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Last Updated: 12/2017
 FiberMark Mill Dam to Pynchon Point Agawam
 
Description
            This section of the Westfield River is still being scouted by us.  When the weather warms up in 2018 we will be finishing this reach and other parts of the Westfield River.  Please be patient.
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STATISTICS
 
Skill Level:          Class 1 flatwater
Estimated Time:   1.5 hours
Distance:            3.8 - 0.0 = 3.8 miles
USGS Maps: West Springfield, MA, Springfield South, MA
[1] Below FiberMark Dam  - Mile 3.2
Position: 42-08.72 N 72-48.63 W​
Altitude: 52 feet
Description: 
    The access point is located in a small traprock gorge in the lowest stretch of the river below the FiberMark mill complex. Parking (4-5 spaces) available on Front Street near CSX tracks.
      Portage of about 100 yards required to access launch area.First go east across the former mill parking lot then south on a sloping unpaved trail.
Note: minor rapids about ¼ mile downstream.    
Nearest Launch Address:  
2 Bridge St, Agawam, MA 01001
Put-In Directions (5.2 miles, 10 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 1.5, turn right onto Franklin Street, Route 20 West, toward Russell/Pittsfield.
  4. At mile 5.2, pull over in unmarked paved area just after passing Toomey Associates Inc. on your left.
Images coming soon!
[3] 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.
Images coming soon!

        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.