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Last Updated: 1/2018

Barre Falls Dam to ​Barre-Oakham Border Launch

Description
         This short reach includes three dams.

STATISTICS

Skill Level:            Class 1 and 2
Estimated Time:
   2 hour plus portages
Distance:        
      4.2 miles

USGS Maps: North Brookfield, MA, Barre, MA
[1] ​East and West Branches Split - Mile 34.6
Positions: 42-25.77 N 72-01.26 W
Altitude: 785 feet
Access: 
No direct acces
Nearest Launch Address:  
No direct access
Put-In Directions ( miles, minutes):
[4] ​Barre-Oakham Border Launch - Mile 30.4
Positions: 42-23.67 N 72-03.06 W
Altitude: 649 feet
Access: 
Turn North off Route 22 at bridge to Put-In. There are portable restroom available and picnic tables. There is an orange barrier that prevents boating below Route 122 bridge crossing.   This is a gravel boat ramp.
Nearest Launch Address:  
1186 Worcester Road, Barre, MA 01005
Put-In Directions (24.3 miles, 41 minutes):
From the Mass Pike Exit 8, Palmer, MA:
  1. At the end of the ramp, turn left at the stop light.
  2. Head north on Route 32 North/Thorndike Street.
  3. At mile 8.4, at stop light, turn right onto Route 9 East/Main Street in the center of Ware.
  4. At mile 10.1, turn left onto Route 32 North.
  5. At mile 13.5, in Gilbertville, turn right to stay on Route 32 North.
  6. At mile 21.1, in South Barre, turn left to stay on Route 32 North
  7. At mile 21.9, in the center of South Barre, continue straight onto New Braintree Road/Vernon Avenue. (Route 32 turns left here)
  8. At mile 22.9, turn right onto Route122 South.
  9. At mile 24.3, turn left just before the road crosses the river.  Follow this road into the access area.
Plenty of parking, picnic tables, and portable toilet.
Launch of the grassy area opposite the highway.
All boats must stay above the orange barrier.
[2] ​Barre Falls Dam - Mile 34.3
Positions: 42-25.70 N 72-01.65 W
Altitude above dam: 785 feet
Altitude below dam: 742 feet
Access: 
Flood Control Dam owned by Army Corp of Engineers
Nearest Launch Address:  
Barre Falls, Barre, MA 01005
Put-In Directions (29.2 miles, 49 minutes):
From the Mass Pike Exit 8, Palmer, MA:
  1. At the end of the ramp, turn left at the stop light.
  2. Head north on Route 32 North/Thorndike Street.
  3. At mile 8.4, at stop light, turn right onto Route 9 East/Main Street in the center of Ware.
  4. At mile 10.1, turn left onto Route 32 North.
  5. At mile 13.5, in Gilbertville, turn right to stay on Route 32 North.
  6. At mile 20.6, continue straight onto South Street. This is where Route 32 goes right.
  7. At mile 23.8, at the center of Barre, continue onto Route 62 East/Mechanic Street.
  8. At mile 28.2, turn right onto Barre Road/Coldbrook Road.
  9. At mile 39.2, arrive at the Barre Falls Dam.
A close up of the Barre Falls Dam.
[3] ​Washout off Granger Road - Mile 32.5
Positions: 42-25.60 N 72-03.03 W
Altitude: 655 feet
Access: 
Park along Granger Road, carry your boat about 0.1 miles and launch where the bridge is washed out.  This area can be extremely shallow so scout before you paddle.
Nearest Launch Address:  
Lakey Lane, Barre, MA 01005
Put-In Directions (27.3 miles, 46 minutes):
From the Mass Pike Exit 8, Palmer, MA:
  1. At the end of the ramp, turn left at the stop light.
  2. Head north on Route 32 North/Thorndike Street.
  3. At mile 8.4, at stop light, turn right onto Route 9 East/Main Street in the center of Ware.
  4. At mile 10.1, turn left onto Route 32 North.
  5. At mile 13.5, in Gilbertville, turn right to stay on Route 32 North.
  6. At mile 20.6, continue straight onto South Street. This is where Route 32 goes right.
  7. At mile 23.8, at the center of Barre, continue onto Route 62 East/Mechanic Street.
  8. At mile 26.7, turn right onto Granger Road.
  9. At mile 27.2, turn left onto Lackey Lane.
  10. Go to the washout about a tenth of a mile a put in there.