Housatonic River Reach 3

Last Updated: 9/2017
Hubbard Avenue Bridge to Fred Garner River Park

     This may be the most urban section of the Housatonic River in Massachusetts.  There are a few reaches near the ocean that may be considered urban but because the river is so small here you are very close to neighborhoods through the entire 5.1 miles.
      This section can be very low in late summer and early fall unless there has been a recent rain.  Scraping and bumping can make this paddle less fun.

Skill Level:            Class 1
Estimated Time:    2 hours
Distance:               5.1 miles
USGS Map: Pittsfield East, MA (7.5’x15’)
Fred Garner River Park - Mile 140.2
Position: 42-26.15 N 73-14.94 W
Boat Launch:
Follow the paved park road to the parking area.  Car top launch is opposite the parking.  If the park gate is closed, you can still walk your boat in and launch.
Nearest Launch Address:
 345 Pomeroy Ave, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Put-In Directions (11.1 miles, 18 minutes):
Follow Steps 1 through 3 above and then do the following:
  1. At mile 10.6, turn right on Crofut Street.
  2. At mile 10.9, turn slight right onto Pomeroy Avenue.
  3. At mile 11.1, arrive at Fred Garner River Park on right just before the avenue crosses the river.
Fred Garner River Park
Car Top Launch
Plenty of Parking
Hubbard Avenue Bridge - Mile 145.3
Position: 42.28.15 N 73-11.80 W
Boat Launch:
Car Top launch near the back of Taco Bell.  Park in the public parking lot nearby.
Nearest Launch Address:  
560 Hubbard Ave, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Put-In Directions (15.0 miles, 28 minutes):
  1. From Exit 2 of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
  2. At the end of the ramp turn right at the stoplight onto Route 20 West.
  3. Follow Route 20 West through Lee, Lenox and into Pittsfield.
  4. At mile 11.5, turn right onto East Street in downtown Pittsfield. 
  5. At mile 12.7, the road becomes Merrill Street, continue straight.
  6. At mile 14.5, at the stop light, get in the right turn only lane and turn right Dalton Avenue. (There are many stores and restaurants around there.)
  7. After the turn stay in the right lane.  At the second stop light, at mile 14.8, turn right onto Hubbard Avenue.
  8. Stay on the right and turn right at the next light.  Immediately turn right at mile 14.9, and follow the over to the back where there is parking for Taco Bell.  Unload on the grass and launch near to Upper Valley Road.   
Informal Car Top Launch behind Taco Bell