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Over 78 miles of the Westfield River’s headwater tributaries and three major branches are designated as a National Wild & Scenic River. Here are just some of the reasons why the Westfield River is so special and what made it eligible for the National Wild & Scenic Designation:
- One of the best cold water fisheries in the Commonwealth
- One of the finest whitewater canoeing and kayaking areas in the northeastern U.S.
- The grand and historic Keystone Arch Bridges, circa 1840s
- Glendale Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the Commonwealth
- Historic river-side villages and remains of colonial-era bridges
- Unique geological features, such as the Windsor Jambs and the Chesterfield Gorge
- Scenic picnic locations and places to wade into the river along the East Branch Trail
- One of the largest roadless wilderness areas remaining in Massachusetts
- Critical habitat for fish, waterfowl, turtles, dragonflies, black bear, otter, and other creatures, including many rare species
- Clean, high quality water for wildlife and a source of public drinking water
We work in partnership with local communities, municipal officials, conservation organizations and federal and state agencies to manage the river and maintain the health of the entire watershed for nearby and downstream communities.