This site provides access to the Pawcatuck River at Bradford. The natural gravel shoreline of the river can be used as a boat ramp for small, trailered boats, but is better for launching hand carried boats. Heading downstream from this site you will come almost immediately to a series of small dams. An undefined portage path exists on the right immediately after the road bridge. Paddlers may find it challenging to safely exit their boat, climb up the bank, and traverse the often wet land. Experienced paddlers may navigate over and/or through the dams. The current may swing your boat sideways, so be prepared to correct. Below the dam the river is wide, deep and beautiful. Downstream of the Route 3 bridge the river meanders through a mile of open marsh. Six and half miles downstream from Bradford you will come to the Potter Hill Dam. Take out on the left at the Flora Whiteley Preserve. Do not try to run the dam! People have died trying to run it. The dam can be portaged by following Main Street west for about 200 feet and then going north on Post Office Lane, a small dirt road, for about 700 feet to the put-in at the end of Post Office Lane. For more about the river below Potter Hill Dam see the listing for the put-in at the end of Post Office Lane.
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