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Swift River Reach 2

Last Updated: 3/2016
 Upper Bondsville Dam to
 The River Mouth at Ware River

Description
 
Upper Bondsville Dam to Lower Bondsville Dam
        I have paddled this section of the river and it is only for purest that want to paddle the entire river.  Bumping and scraping on algae covered rocks that are very slippery was my experience.  Be cautious of metal rebar and other pieces as you pass the remains of a mill on the right bank.
   
Lower Bondsville Dam to the mouth at the Ware River   
         We have never paddled this portion.  We suggest you find a good take-out at the end of the Ware River where it ends into the Chicopee River at the Bridge Street Bridge.  
        The distance from the mouth of the Swift River to the beginning of the Chicopee River is only 0.7 miles.


STATISTICS

Skill Level:            Class 1
Estimated Time:    2 hours 
Distance:               3.9 miles
USGS Map:  Palmer, MA (7.5’x15’)

Upper Bondsville Dam - Portage - Mile 3.9
Position: 42-31.13 N 72-20.45 W
Boat Launch:
This is primarily a portage not a launch site.  Launching would be difficult but can be done below the dam after carrying in your car top boat.
Nearest Address:
3182 Main St, Bondsville, MA
Put-In/Take-Out Directions (4.2 miles, 9 minutes)
  1. After the tollbooths, turn left at the stoplight onto Route 32 North towards Ware/Thorndike.
  2. Go under the Mass Pike and at mile 0.8 at a stoplight, turn left on High Street towards Thorndike.
  3. At mile 1.2, make a slight right onto Church Street.
  4. It eventually becomes Pleasant Street.
  5. At mile 2.6, make a slight right onto Thorndike Road.
  6. At mile 3.0, you will come to a stop sign, make a slight right onto Palmer Street.
  7. It will become Main Street and then Bondville Road.
    Follow Steps 1 to 6 above.
  8. At mile 4.1, pass the Bondsville Fire Station on your left.
  9. At mile 4.2, with the river is on your left, the dam will be just off the road.
 
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River Street Portage
Position: 42-12.68 N 72-20.80 W
Boat Launch:
Portage around the DAM on the right (west) side.
You have to squeeze throught the fence gate.
Car top boat launch below the River Street Bridge.
Nearest Address:
195 River Street, Belchertown, MA 01007
Put-In/Take-Out Directions (3.7 miles, 8 minutes)
  1. After the tollbooths, turn left at the stoplight onto Route 32 North towards Ware/Thorndike.
  2. Go under the Mass Pike and at mile 0.8 at a stoplight, turn left on High Street towards Thorndike.
  3. At mile 1.2, make a slight right onto Church Street.
  4. It eventually becomes Pleasant Street.
  5. At mile 2.6, make a slight right onto Thorndike Road.
  6. At mile 3.0, you will come to a stop sign, make a slight right onto Palmer Street.
  7. It will become Main Street.
  8. At mile 3.6, turn right on River Street and cross over the Swift River.
  9. There is a small parking area next to a brick pumping station.  Park here and launch with difficulty across the street and down the bank.  There is no trail.



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