Westfield River - Huntington, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 13.532 W 072° 52.270
18T E 675684 N 4677011
Quick Description: An information kiosk is located at the southeastern end of the Westfield Wild and Scenic River System.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 9/14/2012 4:32:45 AM
Waymark Code: WMF9B6
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 3

Long Description:
On November 2, 1993 segments of the Westfield River System in the hill-towns of western Massachusetts were designated the as the first wild and scenic rivers in Massachusetts. These parts include:

"The West Branch of the Westfield River 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; Gendale 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."

On October 29, 2004 many smaller tributaries were included: Headwaters along the East Branch are:

"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."

The Middle Branch included:

"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."

In total 78.1 miles of this river system has been classified as "Wild and Scenic". Including 32.6 miles designated as recreational, 42.9 miles as scenic, and 2.6 miles as wild.
WILD: no

Number of WILD miles: 2.6

SCENIC: yes

Number of SCENIC miles: 42.9

RECREATIONAL: yes

Number of RECREATIONAL miles: 32.6

River Link: [Web Link]

Support documentation: Not listed

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