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Towns in the Westfield River Watershed:

  • Becket

  • Chester

  • Chesterfield

  • Cummington

  • Huntington

  • Middlefield

  • Russell

  • Savoy

  • Washington

  • Westfield

  • Windsor

  • Worthington 

Major Tributaries:
  • The West Branch

  • Middle Branch

  • East/North Branch

  • Little River

Organizations working in the

Westfield River Watershed​:

Wild and Scenic Westfield River Committee

Westfield River Watershed Association

What's going on in the Westfield River Watershed? Click here & here to find out! 

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Environmental Concerns for the Westfield

As of 2020, the biggest environmental concern for the Westfield River is invasive species. To learn about the water quality of the Westfield, click here for an interactive map. To learn more about the invasive species, click here!

Additional Facts


  • Segments of the westfield river were first classified as Wild & Scenic in 1993, but today the entirety of the river is Wild & Scenic.
Did You Know?
  • The Westfield River has one of the best cold water fisheries in the commonwealth. It also has some of the best whitewater canoeing/kayaking in the northeast! The Westfield River Whitewater Races have been running since 1953, making it the oldest of the US. Click here for more facts about the westfield!

Westfield River Activities
Walk, Hike, Bike
Boating & Sailing
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Swimming locations:

  • Jacob's Ladder Trail (Russel). Parking on a pull off from I-90 (turnpike). Trail down to a view of the water and a swimming hole to jump into! 

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Walking, Hiking, Biking


Walking, hiking, and biking locations:

  • Robinson State Park (Agawam) includes hiking, running, mountain biking, swimming, boating, and more! There is a fee to enter. Directions here. Trail map here

  • Chesterfield Gorge (Chesterfield) Trail along cliff tops with views on the gorge, river, and forest. It is home to bears, bobcats, and turkeys. Directions here. From here, you can be connected to the East Branch Trail (aka River Road). 

  • Keystone Arch Bridges Trail (Chester). Moderate hike featuring the historical Keystone Arch Bridge. 2.5 mile trail, 5 mile hike out and back. 

  • C.M Gardner State Park (Huntington). Directions here.

  • Noble View Outdoor Center (Russell), run by the AMC. Directions here

  • Mass Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (Westfield). Off Rt 20 (across from “Tommy Associates” on Google maps). 

    • Parking available for 3 to 4 cars.​

  • Westfield River Walk (Westfield) is a 1.7 mile walking path with views of the Westfield River and access to different parks. 

  • Westfield River Trail (Westfield) is a 5.6 mile loop with views of a waterfall and the Westfield river. 

  • Windsor State Forest (Windsor). Map here

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Paddling locations:

East Branch

  • C.M Gardner State Park (Huntington) includes rolling hills for walking/hiking, places to fish, and launches for boating! Directions here. NOTE: potentially dangerous rapids. 

    • 30+ parking spaces. There is a fee.


Little River 


Main Section 

  • Robinson State Park (Agawam) is an area for hiking, running, mountain biking, swimming, boating, and more! Directions here. Includes access to a flat part of the main area of the Westfield River. 

    • Parking ~200 yards from river access. 

    • Includes entry fee.

  • Frog Hollow Access (Russell). Off main street in Russell, turn onto Frog Hollow. The access point will be a couple hundred feet down the road. NOTE: Access point is ~¼ mile upstream from a potentially dangerous dam.

    • Unpaved parking available on site, with spots for ~10 cars.

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Boating & Sailing


Boating is permitted on the Westfield River. Please contact us if you have more information​.

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For details about fishing on the Westfield, click here! ​Rainbow, brown and native brook trout are commonly caught along the east steam, while shad are typical of the main stem.