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Last Updated: 1/2018
New Furnace Landing, Gilbertville (16.7) to Lower Dam in Ware (11.9)




Description
Mile 16.7 - Launching from the New Furnace Landing requires navigating some rapids.  At low water it may be scraping and bumping.  Consider using the covered bridge launch.
Mile 16.5 - If the water is extremely low consider not launching! 

In late summer, consider launching and landing from Grenville Park.  See Ware River Reservior by clicking below:


STATISTICS​
Skill Level:            Class 1 and 2
Estimated Time:
   2 hours (plus portage)
Distance:        
      4.8 miles
USGS Maps: 
North Brookfield, MA


​Mile 15.7 - Sewage Plant on river left.

Mile 15.3 - Pass a long thin island on either side.

Mile 14.6 - Pass under Church Street bridge.

Mile 14.1 to 14.6 - Ware Airport on river left. Ware Airport is a privately owned, private-use airport. Permission required prior to landing.

Ware River Reservoir
[3] ​Grenville Park Ware - Mile 12.9
Positions: 42-16.00 N 72-13.65 W
Altitude: 464 feet
Access: 
From the park entrance, follow road to boat launch near second baseball field.  It is a paved boat ramp with a portable restroom.
Nearest Launch Address:  
 68 Church Street, Ware, MA 01082
Put-In Directions (9.3 miles, 17 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 8.6, turn left onto Church Street.
  5. At mile 9.0, turn right into Grenville Park opposite Church Street School Senior Housing.
  6. Enter park and follow road to boat launch near the second baseball field.
  7. At mile 9.3, arrive at the boat ramp.
[1] ​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.
[4] Upper Dam to below Lower Dam Portage - Mile 28.8
Take-Out Positions: 42-15.74 N 72-14.11 W
Put-In Position: 42-15.45 N 72-14.65 W 
Altitude above upper dam: 460 feet
Altitude below lower dam: 390 feet
Portage Described: 
- Pull over to river right above the barrier and above the building where the canal begins.
- Follow the trail up to the paved park road.
- Follow the road to the Grenville Park exit at Park Street.
- Follow Park Street four blocks passing Park Avenue, Pleasant Street, Otis Avenue.
- Turn right on East Main Street.
- Turn left on South Street and cross over the river.
- At the end of the mill building on your right, turn right and follow along the building to Memorial Park.
- Walk the length of Memorial Park to the far exit road.
- Launch just outside of the park near the end of Monroe Street.
Nearest Launch Address:  
Take-Out: 50 Park St, Ware, MA 01082
Put-In: 36 Monroe Street, Ware, MA
Put-In Directions (8.8 miles, 17 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 8.6, turn left onto Church Street.
  5. At mile 8.8, turn right onto Park Street.
  6. Park in the Church parking lot and walk in to Grenville Park.
A close up of the 0.7 mile Portage
Take-Out river right above barrier.  Follow the trail.
Exit of Grenville Park.
South Street Bridge over the River.
Turn right off South Street and follow along here to the park.
Put-In here just outside of the back gate of Veterans Memorial Park.
[2] ​Ware-Hardwick Covered Bridge - Mile 16.5
Positions: 42-18.62 N 72-12.74 W
Altitude: 512 feet
Access: 
Launch up-river on this grassy area. There is parking for a few vehicles
Nearest Launch Address:  
2 Bridge Street, 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.
Ware/Hardwick Covered Bridge - built in 1886
      Approximately 100 feet long and 18 feet wide, it spans the two town lines and two county lines - Hampshire and Worcester counties.  The frame is made of cross-braced members, is pegged with wood, and reinforced with iron rods.  In 1986 the bridge was painstakingly reconstructed, using 19th century methods, to bring it back to its original splendor.
Launch up-river on this grassy area. There is parking for a few vehicles
A view looking downstream.  Scout before launching.  The water may be too shallow!