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Massachusetts whitewater, Concord River

Middlesex county, Close to Lowell section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III+(IV)     1.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Massachusetts are easier than the national norm, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. The beautiful scenery of Middlesex County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The starting point is not too far from Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, there's a road map further down the page with more info
    on that. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. The Close to Lowell section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. There
are many good hotels to choose from, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This section of Concord River in Massachusetts is 1.5 miles long and it is classified as a class III+(IV) section by American Whitewater. This is a bit  
of a short stretch so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over.

Briefly about the general area:
When you're here at Concord River it's always fun to check out Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest, and Pawtucket Falls is a splendid local attraction. Great Brook Farm State Park is a splendid site to stretch your legs a bit; Concord River is a site with many visitors from Lowell. A river like this is too good to miss. A delightful beach near Concord River is Silver Lake Town Beach. For the period of the long summer days at Concord River temperatures are mostly in the 80's.

Concord River, Close to Lowell 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 Concord River.
 Whitewater Near Concord River:
Concord River, Middlesex County, 0 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 1.5 miles long (Close to Lowell)
Souhegan River, Hillsborough County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - -blank- miles long (Indian Ledges)
Charles River, Norfolk County, 19 miles away
      Class I - 0.1 miles long (Needham Rapids)
Merrimack River, Hillsborough County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 5.3 miles long (Amoskeag Falls to Goffs Falls)
Assabet River, Middlesex/Worcester County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II - 15 miles long (Route 117 to Route 62)
North River, -blank- County, 26 miles away
      Class II - 3 miles long (Nottingham)
Piscataquog River, Hillsborough County, 27 miles away
      Class II - 2.4 miles long (Goffstown)
Little Suncook, Merrimack County, 30 miles away
      Class IV - 3.1 miles long (Northwood to Gossville)
 Ski Areas Near Concord River:
Bradford, Massachusetts , 18 miles away, 300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 13 runs
McIntyre, New Hampshire , 21 miles away, 300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Blue Hills, Massachusetts , 25 miles away, 309 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Wachusett Mountain, Massachusetts , 41 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 44 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 44 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Gunstock, New Hampshire , 46 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Abenaki, New Hampshire , 50 miles away, 100 foot drop, 2 lifts, 6 runs
Pine Ridge, Massachusetts , 57 miles away, 200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 8 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 57 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
 Marinas Near Concord River:
Dockside Marina, Salem , 12 miles away
Maravelaki Marina, Medford , 19 miles away
Kazmiera Marina, Haverhill , 20 miles away
 Beaches Near Concord River:
Silver Lake Town Beach, Middlesex , 8 miles away
Magazine Beach, Middlesex , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Concord River:
UMass Lowell Inn And Conference Center, Lowell , 0 miles away
Courtyard Boston Lowell/Chelmsford, Lowell , 2 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Chelmsford Inn, Chelmsford , 3 miles away
Radisson Hotel & Suites Chelmsford-Lowell, Chelmsford , 4 miles away
TownePlace Suites Boston Tewksbury/Andover, Tewksbury , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Concord River:
CDM, Chelmsford, 3 miles away
Tyngsboro Campground, Tyngsboro, 8 miles away
Tynsborough Campground, Middlesex County, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Concord River:
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Boston - MA , 22 miles away
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Woonsocket - RI , 35 miles away
Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest, Massachusetts , 5 miles away
Great Brook Farm State Park, Massachusetts , 5 miles away
Lawrence Heritage State Park, Massachusetts , 11 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Concord River:
Trull Brook Golf Course, Tewksbury , 3 miles away
Swanson Meadows Golf Course, North Billerica , 4 miles away
Pine Valley Golf Links, Pelham , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Concord River
Ames Pond, Middlesex , 5 miles away
Cobbetts Pond, Rockingham , 8 miles away
Canobie Lake, Rockingham , 9 miles away

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