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Assabet River - Marlboro put-in off Robin Hill Street

Trip Overview

The water was very low which made navigating downstream toward Hudson difficult. A lot of tree and brush debris which I would expect normally to be under water blocked a lot of the river. I'll come back another day when the water level is higher to see if the trip would be more enjoyable. Saw at least 50+ turtles, one heron (multiple times :) ) and a flock of wood ducks. Weather was beautiful! The parking is limited to about 5-7 vehicles and the put-in point is very muddy with such a low waterline at this time. Wear proper foot attire and be prepared to sink to your ankles or more in muck.
  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Number of Portages: 0
Lots of boulders just below the surface and with the glare on the water it made navigating the narrow river difficult. Hung up on rocks a couple of times.
Valuable experience when I did a wet-exit at an unassuming point in the river but quickly realized the need to ALWAYS use my paddle tether. While the water was only waist deep in this bend my paddle quickly started heading back downstream without me. Also proved to be a great incentive to purchase a bilge pump and paddle float for self-rescue situations. I wasn't in any stress, because of the shallowness and narrow river but this was a great lesson on not being fully prepared even for a technically unchallenging paddle.
Lots of debris to navigate. Low water.

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