Deerfield River Reach 10

Deerfield River Reach 10
Last Updated: 2/2018
Zoar Picinic Area to Shunpike Rest Area on Route 2

Reaches 9, 10, and 11
          From Fife Brook Dam in Florida, Massachusetts to the Number 4 dam in Buckland, the Deerfield River flows unimpeded for 17.6 miles. This is the longest stretch of the Deerfield River without a dam on the main river, this run is also among the most heavily used by whitewater paddlers.  We have broken this down into 3 separate reaches to make it most understandable.


Launch your kayak or canoe.  ​
  • Mile 31.9 - The Zoar Picinic Area is where you will launch just below Zoar Gap rapids.
  • Mile 31.6 - A Class II Rapids the call "Blam Dance Rapids" will get you're attention.
  • Mile 31.3 - Keep right for the Class II "Spin Out Rapids" 
  • Mile 30.2 - Keep left at the island for "The Junction" Class II rapids.  There is an excellent swimming hole at the bottom.
  • Mile 29.9 - Pass under a Rail Road bridge.
  • Mile 28.9 - Pass under Route 2 bridge.
  • Mile 28.1 - Pass through "Chickley Rapids" making a sharp left.  You will see the Rail Road bridge to your right going over Chickley River as it enters the Deerfield River.  You may see the Tower Road bridge just on the otherside of the railroad bridge.
  • Mile 27.3 - On you're left will be the Take-Out/Put-In for Zoar Outdoors. 
  • If you come to the Route 8A bridge, you've gone too far!
For a professional description try the following webpage:
Skill Level:            Class 1 & 2
Estimated Time:    1.5 hours
Distance:               3.2 miles
USGS Map: Rowe, MA-VT (7.5’x15’)
​​Zoar Picnic Area - Mile 31.9
Position: 42-39.06 N 72-57.12 W
Boat Launch:
There is plenty of parking and picinic tables.  Park near the river for an easy take-out.
Nearest Launch Address:
Zoar Picnic Area, Rowe, MA 01367
Put-In Directions (5.2 miles, 9 minutes):
From the Center of Charlemont on Route 2:
Head west on Route 2.
  1. At mile 1.9, turn slight right onto Zoar Road just before Route 2 passes over the Deerfield River.
  2. At mile 4.4, Rowe Road is on your right. Continue on Zoar Road.
  3. At mile 4.6, pass under the railroad tracks.
  4. At mile 5.2, arrive at teh Zoar Picnic area on your left.
ZOAR Outdoor
At-A-Glance description
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Berkshire East
Shunpike Rest Area on Route 2 - Mile 28.7 - Take-Out
Position: 42-37.63 N 72-53.13 W
Boat Launch:
The Take-Out or Put-In is directly across from Zoar Outdoors.
Nearest Launch Address:  
1359 Mohawk Trail, Charlemont, MA 01339
Put-In Directions (1.9 miles, 3 minutes):
From the Center of Charlemont on Route 2:
  1. Head west on Route 2.
  2. At mile 1.9 you will see a Rest Area on your left pull in and park.  This a park-and-ride for commuters on week days.
  3. There is plenty of area to launch of a grassy area.
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