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Weir Village Riverfront Park

41° 52.971' N    71° 5.445' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Map Server   EarthNC   Acme Maps

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This is a site for launching boats from trailers. Boat ramps can normally be used to launch canoes and kayaks but please do your best to keep the boat ramp clear for boat trailers.

Description & Overview:

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Weir Village Park provides access to the Taunton River in Taunton. While the river here in Taunton is rather industrial you do not have to go far either way to find more wooded riverbanks and a more rural landscape.

Paddling downriver to Weir Village Park, look for the boat ramp on the left about 1/4 mile below the Plain Street Bridge, in a long straight section of the river where the right bank is largely a vertical bulkhead.

On this part of the Taunton River the tides are typically more important for planning a trip than the river's current. The tide rises and falls by as much as four feet in Taunton and the resulting current can either help or hinder you. Paddling downriver to Weir Village Park the tidal current is unlikely to slow you down much but especially on an incoming tide it is reasonable to paddle upriver for miles. In about 3/4 mile the riverbanks become more wooded and generally stay that way through the rest of the river corridor, with occasional exceptions.

Paddling downriver from Weir Village Park you only have to go 1/2 mile to find yourself paddling between wooded hillsides. As the river slowly gets wider, salt marshes replace wooded hillsides and the river starts to feel distinctly coastal, even thought it is fourteen miles below Weir Village Park before the river flows through Fall River and into Mount Hope Bay. There are occasional industrial facilities such as a sewage treatment plant and power plant that intrude into the scenery but they are the exception rather than the rule.

A one-way trip downriver from Weir Village Park to Berkley Bridge (4.1 miles downriver) or Dighton Rock State Park (5.9 miles downriver) can be made at any tide but will be much easier on an outgoing tide. On an incoming tide you can also paddle upriver from Berkley Bridge or Dighton Rock quite easily making various round trips and one-way journeys possible. Especially in the lower reaches, low tide will expose mud flats, which often attract interesting birds but can make launching and landing messier. Below Taunton paddlers should also expect to encounter motorboats and as the river gets wider near Dighton Rock the wind can kick up a dangerous chop, especially if the wind is blowing against the current.

Click here for a printable map and guide (in Adobe Acrobat format) to paddling the Taunton River between Weir Village Park and Dighton Rock State Park.

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

Location:

Town: Taunton

Nearest Town Center: Taunton Center

Driving Landmarks: From downtown Taunton (the junction of Routes 44, 140 and 138) take Weir Street (MA 138) south. When 138 forks off to the right stay straight to stay on Weir Street. When you come to the river, a mile from downtown, turn left to take the Plain Street Bridge across the river and then take an immediate right onto East Water Street. The park is just ahead on the right. The boat ramp is in the park, 1/4 mile down East Water Street from Plain Street.

Access & Waters:

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

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 ramp

ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no

Shoreline: The concrete boat ramp is steep and narrow as boat ramps go, and there are large rocks on the sides of the ramp as well as deep sand at the base of the ramp.

Float/Dock: no

Parking:

Parking: parking lot, 6 spaces

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no

Nearby Amenities:

Public Restrooms: No

Sources for More Information:

AMC River Guide: 4th Edition, page 153

Website: Map and Guide to paddling the Taunton between Weir Village and Dighton Rock (Adobe Acrobat format)

Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:

Weir Village Park is 1/3 mile long city park next to the river with walking paths, benches, a small playground, and views of the river, but no restrooms.

Photographs:

The Parking Area for the Boat Ramp at Weir Village Park

The Parking Area for the Boat Ramp at Weir Village Park

Photography by: Bruce G. Hooke

Date of Photograph: May 1, 2010

East Water Street is in the foreground in this photograph. The boat ramp is at the back of the parking area shown here.

 
The Boat Ramp at Weir Village Park

The Boat Ramp at Weir Village Park

Photography by: Bruce G. Hooke

Date of Photograph: May 1, 2010

The steep, narrow boat ramp at Weir Village Park.

 

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This site report was last updated on August 20, 2010

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