Mendon Street (Route 16)
This is a site for launching hand-carried boats such as canoes or kayaks.
Description & Overview:
The dirt parking area here is right next to the river so it is a very short carry from your car to the river. The put-in is just below a short class I whitewater drop, which must be run if you are paddling down river to this site. Below this put-in the river is a mix of flatwater and quickwater. The Mumford River enters on the right 1/4 mile below the put-in and the West River enters on the left in another mile.
For the first two miles below Route 16 there are numerous tight bends in the river and many strainers (trees down in the river) so especially if the river is at all high, this can be a challenging paddle!
Note that there are plans to improve this put-in. While this work is underway access to the river may not be available at this site.
The riverbanks in this area are largely wooded with only occasional houses, roads and commercial buildings visible from the river.
The map and guide created by the Blackstone Valley Heritage Corridor is highly recommended for paddling this section of the Blackstone River. It can be downloaded from the park website at the link below.
This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Blackstone River watershed: Blackstone River.
Nearest Town Center: Uxbridge, MA
Driving Landmarks: From Route 122 or Route 146 take Route 16 east. Just after the junction with Route 122 you will cross the Mumford River. Keep going for another 1/2 mile and look for a dirt turn-off on the right just after you cross the Blackstone River. The entrance to the turn-out is small but if you follow it back you will come to a larger dirt parking area next to the river.
Access & Waters:
Water 'Features' At Site: whitewater, 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
Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 20 feet
Parking: parking lot, 14 spaces
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Sources for More Information:
AMC River Guide: 4th Edition, page 151-152
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This site report was last updated on November 2, 2009