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Last Updated: 1/2018

South Barre Dam  to New Furnace Landing

Description
         

STATISTICS

Skill Level:            Class 1 and 2
Estimated Time:
   3 hours
Distance:        
      11.1 miles

USGS Maps: North Brookfield, MA, Barre, MA
[1] ​South Barre Dam Portage -  Mile 27.8
Positions: 42-23.20 N 72-05.75 W
Altitude above dam: 598 feet
Altitude below dam: 586 feet
Access: 
Plenty of parking near the dam on dirt area.
Nearest Launch Address:  
7 Oak Street, Barre, MA 01005
Put-In Directions (17.3 miles, 29 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 17.3, turn right into a small park.
  7. At mile 15.6, launch where the road crosses the river. 
Take out on river right above dam.
Follow the grass down below the dam to awkward Put-In
[4] ​New Furnace Launch Put-In - Mile 21.7
Positions: 42-20.62 N 72-09.41 W
Altitude: 558 feet
Access: 
Turn after the brown sign Old Furnace Launch. Park in the lower area of the park.  Launch or retrieve of the grass just up river of the bridge.
Nearest Launch Address:  
1530 Barre Road, Gilbertville, MA 01031
Put-In Directions (17.3 miles, 29 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 17.3, turn right into a small park.
  7. At mile 15.6, launch where the road crosses the river. 
Pull in to the small park.
There is plenty of parking for picnicing, fishing, and paddling.
Launch or retrieve on the grass up river of the bridge.
[2] ​Route 32 Bridge Barre -  Mile 26.5
        Ice Breaker Race Start -
Positions: 42-22.81 N 72-06.84 W
Altitude: 577 feet
Access: 
Turn after 
Nearest Launch Address:  
200 Wheelwright Rd, Barre, MA 01005
Put-In Directions (17.3 miles, 29 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 17.3, turn right into a small park.
  7. At mile 15.6, launch where the road crosses the river. 
Pull in to the small park.
There is plenty of parking for picnicing, fishing, and paddling.
[5] ​Creamery Road Gilbertville - Mile 19.7
Positions: 42-19.24 N 72-10.48 W
Altitude: 544 feet
Access: 
Park at the corner of River Run Road. Cross just over the river and launch on grass.
Nearest Launch Address:  
130 Creamery Road, Gilbertville, MA 01031
Put-In Directions (15.6 miles, 27 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 15.4, turn right onto Creamery Road.
  7. At mile 15.6, launch where the road crosses the river. 
Cross over the river and unload.
Launch or retrieve on the grass down river of the bridge.
[3] ​Wheelwright Dam Portage - Mile 23.4
Positions: 42-21.15 N 72-08.19 W
Altitude above dam: 571 feet
Altitude below dam: 556 feet
Access: 
 Portage on river left around dam.
Nearest Launch Address:  
35 Mill Street, North Brookfield, MA 01535
Put-In Directions (18.6 miles, 32 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 18.3, turn right onto Church Lane.
  7. At mile 18.6, go to the end then make a slight left onto Mill Street.  Walk in to the dam passing ruins of mill.
[6] ​New Furnace Landing Take-Out Gilbertville - Mile 16.7
Positions: 42-18.70 N 72-12.43 W
Altitude: 525 feet
Access: 
Park at the park.  Follow the trail to the left of the gazebo down to the river.
Nearest Launch Address:  
76 Main St, Gilbertville, MA 01031
Put-In Directions (13.3 miles, 23 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 13.3, arrive Gilbertville at small park on your right.
  6. Park in the parking lot across from Hardwick House of Pizza.
Park at the park.
Don't miss the view from the gazebo.
Follow this trail to the river just to the left of the gazebo.