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Quaboag River Reach 4

Last Updated: 4/2018
 Park Street Bridge (Route 20) to Ware River Take-Out

Description
             



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STATISTICS

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

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01176000 QUABOAG RIVER AT WEST BRIMFIELD, MA  
​​[2] Fays Bridge - Mile 5.2
Position:  42-08.65 N 72-18.83 W
Altitude: 315 feet
Boat Launch:
Roadside parking near bridge.  No formal launch.  Use the steep bank for access.
Nearest Launch Address:
1085 South Main Street, Palmer, MA 01069
Put-In/Take-Out Directions (2.2 miles, 6 minutes)
From Exit 8 Palmer of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
  1.  After the exit ramp, at the stop light, turn right onto Thorndike Street.
  2. At mile 0.7, turn left onto Route 20 East/Park Street.
  3. At mile 1.7, turn right onto Stone Street/Route 32 South.
  4. At mile 1.9, Stone Street turns left and becomes South Main Street.
  5. At mile 2.2, South Main Street crosses the Quaboag River.
  6. Pull over where it is safe to park.
​​[1] Route 20, Park Street Bridge - Mile 7.1
Position:  42-08.55 N 72-16.89 W
Boat Launch:
You cannot park on a state highway in Massachusetts. Put your boat over the guard rail and park off the road at the sports bar area. This is not the easiest access point but useful.
Crossroads Rt20 Sports Bar And Grill is closed and FOR SALE!
Nearest Launch Address:
1701 Park Street, Palmer, MA 01069

Put-In/Take-Out Directions (3.5 miles, 6 minutes)
From Exit 8 Palmer of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
  1.  After the exit ramp, at the stop light, turn right onto Thorndike Street.
  2. At mile 0.7, turn left onto Route 20 East/Park Street.
  3. At mile 3.5, turn right at the "Crossroads Sports".
  4. Park on grass just off their long driveway.  Carry your boat to the river.  Oh yeah, they have some great casual food!
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It's an awkward climb down to the river on a busy highway.
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[3] Three Rivers Take-Out - Mile 0.05
Position: 42-10.81 N 72-21.85 W
Altitude: 289 feet
Boat Launch:
Where Nick Lavoilette Field meets Main Street Bridge over the Quaboag River
Nearest Launch Address:
2019 Main St Palmer, MA 01080

Put-In/Take-Out Directions (3.2 miles, 7 minutes)
From Exit 8 Palmer of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
  1.  After the Toll booths, at the stop light, turn right onto Thorndike Street.
  2. Make the first right just after the gas station onto Lawrence Street.
  3. At mile 0.3, at stop sign, turn left onto Shearer Street.
  4. At mile 1.0, turn right onto Route181 North/North Main Street.
  5. At mile 2.2, turn left onto Bourne Street.
  6. At mile 2.9, turn left onto Main Street in Three Rivers.
  7. At mile 3.2, turn left into a parking area just before the bridge over the Quaboag River.
  8. Go to the recreation area and park.  Find small trail to river.
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