The Deerfield River is an excellent destination for a wide range of paddlers. Beginning in southern Vermont and snaking its way through western Massachusetts, the Deerfield offers a beautiful environment for paddling. Winding through forests, towns, bridges, and large rocks, the scenery takes paddlers a world away from the busy city of Boston. Add in a high probability of wildlife sightings, as well as a whitewater outfitter conveniently located right at your put in point, and you have yourself a fully stacked paddling destination. All of this is right at your finger tips, more or less anyways. A quick and painless two and a half hours drive from Boston will have you out of the city and paddling your face off.
What Makes It Great
The 76 mile river is split up by numerous dams, all of which release at different times and different flow rates. At any point, there can be whitewater raging at up to class V on one section of the Deerfield and a few miles down the river, the water can be flowing at classes II and I. The best way to know when to paddle is to check the release dates and flow rates online. By planning ahead, you can make sure that you are paddling at level that you are comfortable with, which will in turn keep you safe and allow you to enjoy your time on the water.
Should you choose to stay overnight after your long day of adventures on the water, Zoar Outdoor offers a variety of options for you to consider. From tent sites, to cabin-tents, and even a lodge capable of sleeping up to 14 people, theres bound to be something that suits your fancy. As an added bonus, the sleeping sites are all located right on the Deerfield River and amongst the trees, giving a real wilderness feel to your stay. Zoar asks that visitors please call the office at (800 532-7483) for available dates.
Who is Going to Love It
The Deerfield River truly has it all. Whether you’ve been paddling whitewater since you were knee high to a grasshopper or you're brand new to the game, the Deerfield has something to offer you. A particularly beneficial note of interest to all parties considering the paddling Deerfield is the outdoor outfitter Zoar Outdoor.
Considered by many to be the experts of the area, Zoar will be able to hook you up with whatever gear or information you need before you head out to splash around. If you find yourself with a group of less-experienced paddlers, they even offer a variety of guided whitewater adventures to choose from.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From Boston, take I-93 North to MA-16 West to MA-2 West. Follow MA-2 West to I-91 South and then take Exit 26 to hop back on MA-2 West. Continue on MA-2 West and Zoar will be down on your right.
If you utilize Zoar Outdoor’s camping sites, pricing is as follows: