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Paddling Committee

The Paddling Committee organizes quietwater and whitewater canoeing and kayaking trips. We love to get people on the water, and can provide instruction for new paddlers. We are blessed to have a variety of places to paddle in our region from quiet ponds to larger lakes, mellow rivers and whitewater rivers. The Connecticut River offers long and short paddle trips and even water-accessible campsites.
Please read the AMC Trip Policy (PDF) before joining a trip.

Whitewater Paddling

Whitewater paddling means canoeing and kayaking on moving water with rocks, waves, and other features. We paddle local rivers such as the Deerfield which is dam controlled and allows for whitewater paddling April through October. We are happy to have new paddlers join us on some of our easier trips. Whitewater training is available through local whitewater schools such as Zoar Outdoor or through the AMC's whitewater training programs lead by other AMC chapters. We sometimes sponsor a day-long whitewater kayak clinic with Zoar Outdoor – check the trip schedule for this and other whitewater events.

Quietwater Paddling

"Quietwater" paddling means scenic canoeing or kayaking on lakes, ponds, and gentle rivers. Western Massachusetts has some splendid rivers and lakes for quietwater paddling. We'll take you there, and we can even help provide you with a boat and gear. We teach the basics of boating safety and effective paddling at our annual instructional program. Our quietwater trips are listed in the trip schedule. Sign up for the quietwater discussion list. For questions or information email us.

River Stewardship

We educate paddlers on water quality and identification of invasive species. In conjunction with AMC's Conservation Committee, we organize river stewardship events to remove invasive water chestnut plants from local rivers.

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Upcoming Activities

Click or tap on the Register links to learn more and/or register for activities.

Canoeing: An Introduction to River Paddling

Location: Lakes Region, NH
Date: 20‑Apr‑2024 ➢ 21‑Apr‑2024
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The Canoe School, taught by volunteers, provides flat water, moving water, Class 1 & mild Class 2 whitewater instruction. Prior flatwater and/or quickwater experience is helpful. The school teaches you the skills and preparation to paddle rivers with Class 1 and Class 2 whitewater.
Day 1 is flat water and moving water. Day 2 is Class 1 and mild Class 2 whitewater. You can sign up for one day or both days. Students may attend for solo or tandem instruction. Some loaner canoes are available for the school. Materials will be provided for review before the school and may include an on-line meeting.
Sat is 8AM to 6PM in central NH (depending on water levels). Sun is 9AM to late afternoon on a nearby river.
The weather in April is unpredictable. It could be freezing, snowing, raining, or nice and mild. For more information contact the leader. This is for tandem and solo canoes. There is a whitewater kayak school in May and another in June.

Intro to Whitewater Kayaking

Location: Lakes Region, NH
Date: 18‑May‑2024 ➢ 19‑May‑2024
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Have you ever wondered what it's like to paddle a kayak on a turbulent river? This is your chance to "test the waters" in a supported environment with experienced volunteer coaches.
Day 1: Location TBD. Flatwater and easy Class 1 and 2 rapids. Day 2: Location TBD. Run a Class 2 river, practicing and solidifying all the skills you learned on Day 1. Please see the activity listing for more information.

Intermediate Whitewater Paddlers

Location: Fife Dam, MA
Date: 19‑May‑2024
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Paddle a 5-6 mile section (Fife section) of Class II whitewater on the Deerfield River with some instruction. You will need a whitewater boat, paddle, life jacket, helmet, water shoes and appropriate clothing (wetsuit or drysuit). We will do some instructional in eddys. This trip will focus on eddy turns, peel outs, ferries and basic paddling strokes.
Prerequisites: It's expected you have some existing whitewater paddling experience, including a basic wet exit. You should be comfortable paddling in current as well as being able to eddy turn.
Boat rental: One sit-on-top whitewater boat may be available for rent from AMC Western MA - $25. AMC CT may have rentals available for a fee. Rentals will require pickup and return. Contact the leader for more information.
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Whitewater Class II Fife Section

Location: Deerfield, MA
Date: 30‑Jun‑2024
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Paddle a 5-6 mile section (Fife section) of class II whitewater on the Deerfield River with some instruction. You will need a whitewater boat, paddle, life jacket, helmet, water shoes and appropriate clothing (wetsuit or drysuit). We will do some instructional in eddys. This trip will focus on eddy turns, peel outs, ferries and basic paddling strokes.
Prerequisites: It's expected you have some existing whitewater paddling experience, including a basic wet exit. You should be comfortable paddling in current as well as being able to eddy turn.
Boat rental: One sit-on-top whitewater boat may be available for rent from AMC Western MA - $25. CT AMC may have rentals available for a fee. Rentals will require pickup and return. Contact the leader for more information.
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Whitewater Class II Fife Sectio

Location: Deerfield, MA
Date: 18‑Jul‑2024
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Paddle a 5-6 mile section (Fife section) of class II whitewater on the Deerfield River with some instruction. You will need a whitewater boat, paddle, life jacket, helmet, water shoes and appropriate clothing (wetsuit or drysuit). We will do some instructional in eddys. This trip will focus on eddy turns, peel outs, ferries and basic paddling strokes.
Prerequisites: It's expected you have some existing whitewater paddling experience, including a basic wet exit. You should be comfortable paddling in current as well as being able to eddy turn.
Boat rental: One sit-on-top whitewater boat may be available for rent from AMC Western MA - $25. CT AMC may have rentals available for a fee. Rentals will require pickup and return. Contact the leader for more information.
More details

Activity Schedule

All activities are subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions or water levels. Check activities on outdoors.org for up-to-the-minute additions not yet shown here. Not all activities may be posted yet.
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