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Last Updated: 7/2017
 Collins Dam above Green-Towne Bridge
to Putts Dam at Ludlow Avenue Bridge

Description

Mile 12.6 - Collins Dam above Green-Towne Bridge - Portage 
Collins Hydro Electric Project is the official name of this dam.  It is owned by Ampersand Collins Hydro LLC. There are no signs for portage.  Take-Out on river right (west) above the blue barrels barrier.  There is a private road here with a small parking area.  Follow around the dam and Put-In below the dam but above the Cottage Avenue Bridge.

Mile 9.6Putts (Put's is more correct) Bridge Project Launch
     Use this launch as your Take-Out after traveling down to the barrier and dam area.  You can use this as your Put-In/Take-Out to avoid the portage at Cottage Street if you only wish to paddle this reach only.

Mile 9.1 - Putts Dam at Ludlow Avenue - Wallamanumps Falls
        There is no designated portage around this dam.  It appears that there is private land/commercial land all around the area.
Possible Portage
        All this be said, there is a possible portage done with some difficulty.  On the Indian Orchard side of the river, take out at a small wooded area just above the river barrier.  This spot is used by people fishing.  It is on land owned by a former bank and is now for sale.  It borders a parking lot and is easily accessible.  Follow a trail around the dam and under the bridge.  If the river is high the put in is extremely dangerous.  During normal levels you can lower your boat down to the rocks below.  Good Luck!

Read the amazing history about by clicking Wallamanumps Falls below:

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STATISTICS

Skill Level:            Class 1
Estimated Time: 
   1.5 hours
Distance:
              3.5 miles
USGS Map:
 Ludlow, MA (7.5’x15’)



Collins Dam above Cottage Avenue Bridge - Portage
Position: 42-09.46 N 72-25.36 W
Boat Launch: 
There are no signs for portage.  Take-Out on river right above the blue barrels barrier.  There is a private road here with a small gravel parking area.  Follow around the dam and Put-In below the dam but above the Cottage Avenue Bridge.
Nearest Launch Address:
8 Cottage Avenue, Ludlow, MA 01056

Put-In/Take-Out Directions: 3.6 miles, 9 min.
From US Route 90 (Mass. Turnpike) take Exit 7:
  1. After the tollbooths, at stoplight, turn right on Route 21 North
  2. At mile 0.5, turn right at stoplight onto Chapin Street.
  3. At mile 3.4, at stop sign, the road becomes Cottage Avenue. 
  4. At mile 3.5, turn left onto a private road just before the bridge/dam.
  5. Go a short distance to a gravel parking area next to the dam.

Putts Bridge Project Launch
Position: 42-09.17 N 72-28.67 W​
Boat Launch: 
Roadside launch with a small gravel ramp.  There is parking for no more than two vehicles.  Use caution because you are on a busy main road.
Nearest Launch Address:
40 River Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095

Put-In/Take-Out Directions: 1.5 miles, 5 min.
From US Route 90 (Mass. Turnpike) take Exit 7:
  1. After the tollbooths, at stoplight, turn left on Route 21 South
  2. Follow Route 21 into town at mile 1.0 cross the Chicopee River after a stop light on the Ludlow Avenue Bridge.
  3. At mile 1.1, turn left at stoplight onto Main Street.  This becomes Stony Hill Road.
  4. At mile 1.2, bear left onto River Road. 
  5. At mile 1.5, arrive at the launch on left.  There is a brown sign indicating Putts Bridge Project.

Putts Dam at Ludlow Avenue Bridge
Position: 42-09.37 N 72-29.07 W
Boat Launch: 

Nearest Launch Address:
1 Ludlow Avenue, Indian Orchard, Springfield, MA

Directions: 1.1 miles, 4 min.
From US Route 90 (Mass. Turnpike) take Exit 7:
  1. After the tollbooths, at stoplight, turn left on Route 21 South
  2. Follow Route 21 into town at mile 1.0 cross the Chicopee River after a stop light on the Ludlow Avenue Bridge.
  3. At mile 1.1, arrive at bridge and dam.

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Chicopee River History
 Putts Bridge Project Launch
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 Putts Bridge Project Launch has Limited Parking and dangerous for trailers
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 Putts Dam with a view of the Take-Out just above the barrier on the Indian Orchard side (river left)
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 Putts Dam Take-Out trail.
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 Putts Dam Take-out. Easy landing.
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 Putts Dam Difficult Put-In down steep slope.  Impossible with high river.
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 A view looking down river from Putts Dam under Ludlow Avenue Bridge
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