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elvis 06-06-2013 08:58 AM

Western MA local knowledge question
OK, I've lurked on the forums long enough (great info and free entertainment!), time to expose my ignorance with a question. I'm heading out to the Deerfield River below Fife Dam for a float trip and hoping to find a decent place to camp the night before between there and Greenfield, preferably camping rough and not at an organized campground. If it happened to be near a stretch of wadeable (by a rookie) water then so much the better!

Any suggestions for both the camping and wading parts of that question? Obviously not asking for a spot burn, just general suggestions. Many thanks!

Aljack 06-06-2013 09:26 PM

It's not "rough" but if it's still open, there is (was?) a small campground on Rt 2 just after the bridge that crosses the river. The road you would take to get to Fife Brook dam is just before the bridge. The river is on the back side of the campground and was one of my first fly fishing spots back in 81.

ljgurke 06-07-2013 07:10 AM

I am pretty sure there is camping in the Mohawk Trail State Forest- semi-organized rather than "rough" (relative terms I guess - I have not camped there but others on this board have). It is at the confluence of the Cold River and Deerfield. It is a good stretch of water there from where the rivers join down to the RR trestle, I pulled some nice browns out one morning last year.

elvis 06-07-2013 09:51 AM

Thanks to you both Aljack and ljgurke! Will make a couple of calls and check out both options. Another acquaintance mentioned someplace called Wilcox Hollow along Rt 2 west of Greenfield but provided no info, checking on that as well.

Now all I have to do is concentrate on catching the fish and not the fat guy chucking the fly...

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