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Assabet River in Massachusetts

Trip Overview

Started at Gleasondale Road, Stow (bridge) which has very limited parking. Carried kayaks down the path to the water, where we headed on the 3.5 mile trip to the White Pond Road, Stow bridge. The first half mile what a little challenging with fallen trees (3-4 trees). Most you could float under, except for one. We paddled with "ramming speed" and got the first half of the kayak on the fallen tree, then shimmied our boat over the log. After that, we didn't see any major obstacles. One guy with a long skinny recreational kayak tried to do the same thing and tipped. Many parts had thick undergrowth of seaweed which slowed down the momentum of the boat; other times the seaweed/algae were floaters and got tangled in the paddles. It was a very enjoyable trip that we will take again. Saw birds, palliated woodpeckers, blue heron, water snake (yuck!), tons of sunbathing turtles, and beautiful white swans and their babies.

Accommodations:

None

Fees:

None

Directions:

Minimal parking on Gleasondale Road; parking for about 10 cars at White Pond Road. Both had sand/rock docking area.
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

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