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Last Updated: 3/2016
Holoke Dam from South Hadley side at flood stage
STATISTICS

Skill Level:            Class 1
Estimated Time:    6 hours
Reach Distance:  17.7 miles
USGS Maps: 
Springfield North, MA
Springfield South, MA
Broad Brook, CT

South Hadley Canal Park - Mile 85.2
Position: 42-13.35 N 72-36.55 W
Boat Launch:
This is for car top only.  Hike into the park down to the water for take-out.
Nearest Launch Address:
99 W Summit St, South Hadley, MA 01075
Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 3.1 miles  9 minutes)
From Interstate 91 Exit 16  Route 202 toward South Hadley.
  1. At the end of the ramp take Route 202 toward South Hadley.
  2. Follow Route 202 through Holyoke.
  3. At about mile 2.0, Route 202 crosses the Connecticut River.
  4. At mile 2.5, follow around a large rotary 3/4 of the way around to the Summit Street exit.
  5. At mile 2.8, turn left onto West Summit Street.
  6. Follow down to the South Hadley Canal Park at the end.

Perlovski State Ramp - 83.8
Position: 42-12.62 N 72-35.45 W
Boat Launch: 
Nearest Launch Address:
128 Syrek St, Chicopee, MA 01020

Jones Ferry Ramp (Holyoke) Ramp - 80.2
Position: 42-10.33 N 72-37.80 W
Boat Launch: 
Nearest Launch Address:
11 Jones Ferry Road, Holyoke, MA 01040

Chicopee State Boat Ramp - 78.9
Position: 42-09.20 N 72-37.53 W
Nearest Launch Address:
99 Medina St, Chicopee, MA 01013

Pynchon Point Car Top Boat Access - 72.9
Position: 42-05.00 N 72-35.15 W
Boat Launch:
Beautiful paved parking lot just as the road makes a tight turn.
Carry in is about 200 yards to the mouth of the Westfield River.
Nearest Launch Address:
1 South End Bridge Circle # 14, Agawam, MA 01001

Riverfront Park Longmeadow - 71.3
Position: 42-03.75 N 72-35.63 W
Boat Launch:
Unimproved parking area for about 10 vehicles.  Carry in for Car Top boats about 100 yards across grass park to waters edge.
Nearest Launch Address:
240 Anthony Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106

Thompsonville Boat Ramp - Mile 66.7
Position: 41-59.89 N 72-36.33 W
Boat Launch:
Parking for at least 20 vehicles.
Nearest Launch Address:
39 South River St,, Enfield, CT 06082

Angelo Joseph Sferrazza Memorial Park - 64.2
Position: 41-57.80 N 72-36.43 W
Boat Launch: 
Nearest Launch Address: 
53 Parson's Road, Enfield, CT 06082

Holyoke Dam (84.4) to Endfield Connecticut (66.7)

Description

South Hadley Canal Park - Mile 85.2
     This take-out is not the most convinent on the river.  You must carry your boat for about a tenth of a mile up hill.  Read some most interesting history below.

Route 202 Bridge - Mile 84.7
This should be the limit of your paddling.  A barrel barrier is located just down river.  If the river is high remember that it is over 0.3 miles wide.  If you are not a strong paddler you could find yourself up against the barrier paddling for your life!

Holyoke Dam 84.4
Route 116 Bridge 84.0

BELOW DAM
Perlovski State Ramp 83.8
42-12.62 N 72-35.45 W
128 Syrek St, Chicopee, MA 01020
Perlovski State Boat Ramp with plenty of parking
Holyoke Railroad Bridge and Cabot Street Bridge 82.5
Bridges go from Holyoke to Chicopee

Interstate 391 Bridge 81.9

Jones Ferry Ramp (Holyoke) Ramp 80.2
42-10.33 N 72-37.80 W
11 Jones Ferry Road, Holyoke, MA 01040
Chicopee State Boat Ramp just below the Mass. Pike Bridge
South Hadley Canal
    The South Hadley Canal was a canal along the Connecticut River in South Hadley, MA. It is believed to be the earliest navigable canal in the United States, with operation commencing in 1795. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the South Hadley Canal Historic District.
       Rather than use locks, the canal was built with an unusual "inclined plane" to transport 20-foot by 60-foot flatboats over the falls. The inclined plane appears to have been pioneered on England's Ketley Canal in 1788. This was its first use in American canals.
    On the South Hadley Canal's inclined plane, the boat was first maneuvered into a special cart, then hauled up or down a ramp built of solid stone, 275 feet long by 30 feet wide, covered with strong wood planks, and having a slope of 13.5 degrees. Lifting power was supplied by two overshot waterwheels 16 feet in diameter, one on each side of the inclined plane, connected to the cart with chains. The cart had unequal wheel sizes to keep the boat level during transport. Total transport time was about 15 minutes. In 1805, after about 10 years of use, however, the inclined plane was replaced by a series of five locks when it was necessary to deepen the canal.
     Today Canal Park serves as a historic memorial, preserving the remnants of the canal.  Read the rest of this interesting history at Wikipedia by clicking below
Wikipedia
​Chicopee State Boat Ramp 78.9
42-09.20 N 72-37.53 W
99 Medina St, Chicopee, MA 01013
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Located just south of the Route 90 bridges.

Mouth of the Chicopee River 78.4

SPRINGFIELD
North End Bridge 75.4
Memorial Bridge  74.2

Agawam Bondi's Island State Boat Ramp 73.6
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Westfield River Mouth 72.9
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2DStartFragment%2D%2D%3EPynchon Point - Boat Access
42-05.00 N 72-35.15 W
1 South End Bridge Circle # 14, Agawam, MA 01001 ‎
Beautiful paved parking lot just as the road make a tight turn.

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South End Bridge  72.8
​Riverfront Park Longmeadow 71.3
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240 Anthony Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106
http://www.longmeadowma.org/ourtown/chronicles/riverfrontpark.html
Riverfront Park, located on Anthony Road just south of the Yacht Club, is Longmeadow's newest site for public recreation and relaxation. The park offers residents access to over 300 feet of shoreline and a serene and pastoral setting to view the mighty Connecticut River as it courses towards the sea, some eighty miles to the south.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2DEndFragment%2D%2D%3E

Connecticut-Maassachusetts Border - Mile 68.5
42-01.49 N 72-36.41 W

 
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2DStartFragment%2D%2D%3EThompsonville Boat Ramp - Mile 66.7
41-59.89 N 72-36.33 W
39 South River St,, Enfield, CT 06082
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Route 190 Franklin Street Bridge 66.0

Endfield Rapids 65.9

 
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2DStartFragment%2D%2D%3EAngelo Joseph Sferrazza Memorial Park - 64.2
41-57.80 N 72-36.43 W
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