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The Westfield River in Massachusettsmarker flows through Westfieldmarker and empties into the Connecticut River at West Springfield, Massachusettsmarker. It has a 497 sq. mi. drainage area consisting of several tributaries. These include the North Branch, the Middle Branch and the West Branch. The Swift River joins the North Branch near Cummingtonmarker. (Note: there are two Swift Rivers in central Massachusetts). The lower section was formerly known as the Agawam River, not to be confused with the Agawam River in southeastern Massachusetts.

Running for a total of 78.1 miles, the river rises in the Berkshire Hillsmarker in the northwest of the state and flows generally southeastwardly to join the Connecticut River at West Springfield. At one time, the river was so polluted that it would change color based on the nature of the contaminate. Today, the river is cleaner and it is possible to swim in it. It is a state and locally managed river featuring native trout fishing and rugged mountain scenery in the context of a historical mill town settlement. The river provides over 50 miles of whitewater canoeing and kayaking. The river corridor also contains one of the largest roadless wilderness areas remaining in the state and is home to several endangered species.

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