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Massachusetts whitewater, Assabet River

Middlesex Worcester county, Route 117 to Route 62 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     15 miles
 
Nice paddle. Says Anonymous

The natural beauty of Massachusetts and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. The put-in location is a short drive from Worcester, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places. The Route 117 to Route 62 stretch of Assabet River is 15 miles long and
    it is classified as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. Lodging is available near the river, but if you donít have reservations
you might end up sleeping in your car. The Route 117 to Route 62 stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so better not forget that many runs in this state are very easy. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

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about the general area:
Callahan State Park is a good location, and you'll meet a lot of people from Stow here. Everybody loves Hopkinton State Park, and you should without doubt stop by stunning Memorial Beach while you're here. This is a really good river. If you want to hit the beach, Harvard Town Beach is in the vicinity. Assabet River commonly gets lots of precipitation. Through November this area sees the most rain, and the driest month of the year is February. Throughout the months of summer highs here at Assabet River reach the 70's. During the moonlight hours it's typically in the 50's.

Assabet River, Route 117 to Route 62 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Assabet River.
 Whitewater Near Assabet River:
Assabet River, Middlesex/Worcester County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 15 miles long (Route 117 to Route 62)
Concord River, Middlesex County, 19 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 1.5 miles long (Close to Lowell)
Charles River, Norfolk County, 19 miles away
      Class I - 0.1 miles long (Needham Rapids)
Souhegan River, Hillsborough County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - -blank- miles long (Indian Ledges)
Clear and Branch, Providence County, 25 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.5 miles long (Harrisville to Nasonville)
Souhegan River, Hillsborough County, 27 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.75 miles long (Greenville to New Hampshire Route 101)
Souhegan River, Hillsborough County, 27 miles away
      Class III - 1.25 miles long (NH Route 101 Bridge to Wilton)
 Ski Areas Near Assabet River:
Wachusett Mountain, Massachusetts , 26 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Blue Hills, Massachusetts , 29 miles away, 309 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
McIntyre, New Hampshire , 31 miles away, 300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Bradford, Massachusetts , 36 miles away, 300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 13 runs
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 40 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Pine Ridge, Massachusetts , 41 miles away, 200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 8 runs
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 43 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
Yawgoo Valley, Rhode Island , 45 miles away, 245 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Gunstock, New Hampshire , 59 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 60 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
 Beaches Near Assabet River:
Memorial Beach, Middlesex , 2 miles away
Harvard Town Beach, Worcester , 7 miles away
Sterling Town Beach, Worcester , 16 miles away
Point Rok Beach, Worcester , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Assabet River:
Holiday Inn BOXBOROUGH (I-495 EXIT 28), Boxborough , 4 miles away
Fairfield Inn Boston Sudbury, Sudbury , 5 miles away
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites MARLBOROUGH, Marlborough , 5 miles away
Courtyard Boston Marlborough, Marlborough , 5 miles away
Embassy Suites Boston Marlboro, Marlborough , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Assabet River:
Northport Campground, Maynard, 6 miles away
Minuteman KOA, Littleton, 7 miles away
Boston Minuteman Campground, Littleton, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Assabet River:
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Woonsocket - RI , 21 miles away
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Boston - MA , 32 miles away
Callahan State Park, Massachusetts , 5 miles away
Hopkinton State Park, Massachusetts , 6 miles away
Whitehall State Park, Massachusetts , 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Assabet River:
Charter Oak Country Club, Hudson , 1 miles away
Stow Acres Country Club, Stow , 1 miles away
Butternut Farm Golf Club, Stow , 1 miles away
 Lakes Near Assabet River
Learned Pond, Middlesex , 9 miles away
Gleason Pond, Middlesex , 9 miles away
Groton School Pond, Middlesex , 10 miles away

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