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Last Updated: 1/2018
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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American Whitewater
YouTube - Quaboag Whitewater
01176000 QUABOAG RIVER AT WEST BRIMFIELD, MA  
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’)
[2] Wrights Complex Lower Dam - Mile 14.2
Position above the Dam: 42-12.72 N 72-13.95 W
Position above the Dam: 42-12.71 N 72-14.02 W
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Altitude below the dam: 518 feet
Portage: (0.1 miles)
Portage on the right side towards the railroad tracks. Avoid walking on these active tracks!
Nearest Address:
27 South Street, Warren, MA 01092
Put-In/Take-Out Directions (16.9 miles, 13 minutes)
​​From Exit  Palmer of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
  1. After the exiting, at the stop light, turn left onto Thorndike Street/Route 32 North.
  2. At mile 1.2, turn right onto Old Warren Road.
  3. At mile 4.6, turn left onto Route 67 North.
  4. At mile 6.3, turn right onto South Street.
  5. At mile 6.4, arrive at the South Street bridge over the river.
Portage along railroad track side.

         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.

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[1] Lucy Stone Park Take- Out - Mile 16.8
Position:  42-13.05 N 72-11.59 W
Altitude: 591 feet
Boat Launch:
Car top take-out at park just below the bridge.
Nearest Launch Address
199 Old West Brookfield Road, Warren, MA 01083 
Put-In/Take-Out Directions (9.1 miles, 15 minutes)
From Quaboag Pond Boat Launch
  1. Turn left out of the boat ramp area heading northwest on Quaboag St toward Herbert Rd
  2. At mile 1.5, at the stop sign, turn left onto Route 9 West.
  3. At mile 6.3, turn left onto Route 9 South/Route 67 South.
  4. At mile 8.8, turn right onto Old West Brookfield Rd. This is in the middle of Warren and before the bridge that crosses the river.
  5. At mile 9.1, arrive at Lucy Stone Park before crossing the river. There is a gravel parking area on left marked with stones.
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Take Out before the bridge to avoid fighting a current
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Lucy Stone (August 13, 1818 – October 19, 1893) was a prominent American orator, abolitionist, and suffragist, and a vocal advocate and organizer promoting rights for women. In 1847, Stone became the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree. She spoke out for women's rights and against slavery at a time when women were discouraged and prevented from public speaking. Stone was known for using her maiden name after marriage, as the custom was for women to take their husband's surname.Learn more at Wikipedia:
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Lucy Stone
Lucy Stone Park
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Whitewater Take-Out
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[3] Whitewater Take-Out on Route 67 - Mile 11.6
Position: 42-12.21 N 72-03.78 W
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Access:
Circular Rest Area. Parking for more than 6 vehicles with car top boats.
Nearest Address:
730 Boston Road, Palmer, MA 01069
Put-In/Take-Out Directions (5.6 miles, 9 minutes)
​​From Exit 8 Palmer of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
  1. After the exiting, at the stop light, turn left onto Thorndike Street/Route 32 North.
  2. At mile 1.2, turn right onto Old Warren Road.
  3. At mile 4.6, turn right onto Route 67 North.
  4. At mile 5.3, look for a paved circular rest area.
A Circular Rest Area.  Launch on the otherside of the barriers.
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[4] Alternate Whitewater Take-Out - Mile 10.9
Position: 42-10.94 N 72-15.80 W
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Access:
Roadside Park with concrete barriers.  A short carry to the river. Use care because the bank is steep.
Nearest Address:
460 Boston Road Palmer, MA 01069
Put-In/Take-Out Directions (6.1 miles, 10 minutes)
​​From Exit 8 Palmer of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
  1. After the exiting, at the stop light, turn left onto Thorndike Street/Route 32 North.
  2. At mile 1.2, turn right onto Old Warren Road.
  3. At mile 4.6, turn right onto Route 67 North.
  4. At mile 6.1, look for barracaded rest area.
Carry your boat through the break in the fence up from the river.
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