Chickley River Route 8A to Deerfield River

West Hawley, Massachusetts 1339

Chickley River Route 8A to Deerfield River

Chickley River: Route 8A to Deerfield River Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

West Hawley
Nearby City
4.4
Distance
Class II-III
Class
Gauge location and water level information is provided in the eTrail if available.
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Jul 2018