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Wareham Street

41° 53.413' N    70° 54.222' 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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If paddling downriver to this site do NOT go under the bridge. Look for a channel leading off to the right above the bridge and take out next to the head of the fish ladder and the Middleborough DPW building. Carry across Wareham Street into Thomas Memorial Park and follow the directions below.

From the parking lot for Thomas Memorial Park, to paddle downriver below the dam, carry down the path into the park and then turn right and walk along the riverbank to where there is a low point in the rocks with a bit of a gravel along the riverbank.

Below Thomas Memorial Park there is 3/4 mile of quickwater, with a Class I Whitewater rapid at about 3/8 mile where the river cuts through an old canal wall. When the river is high the quickwater does not end until the East Main Street Bridge, which must be portaged when the river is high because there is not enough space to fit under the bridge. Taking out for this portage can be tricky because the take-out is just before the bridge on the left side of the river and the river is moving quickly at this point. So, the river from Thomas Memorial Park to East Main Street is NOT recommended for inexperienced paddlers, at least when the river is high. In late summer, when the river is low, it is also much slower moving and the biggest problem is likely to be having to get out occasionally to lift your boat over rocks, but the class I whitewater drop is still there, and while it is easier at lower river levels, it still needs to be run with a bit of care.

Below East Main Street the river slows down again and remains quiet and slow-moving all the way to Oliver Mill Park at Route 44.

Click here for a printable map and guide (in Adobe Acrobat format) to paddling this part of the Nemasket River.

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

Location:

Alternate Site Name: Thomas Memorial Park

Town: Middleborough

Nearest Town Center: Middleborough

Driving Landmarks: From I-495 north or south take the Exit 4 for Route 105, Middleboro Center and Lakeville. If you are coming from the north go left at the end of the ramp. If you are coming from the south go right at the end of the ramp. This will put you on South Main Street (Route 105) heading northeast. Go about a mile and turn right onto Wareham/Centre Street. Go 0.3 miles and look for a parking area along the left side of the road at Thomas Memorial Park, across the street from the Middleborough DPW building.

Access & Waters:

Water 'Features' At Site: dam, 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

Shoreline: Rocks and earth above the dam, rocks and gravel below the dam

Float/Dock: no

Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 150 feet

Portage Length: 400 feet

Parking:

Parking: parking lot, 10 spaces

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? yes

Nearby Amenities:

Public Restrooms: No

Sources for More Information:

AMC River Guide: 4th Edition, page 157

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

Photographs:

View of the Take-Out at Wareham Street

View of the Take-Out at Wareham Street

Photography by: Bruce G. Hooke

Date of Photograph: May 1, 2010

Do NOT go under the bridge at left. Instead, use the small channel leading off to the right in this photo to land and take-out near the head of the fish ladder.

Note that this photo was taken in the spring when the river was quite high. In late summer when the river is lower the greenery on the right is too high to see over from a canoe or kayak, but the channel leading to the take-out is still there.

 
Close View of the Take-Out at Wareham Street

Close View of the Take-Out at Wareham Street

Photography by: Bruce G. Hooke

Date of Photograph: May 1, 2010

A closer view of the landing above the bridge and dam at Wareham Street. The head of the fish ladder is on the left. The better take-out is on the right side of the picture in line with the house in the background.

Note that this photo was taken in the spring when the river was quite high. In late summer the greenery closes in quite a bit, but there is still a narrow channel leading from the river to the take-out.

 
The Take-Out at Wareham Street from the Land

The Take-Out at Wareham Street from the Land

Photography by: Bruce G. Hooke

Date of Photograph: May 1, 2010

Looking back at the take-out at Wareham Street from the land. The head of the fish ladder is on the right. The canoe on the left is at the better take-out.

 
The Parking Area at Wareham Street

The Parking Area at Wareham Street

Photography by: Bruce G. Hooke

Date of Photograph: May 1, 2010

The parking along Wareham Street for Thomas Memorial Park is on the right in this photograph and the entrance to the park is to the left of the large tree. The put-in below the bridge and dam is down this path. The take-out is behind the photographer.

 
The Put-in Below Wareham Street

The Put-in Below Wareham Street

Photography by: Bruce G. Hooke

Date of Photograph: May 1, 2010

The put-in below the dam and bridge at Wareham Street goes directly into quickly moving water, as this photograph shows, and the water does not really slow down that much until East Main Street when the river is high. This photograph was made in the spring when the river was high. When the river is lower the water is much slower moving here and in a dry summer you will likely have to get out of your canoe or kayak occasionally to lift it over rocks.

 

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This site report was last updated on August 29, 2010

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