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Photographer's Note

About 15 years ago I ran this section of the Deerfield River in a 16ft. closed canoe. Today it is scarey to just look at it.
Deerfield River, Fife Brook Section
5 miles of class 1-3

This section of the Deerfield River is a great beginner run. Starting with easy class 1 rapids and building gradually up to a culmination at the class 3 Zoar Gap, the Fife Brook section gives beginners a chance to hone their skills and work up to harder whitewater. Be sure you can identify the Gap from upstream, as many paddlers have floated into it unintentionally. The Fife Brook section has releases all summer long, providing a warm learning environment.

Most paddlers take out at the Gap, but another three miles of class 1-2 whitewater continue to the Route 2 bridge past one of the best squirt boating spots in the northeast. To reach the takeout at Zoar Gap, take Route 2 west to Charlemont, Massachusetts (and Zoar Outdoor). About two miles past Charlemont turn right onto Zoar Road (just before the Route 2 bridge over the Deerfield). The first bridge over the Deerfield on Zoar Road is the takeout just downstream from Zoar Gap, with ample parking available. To reach the put-in continue upstream on Zoar Road which becomes River Road. About one mile after a railroad crossing, a dirt access road on the right leads to the dam. Turn here, park, and put in. There is limited space here so be sure you can turn around. Release information is available on the American Whitewater website.

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  • Copyright: Tom O'Donnell (gunbud) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5926 W: 8 N: 8034] (34066)
  • Genre: Miejsca
  • Medium: Kolorowe
  • Date Taken: 2006-02-00
  • Categories: Natura
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  • Date Submitted: 2007-02-19 12:45
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