From its origins in the Berkshire Hills in Western Massachusetts, the Westfield River links together historic villages, prime farmlands, pristine wilderness areas, and waterfalls and gorges of remarkable quality. In recognition of these "outstandingly remarkable" resources, over 78 miles of the Westfield River’s headwater tributaries and three major branches are designated as a National Wild & Scenic River.
Through this locally-initiated designation, community members, municipal officials, conservation organizations, federal and state agencies have come together to manage and protect this national treasure. Members of the Westfield River Wild & Scenic Advisory Committee (WRWSAC) lend their eyes, ears and voices for the river. Serving as liaisons to their respective communities and organizations, members raise awareness about the Westfield River and its resources, and advocate for their preservation and protection.
What's new -
Travel the Watershed: An art exhibit taking you places on the Westfield River
Travel the Watershed is a public art project inspiring you to tour the Westfield River, soak up its beauty, and learn about the watershed. Come view handcrafted wooden suitcases painted by six local artists. The suitcases, along with maps and information about the river, will “travel” the watershed throughout the summer. Catch a glimpse:
June 6 - 30
Becket Arts Center, 7 Brooker Hill Road, Becket
Open Thursday through Sunday, call for times
Artist Reception & Summer Solstice Bash, Friday, June 21, 5-7 & 7-10pm
July 6 - 28
ARTS ALIVE at the Worthington Historical Society
6 Williamsburg Road, Worthington
August 2 - 25
40 Searle Road, Huntington (off Rte 66)
North Hall Gallery will be open for viewing of winning display designs of the Westfield River Wild & Scenic Arts project during the following events:
Aug. 2 - Open mic music jam 7-9 pm
Aug. 4– Lui Collins 4 pm - 6pm
Aug. 17 – Jim Kaminski and Co. 7 pm- 9pm
Aug. 23 – 25 two one act plays:
The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden by Thornton Wilder
Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let me Listen... by Tennessee William
Fri. 23- 8pm; Sat. 24- 2pm & 8pm; Sun. 25- 2pm
Further information about the North Hall Arts festival events may be found at www.northhallhuntington.org
Follow the suitcases as they travel around to the libraries in the Wild & Scenic Hilltown communities.
- Resources for Landowners Along Westfield River (PDF - 121kb)
- Westfield River Landowner Assistance Guide (PDF - 317kb)
"...to preserve, protect and enhance the special qualities and outstanding resources of the Westfield River Watershed in concert with local communities."