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Towns in the Chicopee River Watershed:

  • Belchertown

  • Brimfield

  • Brookfield 

  • Chicopee

  • East Brookfield

  • Hardwick 

  • Hubbardston

  • Ludlow

  • Monson

  • New Braintree 

  • New Salem

  • North Brookfield

  • Oakham

  • Orange 

  • Palmer

  • Paxton

  • Pelham 

  • Petersham

  • Phillipston

  • Princeton

  • Rutland 

  • Shutesbury

  • Spencer

  • Springfield 

  • Templeton

  • Wales 

  • Ware 

  • Warren

  • Wendell

  • West Brockfield

  • Wilbraham 

Major Tributaries:

  • Quaboag River

  • Swift River

  • ​​Ware River

What's going on in the Chicopee River watershed? Click here to find out! 

Organizations working in the Chicopee River watershed​

Chicopee 4Rivers Watershed 

  • Deputy Director for Policy
    Mass Rivers is currently seeking a Deputy Director of Policy. Please click here for a detailed job description and instructions for how to apply.
Chicopee River Activities
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Walk, Hike, Bike
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Boating & Sailing
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You can swim in the Chicopee River, but it can be dangerous due to the river's high turbulence and strong flows. Swimmers should be sure to take proper precautions when swimming in the river. For information on where it is safe to swim, please visit the website: Is It Clean?

Swimming locations:

  • Chicopee Memorial State Park (Chicopee). For directions, click here.

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Walk, Hike, Bike

Hike, Walk, Run

Walking, hiking, and biking locations:

  • Chicopee River Canal Trail (Chicopee). A short 0.21 mile paved trail for walking or biking (the trail continues but is unpaved). The route can be accessed from Canal Street & Grape Street or from Front Street & Davitt Memorial Bridge.

    • The paved section of the trail is handicap accessible.  

    • Parking can be found on Front Street across from the Chicopee City Hall Annex.

  • Chicopee Memorial State Park (Chicopee). Hiking and biking trails available year-round; swimming and fishing are also available. 

    • Parking available, but includes an entry fee that is higher for non-MA residents. 

Birding information:

  • Eagles might be spotted during the late fall and early spring season 

  • Other commonly-spotted birds include:

    • Mute Swan

    • Canada Goose 

    • Mallard

    • Great Blue Heron

    • Red-tailed Hawk

    • Eastern Kingbird

    • American Crow

    • Barn Swallow

    • European Starling

    • American Robin

    • Cedar Waxwing

    • Red-winged Blackbird

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The Chicopee 4Rivers Watershed website has ample paddling location information in their Blue Trail guides for the Chicopee River, as well as the Quaboag River, one of its major tributaries. 

Additional paddling put-ins/access locations:

  • Red Bridge Boat Ramp, 22 Red Bridge Rd (Wilbraham)

  • 840 Poole Street (Ludlow)​

  • 401 Fuller Road (Chicopee). This is private property, but landowners allow usage. ​

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Boating & Sailing


Boating is permitted on the Chicopee River. For information, refer to the paddling access locations above or visit the webpage: Is It Clean?​.

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You can fish the Chicopee River! 

Fishing locations:​

  • Davitt Bridge (Chicopee). For directions, click here

  • Putts Bridge Access (Chicopee). For directions, click here.

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