassy romp that’ll challenge open boaters and even give closed boats ...

  • #19 North River: Veratec Dam to Deerfield River

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    Shattuckville, MA

    The lower North is similar in difficulty to the Chickley except that it is larger, gathering inflows from several streams along its path. It is also ledgier, with a few rapids holding interesting ...
    •  2 miles
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    The lower North is similar in difficulty to the Chickley except that it is larger, gathering inflows from several streams ...