Chicopee River Reach 4

Last Updated: 1/2018
Ludlow Avenue Bridge
to Dwight Dam at Route 141/33 Bridge 


Mile 9.1 - Putts Dam at Ludlow Avenue Bridge
                See Reach 3 for details.

Mile 8.5 - Indian Leap

Mile 7.6 - Indian Orchard Dam Public Access

Mile 7.6 - Indian Orchard Dam Portage Take-Out

Mile 6.1 to 6.9 - Former Monsanto Chemical Plant
Located on the south shore, river left, is the former Monsanto Chemical Plant.  The name was changed to Solutia and was soley owned by Monsanto.  In 2012 Eastman Chemical Company acquired the plant.  The site’s products are used for windshield weight reduction and reduced interior cabin noise for the automotive industry and for architectural use, offering a variety of benefits ranging from sound reduction to high impact hurricane protection.
QUESTION: Did Monsanto polute the river when it was still legal before the laws in the 1970s?

Mile 3.0 - Dwight Dam Needs scouting for Portage
42-09.60 N 72-34.85 W
141 E Main St, Chicopee, MA 01020

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Skill Level:            Class 1
Estimated Time: 
   2 plus hours
              6.1 miles
 Ludlow, MA and Springfield North, MA (7.5’x15’)

​Read the history of Wallamanumps Falls and Indian Leap by clicking on the button below:
Chicopee River History
[3] Indian Orchard Public Access - Mile 7.6

Position:  42-09.65 N 72-30.07 W
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Boat Launch: 
Car top access with parking for 6 to 8 vehicles. Park your vehicle and walk down the short trail to the put-in.
Nearest Launch Address:
267 Water Street, Indian Orchard, MA 01151

Put-In/Take-Out Directions: 2.1 miles, 6 min.
From US Route 90 (Mass. Turnpike) take Exit 7:
  1. After the exit ramp, at the stoplight, turn left on Route 21 South
  2. Follow Route 21 into town at mile 1.0 cross the Chicopee River after a stop light on the Ludlow Avenue Bridge.
  3. At mile 2.0, turn right onto Pinevale Street.
  4. At mile 2.1, at the end of the street, turn right on Water Street. 
  5. About 400 feet, turn left into the access parking.
Indian Orchard Public Access with parking for 6 to 8 vehicles
[2] Indian Leap - Mile 8.5

Position:  42-09.61 N 72-29.34 W
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Boat Launch: 
Walk to the end of Rogers Avenue.  There is a break in the concrete barrier at the end of the avenue.  Go down this small trail and turn right on a main trail.  Follow the trail to the end where Indian Leap is located.
NOTE: People leave a lot of trash. If possible, please bring a plastic bag and help carry out trash even if it is not yours.
Nearest Launch Address:
2 Rogers Avenue, Ludlow, MA 01056

Put-In/Take-Out Directions: 2.1 miles, 6 min.
From US Route 90 (Mass. Turnpike) take Exit 7:
  1. After the exit ramp, at the stoplight, turn left on Route 21 South
  2. Follow Route 21 into town.
  3. At mile 1.2, turn right onto Joy Street.
  4. At mile 1.3, Turn left onto Rogers Avenue.
  5. Consider parking on Joy Street and walking down Rogers Avenue to the end.
  6. Access is through a small opening at the end of the avenue.
  7. Follow a dirt road to the right to the very end where the leap is.
  8. Help keep this area clean.  Consider carrying in a small bag and picking up any trash you see around.
A spectacular view with the RR Bridge abutment from the Leap!
You Tube: Indian Leap
You Tube: Face Plant of the Leap
You Tube Video: Indian Leap Train
[4] Indian Orchard Dam Portage - Mile 7.6 to 7.55
​       at Ludlow Avenue Bridge
Take-Out Position: 42-09.74 N 72-30.10 W
Put-In Position:      42-09.74 N 72-30.15 W
Above Dam Altitude: 160 feet
Below Dam Altitude: 130 feet
Boat Access: 
       At the end of Goddu Street there is a small gate that you can walk through. Follow the trail to the dam where the Take-Out is located above the barrier and below the dam.
       From the Take-Out, follow around the concrete barrier circle along a small trail.  The trail then goes steeply down and then along the shore.  Put-In in a quiet area off some rocks.  Be careful of Poison Ivy.
Nearest Launch Address:
53 Goddu Street, Ludlow, MA 01056
Directions: 1.5 miles, 4 min.
From US Route 90 (Mass. Turnpike) take Exit 7:
  1. At the end of the exit ramp, at the stop light, turn left on Route 21 South
  2. Pass under the Mass Pike.
  3. At mile 0.4, turn right onto Arch Street.
  4. At mile 0.5, turn right onto West Avenue.
  5. At mile 1.4 turn left onto Goddu Street.
  6. Go to the end of the street and park on the street at mile 1.5.

A closeup view of the dam area.
Indian Orchard Dam Take-Out (river right)
A view below dam from the Ludlow side
Indian Orchard Dam Put-In
Indian Leap
Yes! It's over 35 feet high.
Dwight Dam - Mile 3.0
Taken from Memorial Drive Route 33 Bridge
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