• 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

Hydrology

• Click on the map below to view all of the Deerfield River’s tributary streams in detail (directs to a new webpage)

Map_preview• You can find the flow of the Deerfield River right now reported in cubic feet per second.  The US Geological Survey displays the flows in a graph that looks like the one below.  The graph below shows the hydropeaking of the river at Charlemont due to hydroelectric dam releases from the upstream Fife Brook Dam.  “Cubic Feet per Second” is a measurement that reports the volume of water passing a point along the river EVERY SECOND!

 

USGS Gauge in Charlemont

USGS Gauge in West Deerfield

Deerfield river gauge

Watershed Statistics:

  • Drainage area: about 665 square miles (347 in MA)
  • Mainstem miles: 70.2 (44 in MA)
  • River and stream miles: 649.7
  • Perennial river miles: 589.3
  • Lakes in the watershed: 49 (7023.3 watershed acres)
  • Major tributaries: North Branch, South Branch, East Branch and West Branch in Vermont; Cold, Chickley, Bear, South, and Green Rivers in Massachusetts (North and Green originate in VT)
  • Perimeter: 130.74 mi
  • Some subwatersheds:
    North River: 92.4 square miles
    Green River: 89.9 square miles
    Cold River: 31.7 square miles
    Chickley River: 27.4 square miles
    South River: 26.3 square miles
    Clesson Brook: 21.2 square miles