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Our Paddle Committee organizes various paddle sports: quietwater and whitewater canoeing and kayaking, whitewater and sea kayaking, and whitewater rafting.

We publish Ferry Tales, a periodic newsletter (now also available in PDF format here) with dam release schedules, trip schedules, boating articles and other AMC-Berkshire paddling information. If you're an AMC-Berkshire member and would like to receive this, tell our Canoe & Kayak Chair (see below) that you want to be added to the paddlers list. Or get in touch with them if this website doesn't answer all your questions and you want more paddling information.

Paddle Chair: Charles Murray (


Ferry Tales Archive

Below are links to download the Canoe & Kayak committee's newsletter, Ferry Tales, in PDF format.

2015: Spring

2014: Spring

2010: Spring

Whitewater Paddling

NOTICE - Monroe Bridge on the Deerfield River is closed this year! Be sure to make alternative parking arrangements.

Whitewater paddling means canoeing, kayaking, and rafting down turbulent and exciting rivers.

Quietwater Paddling

Marsh canoeing

"Quietwater" paddling means scenic canoeing or kayaking on lakes, ponds, and relatively calm rivers. Western Massachusetts has some splendid rivers and lakes for quietwater canoeing. We'll take you there, and we can even help provide you with a boat and gear.

Sea Kayaking

Sea kayaking is technical paddling on ocean estuaries, bays, and coastlines, often for multi-day trips.

Rather than have a fixed schedule of trips, we spontaneously organize them when there's interest. Contact Michael Zabre (413.665.5058, for monthly possibilities.

Please read the AMC Trip Policy before joining a trip.

Rating System

Beginner: Paddler should be able to paddle 5 miles in calm waters.

Boat Rental

We have a small fleet of flatwater and whitewater canoes and kayaks available for rent to club members, or to anyone participating in a club trip, at reasonable prices.

All rentals must be arranged in advance; if you're interested, contact Al Howcroft (413.256.1301,

All rentals include PFD ("life jacket" for you old-schoolers), paddle(s), helmet, and spray skirt as appropriate for the particular boat. Note that you will need some way to transport the boat, like a roof rack and ropes!


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