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Pertaining in some way to non-technical paddling on calm, slow-moving water.

The Great American Outdoors Act

The Great American Outdoors Act
By: Leah Brodsky, Social Media Editor

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.

Whitewater River Gauges

As time and attention span permits, we hope to list more river level and release schedule information here. In the meantime, here are some useful links to river level and release schedule information:

Some specific gauges for local rivers:

The Women of Paddling

The Women of Paddling

By: Leah Brodsky, Social Media Editor

The Berkshire chapter is blessed to have many strong female leaders within its volunteer ranks. This year, two of our officers are women (our vice chair and our treasurer), and women lead our Bicycling, Outings, and Paddling committees. In fact, the chapter’s paddling operation has recently been revitalized thanks to the enthusiastic leadership of three amazing women: Mary Therese Durr, Bonna Wieler, and Dee Dice.

Paddling 101: How To Pick a Boat

Paddling 101: How To Pick A Boat

By: Leah Brodsky, Social Media Editor

Paddling is a fun and exciting activity. You want to be out on the water more. But how do you pick the right boat for you? This how-to article focuses on the selection of a boat and the different factors that go into the decision-making, including: location, materials, and size. In the last section of this article, there is a list of a few different boat options with their specifics.

Location

The most important factor of picking a boat is where you will be boating.

FACILITY AND PROGRAM CLOSURES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

On March 16, 2020, the Appalachian Mountain Club announced facility and program closures.

Please visit this page for details.

Please stay safe and healthy during this difficult time.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to email chair@amcberkshire.org.

Paddling Trips: Whitewater and Flatwater

The Berkshire Chapter's Paddling Committee organizes various paddle sports: quietwater and whitewater canoeing and kayaking, whitewater and sea kayaking, and whitewater rafting.

For activity-specific information, see:

Paddling Committee Chair: Dee Dice, Mary Therese Durr, and Bonna Wieler (paddling@amcberkshire.org)

Nice BK Committee Desperately Seeking Storage Barn

The BK Paddling Committee is losing our wonderful boat storage in Amherst and we need to move our boats and related gear soon.
Do you have a potential space for us? Do you know anyone who might?

AND → We are also selling about half of our boats, which includes sea kayaks, whitewater kayaks, open boats, etc. Plus, our inventory includes life jackets, paddles, etc. THE PRICE IS RIGHT! (Make us an offer…)

Warner Pond

Warner Pond, just a few yards off Route 47 and bordered by Warner Hill and North Hadley farmlands, was a relaxing two-plus hour paddle last Saturday under a sun and puffy cloud blue sky. Swans with their cygnets, painted turtles, and a maze of blossoming Pond and Swamp Dock Lilies greeted us as we slowly meandered past a shoreline teaming with the signs and sounds of plant and animal life.

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace™ (LNT) is a philosophy of backcountry recreation that stresses leaving the wilderness as untouched as possible by your visit. It’s also a program designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts understand and minimize their recreational impacts on the land.

AMC partners with Leave No Trace, Inc. to promote responsible outdoor recreation. Leave No Trace, Inc. has established the seven Leave No Trace Principles that serve as guidelines for those who enjoy outdoor recreation.

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