This site provides excellent access to the Nemasket River for canoes and kayaks and is also used to launch smaller trailered boats. Once you have unloaded your boat please make sure to park your car in a place that leaves good access to the shoreline for trailered boats.
The put-in is just above the Old Bridge Street bridge. With some effort you could paddle upriver under (new) Bridge Street and into the open wetland below Vaughan Street but that area is better accessed from Vaughan Street. Most paddlers putting in at Old Bridge Street will paddle downriver (under the Old Bridge Street bridge) from here.
Below the Old Bridge Street bridge the river winds its way slowly through wetlands. At normal river levels the current is barely visible in most areas but would be enough to make it hard work to paddle upriver. The wetlands below Old Bridge Street are not as extensive as the wetlands below Vaughan Street but are still quite pretty. In 0.8 miles you will go under Interstate 495. The tunnel that takes the river under the highway is almost 150 feet long but is big and open. Below the highway the river continues to wind through wetlands for another 0.4 miles to East Grove Street. In an emergency you could take out at East Grove Street but the busy road and lack of parking mean this is not a recommended put-in or take-out. Instead continue for another 0.7 miles and just before the Wareham Street Bridge look for a channel leading off to the right to a take-out next to the head of the fish ladder and the Middleborough DPW building. Do not go under the bridge! If you want to continue downriver from here you need to portage across Wareham Street into the park on the other side of the street and put-in below the dam and fish ladder. The river below here includes quickwater and a little whitewater. For more details see the description for Wareham Street/Thomas Memorial Park.
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