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IMG_7535Littleville Lake  is surely a destination for me.  It takes about 35 minutes from my home base in Chicopee to get to the south end in Huntington where the dam is.  The few times I’ve been here I have always said I need to go the extra distance and put in on the north end in Chester. Google puts this trip at 45 minutes.  Why?  Because each time I do the paddle to the north end I realize two things; 1) an open water two mile paddle one way is plenty  for me, never mind doing it there and back! 2) the north end always had more pleasures of nature to enjoy. Why not just start there next time?

Here’s pictures of my brother Don traveling both north and south. What a great illusion thinking you’ll just paddle there and back without a lot of effort. Don’t get me wrong though, the lake is quite peaceful and with no houses on the shoreline and very little access it’s very tranquil.  The Middle Branch of the Westfield River was dammed by the Army Corps of Engineers to control flooding and to provide water for the City of Springfield.   At it’s normal summer level the shoreline is rocky and holds little of the forest back.

One of the first times I went was back in 2002, when I was considerably younger!  This first trip was with my brother-in-law’s family, we did a lot of kayak excursions back then. We had about 6 or 7 kayaks all loaded on his kayak trailer.  Don. Rene and Matt fished while the rest of us just enjoyed the scenery on the way north.  The north end is where you’ll want to be. Where the Westfield River empties into the lake is a gem of nature.

The lake gets shallower as you approach.  The clearness of the water is stunning!  On that first trip our kids were only 10 or 11 years old at the time and they in all their excitement were the first out of the kayaks.  They quickly spotted Crayfish scampering on the riverbed.  What a treat it was for them.

We explored the Dayville Access Area.  There is a large parking lot with a very small concrete boat ramp.  Actually it’s plenty large enough for kayaks and canoes as anything bigger would not make it into the lake it was so shallow at this point.  On future trips I would like to explore further up to the Westfield.  Could we portage over a few small rocky areas and find more beautiful spots?  I’d bet yes, but after the long paddle we were content with checking out what was easy.

IMG_7544I so enjoyed just sitting in my kayak and watching and listening to the river babbling over the rocks as it found it’s way into the lake.  Here’s is a link to a short relaxing movie I made, be sure to turn up your speakers 🙂  https://drive.google.com/file/d/18vnR0Ns6aWy9Q5QiCKvTXxBdq9LHG75E/view?usp=sharing

 

As I sat I observed two small deer at the far end of this picture’s focal point. They were only there for a minute too quick for a good shot I’m sad to say.  On the way back we explored more of the northern shore. There was a beaver lodge that must have held a content beaver as there were no signs of a dam in the area.  There is an small island and I did see a Great Blue and a nice spotted sandpiper.

In all this is a great kayaking spot to add to your list.   If your the type of kayaker that enjoys long paddles then you’ll have the best of both worlds here.  Littleville Lake nestled in-between beautiful hills is a truly tranquil place to be.

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