Chicopee River Reach 4

Last Updated: 7/2017
Ludlow Avenue Bridge
to Dwight Dam at Route 141/33 Bridge 


Mile 9.1 - Putts Dam at Ludlow Avenue Bridge
42-09.37 N 72-29.07 W
1 Ludlow Avenue, Indian Orchard, Springfield, MA

Mile 8.5 - Indian Leap
42-09.61 N 72-29.34 W
3 Rogers Avenue, Ludlow, MA 01056
Access Description:
Park on Joy Street.  Walk to the end of Rogers Avenue.  There is a break in the concrete barrier at the end of the avenue.  Go down this small trail and turn right on a main trail.  Follow the trail 0.2 miles to the end where Indian Leap is located.
NOTE: People leave a lot of trash. If possible, please bring a plastic bag and help carry out trash even if it is not yours.

Mile 7.6 - Indian Orchard Dam Public Access
42-09.65 N 72-30.07 W
267 Water Street, Indian Orchard, MA 01151
Car top access with parking for 6 vehicles.

Mile 7.6 - Indian Orchard Dam Portage Take-Out
Take-Out Position:
42-09.74 N 72-30.10 W
Nearest Address: 53 Goddu Street, Ludlow, MA 01056
Portage Description:

Paddle down river to the dam barrier to river right.  Take out just above the barrier at trail.  Follow the trail around the dam and concrete barrier.  Follow the trail below the dam to a small cove where you can put-in on some rocks.  Poison Ivy is along the trail so use caution.
Road Access:
At the end of Goddu Street there is a small gate that you can walk through. Follow the trail to the dam where the Take-Out and Put-In is located above the barrier and below the dam.

Mile 6.1 to 6.9 - Former Monsanto Chemical Plant
Located on the south shore, river left, is the former Monsanto Chemical Plant.  The name was changed to Solutia and was soley owned by Monsanto.  In 2012 Eastman Chemical Company acquired the plant.  The site’s products are used for windshield weight reduction and reduced interior cabin noise for the automotive industry and for architectural use, offering a variety of benefits ranging from sound reduction to high impact hurricane protection.
QUESTION: Did Monsanto polute the river when it was still legal before the laws in the 1970s?

Mile 3.0 - Dwight Dam Needs scouting for Portage
42-09.60 N 72-34.85 W
141 E Main St, Chicopee, MA 01020

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Skill Level:            Class 1
Estimated Time: 
   2 plus hours
              6.1 miles
 Ludlow, MA and Springfield North, MA (7.5’x15’)

​Read the history of Wallamanumps Falls and Indian Leap by clicking on the button below:
Chicopee River History
Indian Orchard Dam Take-Out
Located near Goddu Street Ludlow, MA
Indian Orchard Dam Put-In
Located near Goddu Street Ludlow, MA
Indian Orchard Public Access
Parking for 6 to 8 vehicles
Indian Orchard Dam 
A view below dam on the Ludlow side
Indian Leap
A spectacular view with the RR Bridge abutment.
Indian Leap
Yes! It's over 35 feet high.
Dwight Dam
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You Tube: Indian Leap
You Tube: Face Plant of the Leap
You Tube Video: Indian Leap Train