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A-1 Site in Massachusetts

by  guest-paddler

A self-supported trip created by guest-paddler

Trip Overview

A-1 Site is the headwaters of the Assabet River. It was created by building the George H. Nichols Dam. It is a 325-Acre shallow lake. When it was created, trees were not removed before flooding. Over the years they have fallen creating a maze of fallen trees and stumps. It is a wonderful fishing spot. Boats are allowed, but the prudent captain sticks to the small section that is tree free or else carefully navigates the rest of the lake. If paddling, it is best to go slow as hitting submerged logs could capsize the unsuspecting voyageur. I spotted Osprey nests with young in some of the few remaining standing trees. All in all an interesting paddle and worth the time if you fish. It is not necessarily a "Quiet" paddle as a Railroad runs parallel to one side of the lake. Still, a worthwhile couple of hours.


Off Mill Road in Westboro. Mill road is a half mile south of Westboro center

Trip Details

  • Trip Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water

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