• The Deerfield River is tributary to the Connecticut River, depicted here in Thomas Cole's famous 1836 painting

  • The Deerfield River in its floodplain eroding through the red sandstone that makes up Mount Sugarloaf.

  • Swimming hole on the Deerfield (photo: Art Schwenger)

  • Rafters enjoying a summer day on the river (Photo: Art Schwenger)

  • Sunset during December over the Deerfield Valley (photo: A Schwenger)

  • Autumn along the Deerfield RIver


The Deerfield River Watershed Association is an all volunteer non-profit with the mission to preserve and protect the resources of our watershed in Southern Vermont and Northwestern Massachusetts.  This mission is focused around the natural habitat and ecosystems of the area, but includes the well-being of our local communities and economy, both of which draw on the wonderful resources in our watershed.

Core Efforts

  • Furnish opinions on all public matters related to river or water usage within the watershed
  • Monitor habitat status and resources within the watershed – see our Vernal Pools  or Macroinvertebrates section to learn more about these efforts
  • RiverFest! is an annual celebration of all things Deerfield River where we celebrate and educate about the many natural resources and area businesses in the watershed
  • Cleanups and Access – we run an annual cleanup on the Green River, a tributary that enters the Deerfield River in Greenfield.  We also maintain the Mahican-Mohawk Trail, which follows the river.