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Last Updated: 2/2018
Holyoke Dam (84.4) to
                                    Endfield Connecticut (66.7)
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Holyoke Dam Portage - 1.4 miles
STATISTICS

Skill Level:            Class 1
Estimated Time:    6 hours
Reach Distance:  17.7 miles
USGS Maps:  Springfield North, MA, Springfield South, MA, 
Broad Brook, CT
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2DStartFragment%2D%2D%3E[1] South Hadley Canal Park - Mile 85.2
Position: 42-13.35 N 72-36.55 W
 Altitude: 92 feet
Boat Launch:
This is for car top only.  Hike into the park down to the water for take-out.
Nearest Launch Address:
99 West Summit Street, South Hadley, MA 01075
Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 3.1 miles  9 minutes)
From Interstate 91 Exit 16  Route 202 toward South Hadley.
  1. At the end of the ramp take Route 202 toward South Hadley.
  2. Follow Route 202 through Holyoke.
  3. At about mile 2.0, Route 202 crosses the Connecticut River.
  4. At mile 2.5, follow around a large rotary 3/4 of the way around to the Summit Street exit.
  5. At mile 2.8, turn left onto West Summit Street.
  6. Follow down to the South Hadley Canal Park at the end.


Canal Park Take-Out Trail - near West Summit Road
           This take-out is not the most convenient on the river.  You must carry your boat for about a tenth of a mile up hill.  Read some most interesting history below.
​​Mile 72.9 - Westfield River Mouth​​
[5] Bondi's Island Boat Ramp - Mile 73.6
Position: 42-05.52 N 72-35.42 W
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Boat Launch:
Paved boat ramp for all types of boats.
Nearest Launch Address:
M Street, Agawam, MA 01001

Difficult to see exit off Route 5.  Available from both directions.
Gravel boat ramp available for all types of boats.
​​Mile 84.7 - Route 202 Bridge
This should be the limit of your paddling.  A barrel barrier is located just down river.  If the river is high remember that it is over 0.3 miles wide.  If you are not a strong paddler you could find yourself up against the barrier paddling for your life!

Mile 84.4 - Holyoke Dam
Holoke Dam from South Hadley side at flood stage
​​​Mile 84.0 - Route 116 Bridge
[6] Pynchon Point Car Top Boat Access - Mile 0.0
                                            (Connecticuit River Mile 72.9)
Position: 42-05.00 N 72-35.15 W
Altitude: 40 feet
Description: 
     Beautiful paved parking lot just as the road makes a tight turn.  Carry in is about 200 yards to the mouth of the Westfield River.
Nearest Launch Address:  
1 South End Bridge Circle # 14, Agawam, MA 01001
Put-In Directions (1.8 miles, 5 minutes):
From the Mass Pike Exit 3, Westfield, MA:
  1. At the end of the ramp, turn right at the stop light.
  2. Head southwest on Southampton Road toward Westfield center on Route 202 South.
  3. At mile 1.3, after crossing the Westfield River, turn right onto Orange Street.
  4. At mile 1.7, at the end of the street, turn right onto Shepard Street.
  5. Follow the street over the river dike into the park.  Used the first pull over on your right to park and launch.
Follow this trail down to the river from the parking lot.
        For more than two hundred years, the only direct link between Agawam and Springfield founder Willam Pynchon and the landing at York Street on the opposite shore.  In 1658 Thomas Cooper was granted a lease to "land people below ye mouth of Agawam river" (now known as the Westfield River).  Ferry service ended here in 1879 with the steamboat Agawam when the first South End Bridge was built.  The original bridge was replaced in 1954 with the present structure, named in 1979 for prominent local businesswoman Julia B. Buxton, who was very active in area civic and educational programs.  This path to the shore very likely follows the original route to the ferry landing.
This beach area is where the Westfield and
Connecticuit River meet. 
​​Mile 72.8 - Springfield South End Bridge
[2] Perlovski State Ramp - Mile 83.8
Position: 42-12.62 N 72-35.45 W
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Boat Launch: 
Nearest Launch Address:
128 Syrek Street, Chicopee, MA 01020

Perlovski State Boat Ramp with plenty of parking
Mile 82.5 - Holyoke Railroad Bridge and
                  Cabot Street Bridge
    These bridges go between Holyoke to Chicopee.

Mile 81.9 - Interstate 391 Bridge

[3] Jones Ferry Ramp (Holyoke) Ramp - 80.2
Position: 42-10.33 N 72-37.80 W
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Boat Launch: 
Nearest Launch Address:
11 Jones Ferry Road, Holyoke, MA 01040

Sue Ellen Panitch River Center
The boat ramp in February.
[7] Riverfront Park Longmeadow - Mile 71.3
Position: 42-03.75 N 72-35.63 W
Altitude: 35 feet
Boat Launch:
Unimproved parking area for about 10 vehicles.  Carry in for Car Top boats about 100 yards across grass park to waters edge.
Nearest Launch Address:
240 Anthony Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106

​http://www.longmeadowma.org/ourtown/chronicles/riverfrontpark.html
         Riverfront Park, located on Anthony Road just south of the Yacht Club, is Longmeadow's newest site for public recreation and relaxation. The park offers residents access to over 300 feet of shoreline and a serene and pastoral setting to view the mighty Connecticut River as it courses towards the sea, some seventy miles to the south.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2DEndFragment%2D%2D%3E
Parking for 6 vehicles.  Car top boats only.
Carry your boat across the grassy park to this small beach on the river.
[4] Chicopee State Boat Ramp - 78.9
Position: 42-09.20 N 72-37.53 W
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Nearest Launch Address:
99 Medina St, Chicopee, MA 01013

Located just south of the Route 90 bridges and just north of the mouth of the Chicopee River.
​​Mile 68.5 - Connecticut-Maassachusetts Border
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[8] Thompsonville Boat Ramp - Mile 66.7
Position: 41-59.89 N 72-36.33 W
Altitude: 35 feet
Boat Launch:
Parking for at least 20 vehicles.
Nearest Launch Address:
39 South River St,, Enfield, CT 06082
It's a tight squeeze going under the railroad tracks.
This State Boat Ramp has parking for trailers.
​​Mile 78.4 - Mouth of the Chicopee River
Mile 75.4 - North End Bridge in Springfield
Mile 74.2 - Memorial Bridge in Springfield
Mile 66.0 - Route 190 Franklin Street Bridge