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MA Towns in the Hoosic River Watershed:

  • Adams

  • Berkshire

  • Cheshire

  • Clarksburg

  • Hancock

  • Lanesboro

  • New Ashford

  • North Adams

  • Savoy

  • Williamstown

Major Tributaries:

  • Browns Brook

  • Case Brook

  • Hoosic North Branch

  • The Green River

  • Little Hoosic River

  • Walloomsac River

What's happening in the Hoosic River watershed? Click here to find out! 

Organizations working in the Hoosic River Watershed​

Hoosic River Revival 

Hoosic River Watershed Association 

Hoosic River Activities
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Swimming
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Walk, Hike, Bike
Paddling
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Boating & Sailing
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Fishing
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Swimming

 

As a "Class B Impaired" river, swimming in the Hoosic is allowed but not recommended. There are several parks along the shore of the river that are accessible for swimming. To find out more information on water quality, check out How Clean is the Hoosic River? and the Hoosic River Recreational Assessment

Swimming locations:

  • Linear Park (Williamstown)

  • Clayton Park (Pownal)

  • Storobridge Complex (Pownal)

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Walk, Hike, Bike

 

Walking, hiking, and biking locations:

  • Long-distance trails:

    • The Appalachian Trail, a 2,000-mile footpath from Georgia to Maine. There are several trail shelters along the route. Backpacking The Appalachian Trail takes approx. two to four days. 

    • Taconic Crest Trail (Hancock, MA to Petersburg, NY). A 29 mile-long trail from Madden Road in Hancock to RT 436 in Petersburg. 

  • Short-distance trails:

    • Mt. Greylock State Reservation (Lanesborough). Located at 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough and is handicap accessible. See the state's website​ for more information.  

      • Includes (seasonal) parking fee at summit that is higher for non-MA residents.

    • ​​Mt. Tom State Reservation (Holyoke). A good trail for bird-watching, especially for seeing hawks. 

      • Includes parking fee that is higher for non-Massachusetts residents.
    • ​​Hoosac Range Trail (North Adams). Located at 2441-2599 Mohawk Trail, North Adams. See their trail map

    • The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail (Cheshire, Lanesborough, & Adams) is a 12.7 mile accessible trail. This is an old rail track converted into a 10-foot wide paved trail with multiple access points. 

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Visit this website for more information on trails around the Hoosic River. 

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Paddling

 

Paddling locations:​​

  • Recommended routes in MA from the Hoosic River Watershed Association:

    • North Adams to Lauren’s Launch (Williamstown)

    • Lauren’s Launch (Williamstown) to Clayton Park (Pownal, VT)

Visit HooRWA's page on paddling for more information, including locations in Vermont and New York. 

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Boating & Sailing

 

Please contact us with any information about boating the Hoosic River.

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Fishing

 

Fishing is allowed in certain areas of the Hoosic River. The most common species of fish are Brown Trout, Brook Trout, and Rainbow Trout. 

Fishing locations:

  • For Public Fishing Rights Maps, click here