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Ware River Reach 5

Last Updated: 7/2017

Lower Dam in Ware to River Mouth

Description
         

STATISTICS

Skill Level:            Class 1 and 2
Estimated Time:
   3 hours
Distance:        
      11.6 miles
USGS Maps: 
North Brookfield, MA  and Palmer, MA

Lower Mills Dam in Ware - Mile 11.9
Nearest Address: 30 Maple Street Ware, MA 01082
Position: 42-15.50 N 72-14.33 W
Boat Launch:
Behind the Mill buildings
NOTE: Gilbert Court, Ware, MA 01082 - Mile 11.8
This may be a better launch site near the baseball diamond just off Monroe Street.

Route 32 Bridge on Palmer Road in Ware - Mile 8.4
Nearest Address: 366 Palmer Road, Ware, MA 01089 - Route 32
Just south of Gibbs Crossing (Walmart)
Position: 42-14.34 N 72-17.15 W
Boat Launch:
Turn onto Old Belchertown Road and park on the side of the road.  Follow an easy trail to river across from a couple of homes.

Summer Street Bridge - Mile 4.5
Nearest Address: 2 Emery Street, Palmer, MA 01069

Position: 
42-12.28 N 72-19.15 W
Boat Launch: 
There is a small roadside parking pull over for one vehicle.  Follow the small steep trail on down river side.

Thorndike Upper Dam Take-Out - Mile 3.1
Nearest Address: 44 Hill Street Thorndike, MA 01079
Position: 42-11.27 N 72-19.51 W
Boat Launch:
Take out on river right above the dam.  Carry out to Hill Street.

Portage:
    Paddling between the Upper and Lower Thorndike Dams is a waste of time.  There is little to see and no opportunities to easily put-in and take-out.  Instead, carry 0.6 miles between dams as follows:
  1. Head south on Hill Street 0.1 miles to Church Street.
  2. Turn right (west) on Church Street following the side walk 0.45 miles until you reach a playground on your left.
  3. Turn left on Main Street crossing over the river about 0.05 miles.
  4. Just before the railroad tracks on the right, down river side of the bridge, carry your boat down to the river.  There is no clear trail or markings so you will need to be careful and use common sense.

Thorndike Lower Dam Put-In - Mile 2.3
Nearest Address: 4021 Main Street, Thorndike, MA 01079
Position: 42-11.43 N 72-19.99 W
Boat Launch: 

Climb down to the river near the railroad tracks on the down-river side.

Route 181 Bridge - Mile 1.25
Nearest Launch Address: 3098 Sykes Street, Palmer, MA 01069
Position: 42-11.52 N 72-20.98 W
Boat Launch:
Take out is at the Sewer Pump Station next to bridge over the river.
Across the road from Burgundy Brook Farm
Address: 3092 Palmer St, Palmer, MA 01069
Hours: Tue - Sun 7AM–2PM
Phone: (413) 289-6359
Website: burgundybrook.com
Put-In/Take-Out Directions:  miles,  min.
From US Route 90 (Mass. Turnpike) take Exit 7:

​Bridge Street Bridge Take-Out Put-In - Mile 0.0
Position: 42-10.86 N 72-21.98 W
Nearest Launch Address:

2033 Bridge Street, Three Rivers, MA 01080
Boat Launch:
Next to the white two-family house near the bridge.  The land toward the river from the fence is public.  The bank is steep!  Use caution as there is a swift current at the launch.  There is no place to park at site.  Unload on sidewalk and find road side parking nearby.  The land toward the river from the fence is public.  Climb over the railing and down the bank is steep!  Use caution as there is a swift current at the launch.
Put-In/Take-Out Directions:  miles,  min.
From US Route 90 (Mass. Turnpike) take Exit 7:


REACHES
         Each reach has a map(s) with put-in and take-out positions, description, length, difficulty, and information as appropriate.