Kayaking the Berkshires
Paddling Littleview Lake
Littleview lake was created by the Corps of Engineers to control flooding on the Middle Branch of the Westfield River. It is a great place to paddle.
The lake is surrounded by trees. There is a typical mix of sugar and red maples,
white ash, oak birch, and some aspen and other. I suspect that fall colors would be gorgeous in
late September or early October. We could see just a hint of color during our
vist (early September). Perhaps we'll find time some day to come back when the
colors are at their peak.
During our paddle we saw a flock of ducks fly in. A couple landed fairly close to Nessie.
We were able to paddle a short distance up the Westfield river, but soon ran out of water and into a large number of exposed rocks. Probably wouldn't be able to paddle much further even if there were more water. The exposed rocks presented a major barrier to additional up river paddling. The water is crystal-clear, as is the water in the other lakes we paddled.
As we paddled back to the boat ramp, we passed a heron sitting on a rock. It was so intent on preening, that itdidn't notice us as we passed by.