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Welcome to the Westfield River! Here are some fun facts and some great resources to help you explore and enjoy this great river.

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.

Relevant River Information

Environmental Concerns for the Westfield

As of 2020, the biggest environmental concerns for the Westfield River include Macroinvertebrates and 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!

Here are some great organizations that help keep this river clean, healthy and fun to enjoy:

Click an icon below to learn more about Westfield River activities
Hiking, Walk & Run
Boating & Sailing

To learn more about the

Westfield’s events, click here

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Where to go Swimming


The Westfield is one of the cleanest rivers in Massachusetts! 

Where can you swim?  When can you swim?  What organization has information about this?

  • Russell: Jacob's Ladder Trail. 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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Hiking, Walking, Running

Where to go on a walk, run, hike, or bike ride

  • Agawam: Robinson State Park is an area for hiking, running, mountain biking, swimming, boating, and more! There IS a fee to enter. Directions here. Trail map here. 

  • Chesterfield: Chesterfield Gorge: Trail along cliff tops with views on the gorge, river, and forest, with hemlock, ash, and oak. It is home to bears, bobcats, and turkeys. Possible activities include walking, mt biking, dog walking, fishing, picnicking, and more! Directions here. From the Chesterfield Gorge, you can be connected to the East Branch Trail (aka River Road) , a 7 mile trail along the Westfield River. To guide you, the Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee has created a trail brochure, Historical Sites pamphlet, and geology brochure. 

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

  • Huntington: C.M Gardner State Park. Activities include walking, picnicking, fishing, or paddling. Directions here

  • Russell: Noble View Outdoor Center, run by the AMC. Trail map here. Directions here. 

  • Westfield: Mass Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Off Rt 20 (across from “Tommy Associates” on Google maps), this location provides parking for 3-4 cars. There is a trail from here to the river, with seasonal streambeds. 

  • Westfield: Westfield River Walk is a 1.7 mile walking path with views of the Westfield River and access to different parks. For a map, click here. 

  • Westfield: Westfield River Trail is a 5.6 mile loop with views of a waterfall, birds, the westfield river, and more! 

  • Windsor: Windsor State Forest. Map here. 

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Where to go paddling (listed in direction of upstream to downstream)

  • Westfield River Boat Launches

  • For access points, click the following link! Westfield River Access

  • East Branch

    • Huntington: C.M Gardner State Park comes with rolling hills for walking/hiking, places to fish, and launches for boating! 30+ parking spaces. There IS a fee. Directions here. NOTE: potentially dangerous rapids. 

    • Huntington: The Knightville Dam has river access and picnic area. Parking on-road, but additional parking lot ¼ mile north of site. Directions here. NOTE: be aware of potentially dangerous rapids.  

  • Little River 

  • Main Section 

    • Agawam: Robinson State Park is an area for hiking, running, mountain biking, swimming, boating, and more! There IS a fee to enter. Directions here. This area provides access to a flat part of the main area of the Westfield River. Amply parking ~200 years from river access. 

    • Huntington: Jacob's Ladder Pulloff. The parking lot is directly across from “First Student Inc” on Google Maps, off Rt 20. Paved parking area for river access with 20+ parking spots. 

    • Russell: Frog Hollow Access. Off main street in Russell, MA, turn onto Frog Hollow, and the access point is a couple hundred feet down the road. Unpaved parking is available on site, with spots for ~10 cars. NOTE: Access point is ~¼ mile upstream from a potentially dangerous dam. 

    • Westfield: Whitney Field provides parking to an access point to the Westfield River. There are over 20 parking spaces available. 

    • Westfield: Great River Bridge/Riverside Trail. Parking on the street at the intersection of Hanover St and Park St. Walk from here down a trail ~100 yards to access the River near Great River Bridge. 

West Springfield: River Access off Rt 20, just east of Cross Light Gospel Church. Paved parking for 6-8 cars. NOTE: minor rapids ~½ mile downstream. 

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Boating & Sailing

Where to go Boating

You can boat on this river. There are several branches of the river, before combining to become the Westfield. Each branch has different boating conditions. 

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Where to go Fishing

For details about fishing on the Westfield, click here!

  • Sections of the river

    • East Branch: Locations. The East branch is known for rainbow, brown and native brook trout.

    • Main Stem: Shad are commonly caught in the main steam near West Springfield.