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Oliver Mill Park

41° 54.427' N    70° 54.818' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Map Server   Acme Maps

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This is a site for launching hand-carried boats and it is also a portage. This typically means that to continue paddling down the river past this site you will have to portage your boat around a dam or other obstruction.

Description & Overview:

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Paddling downriver to Oliver Mill Park, use caution going under the historic Nemasket Street Bridge. There is enough space to fit under the bridge in a canoe or kayak but look before entering the openings under the bridge to make sure there is nothing blocking your way.

Do not attempt to run the fish ladder at Oliver Mill Park! Instead, look for a channel leading off to the right and take out along the grassy bank near the parking lot. If you are planning to continue downriver, or if you are putting in here to start a trip down the Nemasket, carry your boat down past the fish ladder and past where the stone river edging ends and put in at the pool below the dam and fish ladder.

After putting into the river you will almost immediately go under Route 44 and then past a sewage treatment plant. After that, the river winds quietly through woods and marshes for 5.5 miles to the Taunton River. As of June 2011 there were reportedly two large trees down across the Nemasket that force a portage or "lift-over." The first is not far below Oliver Mill Park, the second is below the Murdoch Street Bridge. The first one may be passable at high water. The second is not.

Once on the Taunton it is a mile downriver to the first take out, at Titicut Street. The bridge over the Nemasket at Plymouth Street (1.75 miles below Oliver Mill Park) may have to be portaged, and at very high river levels the bridge at Murdock Street (2.9 miles) will also have to be portaged.

As the Nemasket approaches the Taunton it becomes very winding, in one section taking 1.3 miles along the river to cover 0.3 miles as the crow flies.

The paddle from Oliver Mill Park the Taunton River is a very pretty and quite suitable for less experienced paddlers.

Click here for a printable map and guide (in Adobe Acrobat format) to paddling the Nemasket River above Oliver Mill Park.

This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Taunton River watershed: Nemasket River.

Location:

Town: Middleborough

Nearest Town Center: Middleborough

Driving Landmarks: Take US 44 east from I-495. 2.5 miles down Route 44 from the traffic circle turn right onto Plymouth Street, go about 100 feet and turn right into the parking lot for Oliver Mill Park.

Access & Waters:

Water 'Features' At Site: flatwater/slow moving river

Note: Because one boat launch can access, say, both a lake and a river or both the upstream and downstream portions of a river, not all paddling trips at a given site will necessarily encounter all of the features listed.

Type of Access: Boat launch for hand carried boats

ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no

Shoreline: Grass or sand (depending on river level) both above and below the dam/fish ladder. The sand at the put-in below the dam can be soft if it is underwater, so be prepared to sink in a bit.

Float/Dock: no

Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 100 feet

Portage Length: 400 feet

Parking:

Parking: parking lot, 50 spaces

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no

Nearby Amenities:

Public Restrooms: No

Accomodations: There is a KOA Campground just across Route 44 from Oliver Mill Park and reportedly if you call them they will come and pick you up and take you back to the campground but it would be wise to confirm this in advance or just plan to carry your boat and gear the 1/3 mile or so to the campground. For more details see the KOA website.

Sources for More Information:

AMC River Guide: 4th Edition, pages 157-158

Website: Map and Guide to paddling the upper Nemsket River (Adobe Acrobat format)

Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:

Fishing is not allowed at Oliver Mill Park.

Photographs:

The Historic Nemasket Street Bridge from Oliver Mill Park

The Historic Nemasket Street Bridge from Oliver Mill Park

Photography by: Bruce G. Hooke

Date of Photograph: May 1, 2010

Looking upriver at the Nemasket Street Bridge which paddlers have to go under the get to the take-out at Oliver Mill Park, in spring when the river was high. The take-out is to the left in this picture, beyond the edge of the picture.

 
The Take-Out at Oliver Mill Park

The Take-Out at Oliver Mill Park

Photography by: Bruce G. Hooke

Date of Photograph: May 1, 2010

The historic bridge is to the right and the parking lot is to the left. The fish ladder is behind the photographer. In the summer the wetland plants grow up quite a bit and the channel becomes much narrower, but it is still possible to follow the channel from the river to this take-out.

 
The Put-in at Oliver Mill Park

The Put-in at Oliver Mill Park

Photography by: Bruce G. Hooke

Date of Photograph: May 1, 2010

The put-in below the fish ladder and dam at Oliver Mill Park. The park is much busier than usual in this photograph because the annual canoe race was just ending when this photograph was made. The "rapids" in the background in this photograph are the fish ladder, which should not be run in a canoe, kayak or other boat.

 

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This site report was last updated on June 16, 2011

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