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Last Updated: 12/2017
 Crescent Dam Hydro Station to to Woronoco Dam
 
Description
            This section of the Westfield River includes two portages and the finish for the races.  See more below.

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STATISTICS
 
Skill Level:          Class 2 and 3 when high.  Scrape and bump when low.
Estimated Time:   Keystone Arches to Huntington -  
Distance:            23.9 - 18.6  = 5.3 miles
USGS Maps: Chester, MA, Blandford, MA,
[3] Turtle Bend - Mile 22.6
Position: 42-12.20 N 72-51.40 W
Altitude: 274 feet
Description: 
        Once through Hill and Dale Rapids, the river turns sharply to the left at Turtle Bend and, with the exception of a large rock on the outside of that turn, offers nothing but riffles down to the mill pond behind the Russell Dam.
Nearest Launch Address:  
18 Rocky Branch Dr, Russell, MA 01071
Put-In Directions (10.6 miles, 16 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. Continue on Route 20 West through Russell.
  5. At mile 10.6, park on the opposite side from the river. Walk on the river side until you find a break in the guard rail.  Bushwack to the river to scout the tight turn.
[1] Crescent Dam - Portage - Miles 24.0 - 23.9
Positions
       Take-Out: 42-13.32 N 72-51.55 W
       Altitude: 331 feet
       Put- In: 42-13.27 N 72-51.49 W
       Altitude: 298 feet
Description: 
Watch for the signs directing you to the portage on the left (east) bank. The portage is steep and apt to be slippery.  Once on the downstream side of the dam, be careful of the strong eddying currents as you put in. The river turns sharply to the right almost immediately, with a ledgy outcropping jutting from the outside bank.
Nearest Launch Address:  
Crescent Dam Hydrostation
1190 Huntington Road, Russell, MA 01071 ‎
(413) 862-3888  ‎
Put-In Directions (12.0 miles, 19 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. Continue on Route 20 West through Russell to Crescent Mills area.
  5. At mile 12.0, turn right into the closed down mill.
A Close up of the Portage
The Take-Out above the barrier - River Left
The river drops 33 feet over the dam.
The natural rock formations are quite beautiful.
[4] Indian River Project Dam Portage -
                                                 Mile 21.1 to 21.0
Positions
       Take-Out: 42-13.32 N 72-51.55 W
       Altitude: 265 feet
       Put- In: 42-11.21 N 72-51.08 W
       Altitude: 242 feet
Description: 
Take out above the dam barrier on river right where Bradley Brook enters the river.  Follow along the river around the dam.  Put-In below the dam at a gravel beach.
Nearest Launch Address:  
89 Grove St, Easthampton, MA 01027
Put-In Directions (9.6 miles, 16 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 9.3, turn right onto Old Westfield Road before the center of Russell.
  5. At mile 9.5, turn right onto Grove Street.
  6. Park and walk into the woods at the end of the street down to the river near the dam.
A Close up of the Portage
The Take-Out above the barrier - on gravel beach where Bradley Brook enters. (River Right)
The river drops 23 feet over the dam.
The natural rock formations are beautiful.
Put-In below the dam on the gravel beach in the lower pool.
[2] Hill and Dale Rapids - Class 3 - Mile 22.9
Position: 42-12.45 N 72-51.25 W
Altitude: 279 feet
Description: 
        About a mile downstream of Texon Dam, watch for the "Three Sisters" rocks just left of mid-stream. They mark the gateway to the Hill & Dale Rapids - the only class III rapids on the Novice course, under normal race conditions.
        If you prefer not to challenge the rapids, watch for the bypass along the right bank, otherwise, choose your line carefully.
Nearest Launch Address:  
665 Huntington Rd, Russell, MA 0107
Across the street from: Countryside Woodcraft
Put-In Directions (11.0 miles, 17 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. Continue on Route 20 West through Russell.
  5. At mile 11.0, park at Countryside Woodcraft. Cross Route 20 and bushwack to the river to scout the rapids.
[5] Woronoco Dam Take-Out - Mile 18.6
Positions:
        River Left Portage Take-Out: 42-10.07 N 72-49.77 W
Altitude: 220 feet
Access: 
No parking.  There is a small pull over that can be used to load car top boats only.  Do not block because the road is so narrow.
Nearest Launch Address:  
81 Valley View Avenue, Russell, MA 01071
Just across the bridge.
Put-In Directions (7.4 miles, 13 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 6.5, turn right onto Old Route 20/Woronco Road.
  5. At mile 7.3, turn right onto Valley View Avenue.
  6. Park at this corner if you want to access the River Race Tak-Out.
  7. Otherwise, cross the narrow one car bridge.  There is a small pull over on the right opposite the trail to the portage take-out.
Cross this bridge and the Take-Out is to your left.
Portage Take-Out - Trail
View of the River at the Portage Take-Out
[5] Westfield Races Take-Out - Mile 18.6
Positions:
        River Right Races Take-Out: 42-10.10 N 72-49.84 W
Altitude: 220 feet
Access: 
There is plenty of roadside parking near the intersection.  The carry from the take-out is about 50 yards.
Nearest Launch Address:  
Corner of Woronoco Road and
Valley View Avenue, Russell, MA 01071
Put-In Directions (7.4 miles, 13 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 6.5, turn right onto Old Route 20/Woronco Road.
  5. At mile 7.3, turn right onto Valley View Avenue.
  6. Park at this corner if you want to access the River Race Tak-Out.
  7. Otherwise, cross the narrow one car bridge.  There is a small pull over on the right opposite the trail to the portage take-out.
Race Take-Out - Trail Entrance
Race Take-Out - Trail
Race Take-Out - View of the River