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Last Updated: 11/2016
Lucy Stone Park to Whitewater (Route 67) Take-Out

Description
             The Quaboag starts at the Lucy Stone Park as a class 2 river for almost half of the run then turns into a class 3 pool drop river with one carry around a dam.  At the higher water levels some of the rapids become very turbulent and are filled with powerful holes that can easily swamp an open boat.  For a complete description refer to the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide" by Bruce Lessels.

Caution:  Be on a constant lookout for downed trees.  There are a lot of beavers in the area.  They've been knocking down huge trees that have spanned the entire river.



      The river is Class III and features several named rapids, Mousehole and Trestle Rapid above the dam, and, downstream, Angel's Field and Devil's Gorge, which contains an abrupt four-foot waterfall called Quaboag Drop. The river has a large watershed, is well formed, and is runnable at levels above four feet on the Brimfield USGS gauge. It contains one mandatory portage around an unrunnable dam next to a factory.




Mile 14.2 - Wrights Complex Lower Dam
  Portage on river right along the railroad tracks area.  Use caution.

Remember!
4 foot minimum to run this section of river.


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STATISTICS

Skill Level:            Class 2 and 3
Estimated Time:    2 hours
Distance:               5.2 miles
USGS Map: Warren, MA and Palmer, MA (7.5’x15’)

Lucy Stone Park Put-In - Mile 16.8
Position: 42-13.05 N 72-11.59 W
Boat Launch:
Car top take-out at park just below the bridge.
Nearest Launch Address:
199 Old West Brookfield Rd, Warren, MA 01083 
Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 8.9 miles, 15 minutes):
From Exit 8 Palmer of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
  1.  After the Toll booths, at the stop light, turn left onto Thorndike Street, Route 32 North toward Ware/Hardwick.
  2. At mile 1.2, turn right onto Old Warren Road.
  3. At mile 4.6, turn left onto Route 67 North, Main Street.
  4. At mile 8.5, right after crossing the river, turn left onto Old West Brookfield Rd.
  5. At mile 8.9, arrive at parking for Lucy Stone Park on your left just before the bridge over the river.

Whitewater Take-Out on Route 67 - Mile 11.6
Position:  42-11.58 N 72-15.85 W
Boat Launch:
Roadside Park for car top boats.
Nearest Launch Address
730 Boston Rd Palmer, MA 01069
Put-In/Take-Out Directions (5.4 miles, 9 minutes)
From Exit 8 Palmer of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
  1.  After the Toll booths, at the stop light, turn left onto Thorndike Street, Route 32 North toward Ware/Hardwick.
  2. At mile 1.2, turn right onto Old Warren Road.
  3. At mile 4.6, turn right onto Route 67 South.
  4. At mile 5.4, arrive at the roadside park on your left.  Car top take-out and put-in only.

Alternate Whitewater Take-Out - Mile 10.9
Position:  42-10.94 N 72-15.80 W
Boat Launch:
Roadside Park with concrete barriers.  A short carry to the river. Use care because the bank is steep.
Nearest Launch Address:
460 Boston Road Palmer, MA 01069

American Whitewater
YouTube - Quaboag Whitewater
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Wrights Complex Lower Dam
          Constructed in 1890, it has withstood the floods that have taken out most of the other dams on the Quaboag River. In 2005, the Wrights Company conducted a feasibility study to return this dam to use for waterpower generation.  Originally, this dam provided waterpower to the large Wrights Mill complex. In the early 1900s, this complex was a knitting mill that produced cloth and various industrial knitted materials. Locally produced waterpower ran the looms and ancillary machinery. Currently, the available waterpower from the dam is only for fire suppression. However, it is unlikely that the dam will be returned to service for electricity generation soon.
           This is the second dam of a two dam complex. Destroyed by a flood in the mid 1950s, the upper dam was never rebuilt. Because of its height, this dam is unrunnable by local kayakers and requires mandatory portage around it. A recent survey shows that this dam is capable of producing 830 kW of electricity continuously. This means that it could produce 1.6 MWh of clean electricity annually.
South Street Dam Portage
Portage along railroad track side
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Whitewater Take-Out
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