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Westfield River Wild & Scenic River

Designated: November 2, 1993 and October 29, 2004

Location: November 2, 1993. The designated segments include: the West Branch from a railway bridge 2000 feet downstream of the Becket Town Center to the Huntington/Chester town line; the Middle Branch from the Peru/Worthington town line downstream to the confluence with Kinne Brook in Chester; Glendale Brook from Clark Wright Road bridge to its confluence with the Middle Branch; the East Branch from the Windsor/Cummington town line to a point 0.8 miles upstream of the confluence with Holly Brook in Chesterfield.

Location: October 29, 2004. Headwater tributaries of the East Branch including Drowned Land Brook from its headwaters in Windsor to the confluence with the East Branch in Savoy; Center Brook from its headwaters below a pond near Savoy Center to its confluence with the East Branch; and Windsor Jambs Brook from the junction of Phelps Brook and Clear Brook to its confluence with the East Branch in Windsor. The Upper East Branch from the confluence with Drowned Land Brook in Savoy to the Windsor/Cummington Town Line. The Lower East Branch from Sykes Brook in Huntington to the confluence with the West Branch. Lower Middle Branch from the Goss Hill Road Bridge downstream to the confluence with the East Branch. Headwater Tributaries of the West Branch including Shaker Mill Brook from Brooker Hill Road in Becket to its confluence with the West Branch; Depot Brook from its headwaters near Beach Road in Washington to the confluence with Shaker Mill Brook in Becket; Savery Brook from the headwaters off Pittsfield Road in Washington to the confluence with Shaker Mill Brook; Watson Brook from the headwaters off Stanley Road in Washington to the confluence with Shaker Mill Brook; and Center Pond Brook from Center Pond to its confluence with the West Branch. Lower West Branch from Chester/Huntington town line downstream to the confluence with the Main Stem. Main Stem from the confluence with the East Branch and Middle Branch in Huntington Center downstream until the Huntington/Russell town line.

Outstanding Resources: Local, regional, and nationally-significant scenic, recreational, geologic, fish & wildlife, historic, and cultural resource values.

Classification/Mileage: Wild - 2.6 miles; Scenic - 42.9 miles; Recreational - 32.6 miles; Total - 78.1 miles

Management Approach: A partnership between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the National Park Service, and the Westfield River W&S Advisory Committee.

Overview: From its origins in the Berkshire Hills in western Massachusetts, the Westfield River links together historic villages, prime farmland, pristine wilderness areas, and waterfalls and gorges of remarkable quality. The river features native trout fishing, rugged mountain scenery, and a historical mill town settlement. The Westfield River provides over 50 miles of the Northeast's finest whitewater canoeing and kayaking. The river corridor also contains one of the largest roadless wilderness areas remaining in the state and is home to several endangered species.

The Westfield River is different from many other partnership rivers in that it was designated through the 2 a ii process of the WSRA. It is a state-administered, locally-initiated designation. But like other PWSRs, community members, municipal officials, conservation organizations, and federal and state agencies have come together to manage and protect this national treasure in partnership. Members of the Westfield River Wild & Scenic Advisory Committee lend their eyes, ears and voices for the river. Serving as liaisons to their respective communities and organizations, committee members raise awareness about the Westfield River and its resources and advocate for their preservation and protection.

Contact Information:

Massachusetts Field Office
Westfield State University
413-579-3016

Liz Lacy
National Park Service
100 East River Road
P.O. Box 395
Pleasant Valley, CT 06063
(work) 860-379-0282
(cell) 860-670-5881
liz_lacy@nps.gov

Map of Westfield River showing designated segments.

Related Links:

Westfield River Wild & Scenic Advisory Committee

MA Department of Fish & Game

Westfield River Watershed Association

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