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Last Updated: 12/2017
Woronoco Dam to
                             Great River Bridges  Westfield

Description
            This section of the Westfield River includes one portage at the beginning in Woronoco.  Consider doing this stretch by just using the Woronoco Dam put-in and taking out in Westfield, a good place to get food after a paddle.
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STATISTICS
 
Skill Level:          Class 1 and 2 when high except where described below.
Estimated Time:   2 hours plus the portage.
Distance:            18.5 - 12.4  = 6.1 miles
USGS Maps: Blandford, MA, Mount Tom, MA
[1] Woronoco Dam - Portage
                                                                 Miles 18.6 - 18.25
Positions
       Take-Out: 42-10.07 N 72-49.77 W
       Altitude: 225 feet
       Put- In: 42-09.76 N 72-49.48 W
       Altitude: 165 feet
60 foot drop
Description: 
The take out point is just upstream of the eastern (or north) end of the boat barrier when it is in place. It is a 0.64 mile walk from the take-out to the put-in points. There are signs along the way, and two resting areas with canoe cradles. This is a very lightly traveled road.
Nearest Launch Address:  
Take-Out: 81 Valley View Ave, Russell, MA 01071
Put-In: Tekoa Avenue, Russell, Massachusetts 01071
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. At mile 6.5, turn right onto Old Route 20/Woronco Road.
    Otherwise, 
  5. At mile 7.3, turn right onto Valley View Avenue.
  6. Cross the narrow one car bridge.  There is a small pull over on the right opposite the trail to the portage take-out.
  7. Travel another half mile down the road to the put-in as described with images below.
[D] There are two Rest Stops
where you can place your canoe or kayak.
[E] Continue to follow this very low traffic road past a closed factory building.
[F] Arrive at a gravel pull over with an unmarked trail to the river.
A Close up of the Portage
[G] Follow the trail to the river.
[A] The Take-Out above the barrier - River Left
[H] The Put-In is well below the class 4 rapids under the closed Bridge Street bridge.
[B] The carry up the trail and go left on the paved road.
SPECIAL NOTE
        It is very tempting to take-out, carry up to the road, and then go directly across the road and down the steep slope to a put-in.  This would avoid over a half mile carry. 

Consider the following:
       When the river is high you will be putting in directly next to the dam where it can be extremely turbulant.  When the river is low, it is much safer BUT, down river there is a class 4 rapid over large rocks that passes under the now closed Bridge Street bridge.
      If you intend to run this rapid, be very sure to scout the rapid before you attempt it.  When the river is low you may be pounded against rocks.
[C] Follow this road past some homes on your left.
[2] Russel Road River Access - Mile 16.5
Position: 42-08.72 N 72-48.63 W​
Altitude: 151 feet
Description: 
        
Nearest Launch Address:  
861 Russell Road, Westfield, MA 01085
This is an unmarked paved pull over with a trail to the river.
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.
Park at this unmarked paved pull over.
Follow this trail down to the river by a small island.
[3] Whitney Field, Westfield - Mile 12.85
Position: 42-07.83 N 72-45.27 W
Altitude: 133 feet
Description: 
      A neighborhood park providing river access about 0.5 mile above Great River Bridge (Triple Bridges). Parking is available adjacent to river and at main park parking lot to the south. (20 plus spaces).
Note: Potentially dangerous bridge and dam complex about ½ mile downstream.  
Nearest Launch Address:  
47 Shepard Street, Westfield, MA 01085
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.
Don't be shy! Driver right over the dike.
You will first encounter this sign.
Pull over in this gravel area next to the river and park.  The access is easy and there are picnic tables nearby.
[4] Great River Bridges/River Walk - Mile 12.2
Position: 42-07.65 N 72-45.50 W
Altitude: 120 feet
Description: 
      Improved launch point just downstream from new Great River Bridge near downtown Westfield. Accessed from Westfield River Trail bikeway with parking available on Park Street at Hanover Street, about 100 yards from the river.
Nearest Launch Address:  
20 Hanover Street, Westfield, MA 01085
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 1.2, make a sharp left onto Elm Street/Union Avenue just before the clock tower on a middle island.
  4. Mak an immediate right onto Meadow Street.
  5. At mile 1.4,  turn left onto Hanover Street.
  6. At mile 1.5, park roadside, carry your boat over the dike and down grassy the trail to the river.
Westfield River Walk
 Overview
      The Westfield River Walk is a 1.7 mile stone-dust walking path which provides views of the Westfield River, the Great River Bridges and various city parks.  The path can be accessed with parking from Whitney Playground, Kane/Wojtkiewicz Park, and Chapman Playground or from various streets if walking.  The path also intersects with the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail near Sackett Street.

           For more information and trail maps, click below:
Westfield River Walk