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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 

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Environmental Concerns for the Chicopee River


Environmental concerns for the Chicopee River include invasive species, sewage overflows, and pollution from industrial runoff. For more infomation, click here.




Additional Infomation


History: The Chicopee River was used as a driver for various forms of industry, notably for textile mills. Many companies formed at its banks, including Otis Mills, Chicopee Manufacturing Company, Facemate Corporation, Massachusetts Electric Company, and more. Several of Chicopee River bridges and other man-made landmarks were built for travel convenience during the 18th century. Did you know?

  • Chicopee means "place of violent waters" becuase of the many falls and drop in elevation of the 18 mile mainstem.





Chicopee River Activities
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Swimming
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Walk, Hike, Bike
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Swimming

 

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

 

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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Paddling

 

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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Fishing

 

You can fish the Chicopee River! 

Fishing locations:​

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

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