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Last Updated: 12/2017
STATISTICS
 
Skill Level:        
               Too shallow to paddle when low above Littleville Lake. 
               Littleville Lake is flatwater paddling.
               Below Littleville Lake is Class 2 and 3 when high.
Distance:               43.5 - 27.2 = 16.3 miles
USGS Maps: Goshen, MA, Chester, MA
 Middle Branch
 
Description
            The Middle Branch of the Westfield River cannot be paddled above Littleville Lake.  Refer to the information on the 275 acre Littleville Lake found under Hampden County.  As for the short 0.7 tenths of a mile below the Littleville Lake Dam may not be worth the trouble of paddling unless you are determined to paddle as much of the river that can be done.
         The upper part above Littleville Lake should be considered fishing access only.
[1] Headwaters of Middle Branch - Mile 43.5 Middle
Position: 42-26.24 N 72-59.40 W​
Altitude: 1502 feet
Access: 
Water from Trout Brook forms a tiny pond.  It is here that the Middle Branch begins.  Access is for the hardy willing to hike in from Parish Road.  A hand GPS might be handy.
Nearest Launch Address:  
140 Parish Road, Worthington, MA 01098
Put-In Directions (29.8 miles, 52 minutes):
From the Mass Pike Exit 2, Lee, MA:
  1. At the end of the ramp, turn left at the stop light.
  2. Take Route 20 East at the next stop light toward Becket.
  3. At mile 16.3, turn left onto Middlefield Road in the middle of Chester.
  4. At mile 19.3, the road becomes Chester Road.
  5. At mile 20.5, turn right onto Arthur Pease Road.
  6. At mile 20.7, at the next corner, turn right onto Skyline Trail.
  7. At mile 21.1, turn left onto Clark Wright Road. This is a dirt road.
  8. At mile 23.6, turn left onto East River Road.
  9. At mile 29.2, cross Route 143 to Parish Road.
  10. Continue to mile 29.8. Park roadside and hike into the headwaters.  Good Luck!
[4] North Chester Smith Road Bridge - Mile 33.4 Middle
Position: 42-19.44 N 72-55.64 W
Altitude: 654 feet
Access: 
Find some roadside parking and access the river for fishing near the bridge.
Nearest Launch Address:  
461 East River Rd Chester, MA 01011
Put-In Directions (24.3 miles, 49 minutes):
From the Mass Pike Exit 2, Lee, MA:
  1. At the end of the ramp, turn left at the stop light.
  2. Take Route 20 East at the next stop light toward Becket.
  3. At mile 16.3, turn left onto Middlefield Road in the middle of Chester.
  4. At mile 19.3, the road becomes Chester Road.
  5. At mile 20.5, turn right onto Arthur Pease Road.
  6. At mile 20.7, at the next corner, turn right onto Skyline Trail.
  7. At mile 21.1, turn left onto Clark Wright Road. This is a dirt road.
  8. At mile 23.6, turn right onto East River Road.
  9. At mile 24.3, arrive at North Chester, a small cluster of houses, where a small bridge crosses the river.
[6 & 7] Use the button below to access Littleville Lake
Positions:
           Mile 30.5, North gravel access: 42-17.63 N 72-53.98 W
           Mile 28.5, South boart ramp:     42-16.13 N 72-52.80 W
Altitude: 524 feet
Nearest Launch Address:  
     North grave access: 1 Kinnebrook Road, Chester, MA 01011
     South Boat Ramp: 44 Goss Hill Road, Huntington, MA 01050
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Littleville Lake
[2] Route 143 Bridge Worthington - Mile 42.4 Middle
Position: 42-25.35 N 72-59.30 W
Altitude: 1474 feet
Access: 
Park roadside.  This small bridge allows access for fishing.
Nearest Launch Address:  
921 Old North Rd, Worthington, MA 0109
Put-In Directions (29.3 miles, 49 minutes):
From the Mass Pike Exit 2, Lee, MA:
  1. At the end of the ramp, turn left at the stop light.
  2. Take Route 20 East at the next stop light toward Becket.
  3. At mile 16.3, turn left onto Middlefield Road in the middle of Chester.
  4. At mile 19.3, the road becomes Chester Road.
  5. At mile 20.5, turn right onto Arthur Pease Road.
  6. At mile 20.7, at the next corner, turn right onto Skyline Trail.
  7. At mile 21.1, turn left onto Clark Wright Road. This is a dirt road.
  8. At mile 23.6, turn left onto East River Road.
  9. At mile 29.2, turn left onto Route 143 (aka Old North Road).
  10. Continue to mile 29.3. Park roadside where the road passes over the Middle Branch.
[8] Goss Hill Road Bridge - Mile 27.5 Middle
Position: 42-15.53 N 72-52.33 W​
Altitude: 401 feet
Access: 
Find some roadside parking and access the river for fishing near the bridge. Paddle this only if you wish to complete your paddle of all of the Westfield River.
Nearest Launch Address:  
1 Stage Road, Huntington, MA 01050
Put-In Directions (25.2 miles, 36 minutes):
From the Mass Pike Exit 2, Lee, MA:
  1. At the end of the ramp, turn left at the stop light.
  2. Take Route 20 East at the next stop light toward Becket.
  3. At mile 16.3, pass through the middle of Chester.
  4. At mile 23.1, turn left onto Route 112 North.
  5. At mile 24.5, turn left onto North Chester Road.  The Huntington Country Store will be on your left.
  6. At mile 25.2, turn right onto Goss Hill Road. It becomes Littleville Road.
  7. Park road side and access near the bridge.
[3] Huntington Pull Over - Mile 39.5 Middle
Position: 42-23.15 N 72-58.68 W​
Altitude: 964 feet
Access: 
This gravel pull over allows parking off the road and access for fishing.
Nearest Launch Address:  
27 East River Road, Huntington, MA 01050
Put-In Directions (29.3 miles, 49 minutes):
From the Mass Pike Exit 2, Lee, MA:
  1. At the end of the ramp, turn left at the stop light.
  2. Take Route 20 East at the next stop light toward Becket.
  3. At mile 16.3, turn left onto Middlefield Road in the middle of Chester.
  4. At mile 19.3, the road becomes Chester Road.
  5. At mile 20.5, turn right onto Arthur Pease Road.
  6. At mile 20.7, at the next corner, turn right onto Skyline Trail.
  7. At mile 21.1, turn left onto Clark Wright Road. This is a dirt road.
  8. At mile 23.6, turn left onto East River Road.
  9. At mile 26.4, look for a gravel pull over on your right.
[9] Middle and East Branch Split - Mile 27.2 E
Position: 42-15.55 N 72-51.96 W
Altitude: 390 feet

​This is where the two branches join together.