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Westfield Watershed Recreation Guide

The Westfield River drains about 528 square miles of southwestern Massachusetts. It is one of the most beautiful and pristine of the rivers of southern New England. In the 1990s, 43 miles of the upper Westfield were designated "Wild and Scenic" by the National Park Service - the first such designation in Massachusetts! The river is a major recreational and economic resource for the 27 communities within its drainage basin. Follow these links to find ways to enjoy the watershed. Another good source of information on recreational opportunites in the Berkshires (including the Westfield Watershed) is the Hidden Hills website, which includes detailed town maps. You can view and download (for free) topographic maps of anywhere in the United States at the US Geological Survey Store.

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Much of this information was compiled for WRWA's Westfield River User's Guide in 1999. Please forward questions, corrections or suggestions to Mike Young.