The Chicopee River
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Last Updated: 7/2017
General Description
         
         The Chicopee River Watershed is the largest of the 27 major drainage basins in Massachusetts.  It drains more than 720 square miles of central Massachusetts before finally joins the Connecticut River in the City of Chicopee.
​          Amazingliy it includes all or part of 39 cities and towns. The watershed includes approximately 135 rivers, 842 miles of brooks and streams, and 170 lakes, ponds, and reservoirs that collectively cover more than 48 square miles. It is comprised of three major river systems: the Swift, Ware, and Quabog Rivers.  The three rivers join to form the Chicopee River in a section of Palmer appropriately named Three Rivers.  What might seem surprising is that the Chicopee River itself is only 18 miles long.

        For more information try the two buttons below.  The first is the state and the second is the Chicopee Watershed Council also known as Chicopee 4Rivers Watershed.




STATISTICS

Total Length: 18 miles 

         The miles are numbered from the mouth of the river in Chicopee MA where the river flows into the Connecticut River to the village of Three Rivers.  It is here where the Swift River, Ware River and Quaboag River combine and become the Chicopee River.


Massachusetts Government on the Chicopee River Watershed
Chicopee River
Watershed Council
Amazing History
Read some very interesting history of this complex short river that drops over 250 feet over 18 miles.
Chicopee River Dams
 
There are 7 dams on the Chicopee River, owned by multiple utilities:​​
Mile

17.4
17.0
15.25
12.6
9.15
7.6
3.0
1.0
Name

Ruins
Ruins
Red Bridge
Collins
Putts Dam
Indian Orchard
Dwight
Chicopee Falls
Owner

 Massachusetts Electric Co. (former Otis Co.) removed 1965
Otis C. abandoned Ruins after failed lawsuit with Ludlow Mills
Nautilus Hydro LLC (formerly Essential Power Hydro)
(Collins at Cottage Ave bridge) Ampersand Collins Hydro LLC
Nautilus Hydro LLC (formerly Essential Power Hydro)
Nautilus Hydro LLC (formerly Essential Power Hydro)
Nautilus Hydro LLC (formerly Essential Power Hydro)
Chicopee River History
 RIVER LEVEL
National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service
Chicopee at Indian Orchard
Holyoke, MA
Access Points
        We have carefully cataloged each access point and significant location of the lower Swift River.  There are more locations that can be used but the list matchs up with the usable reaches.
 
Mile

18.0
15.2
​15.2
15.0
13.2

12.7
  9.6
  9.2
  7.6
  7.6
  7.6
  3.0
  1.0

Mile
78.9
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MASSACHUSETTS

Head Waters in Three Rivers
Red Bridge Pool Launch​
​Red Bridge Pool 
Red Bridge Below Dam
Twelve Mile Brook Launch

Collins Dam above Cottage Ave Bridge
Putts Bridge Project Launch
Putts Dam
​Indian Orchard Dam Portage Take-Out
Indian Orchard Dam Portage Put-In
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Dwight Dam
Chicopee Falls

 (On Connecticut River)
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Latitude & Longitude

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42-10.63 N 72-24.46 W
(Circumference)
42-10.46 N 72-24.61 W
42-09.17 N 72-24.51 W

42-09.46 N 72-25.36 W
42-09.17 N 72-28.67 W
42-09.37 N 72-29.07 W
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42-09.74 N 72-30.15 W
42-09.65 N 72-30.07 W
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         Nearest Street Address​​

2035 Bridge St, Palmer, MA 01080
2 Red Bridge Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095
2 Red Bridge Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095
1600 East Street, Ludlow, MA 01056
3067 Boston Rd Wilbraham, MA 01095

8 Cottage Avenue, Ludlow, MA 01056 
40 River Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095
1 Ludlow Avenue, Indian Orchard, Springfield, MA
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141 Goddu Street, Chicopee, MA 01020
267 Water Street, Indian Orchard, MA 01151
141 E Main Street, Chicopee, MA 01020
449 Front Street, Chicopee, MA 01013
(Public Library)

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