Arch Street Bridge Put-In trail

Millers River Reach 6

Last Updated: 3/2018
South Main Street Dam to Arch Street Bridge Erving
             This final reach of the Millers River is primarily whitewater.  It can only be navigated in the spring when the water is high.  Late March, April , and occasionally in May the river level may be high enough.  Good river levels are 3.40 - 5.44 feet.  Later in the year it is bump, scrape, and drag because to low levels.  A level below 2.85 feet is too low.  Use the button below to check:
Skill Level:            Class 2, 3 and 4 in Spring. 
Estimated Time:    2 hours
Distance:               5.5 miles
USGS Map: Orange, MA 


Take-Out: Orange Riverfront Park (above dam)  Mile 13.8
Put-In:       Below South Main Street Dam            Mile 13.7
Portage Distance: 0.2 miles
  1. After taking out at the Riverfront Park Ramp, walk west on the sidewalk.
  2. Use the crosswalk at the stop light and continue west.
  3. At the end of the first red brick building and across from the Post Office parking lot, turn down the gravel driveway.
  4.  Follow the gravel service road along the river and behind the second brick building.
  5. The service turns a lite right following the river.  As you start passing behind the next building, look for a small trail down to the river.
  6. Follow the trail to some rocks at the rivers edge.  Launch your car top boat here.
South Main Street Dam Put-In - Mile 13.7
Position: 42-35.37 N 72-18.71 W
Boat Launch:
Turn immediately right off of West River Road onto a gravel road between brick mill buildings. Follow it down below the dam where the is a trail of rocks allow a put in for car top boats.
Nearest Launch Address: 
7 West River Street, Orange, MA 01364
Put-In Directions (12.0 miles, 9 minutes)
From Route 2 at the French King Bridge
  1. Travel east on Route 2.
  2. At mile 10.2, take exit 14 toward West River Street/Orange Center/Lake Mattawa.
  3. At mile 10.4, the road curves left, continue onto West River Street.
  4. At mile 11.8, just before South Main Street intersection, turn left onto a gravel driveway between the brick mill buildings.
  5. Follow down to the river and launch at rocky trail to river with car top boats.
View of  South Main Street Dam from Put-In
View of trail to Put-In below South Main Street Dam
Arch Street Bridge - 8.2
Position: 42-35.91 N 72-24.16 W
Boat Launch:
There is parking for at least 10 vehicles.  Only car top launch.
Nearest Launch Address:
Arch Street, Erving, MA 01344
Put-In Directions (7.1 miles, 10 minutes):
From Route 2 at the French King Bridge
  1. Travel East on Route 2 into the town of Erving.​​
  2. At mile 7.0, turn right onto Arch Street.
  3. At mile 7.1 park near the bridge described below.​
Arch Street Bridge - Put-In Trail on right before bridge
Arch Street Bridge - Put-In Trail
Arch Street Bridge - View of Put/In from Bridge
Looking toward Arch Street Bridge - Put-In Trail before bridge on right