Plymouth Street Bridge
This site is a portage. This typically means there either is no road access to this location or that the site is not recommended as a launching site for some other reason. The portage may be around a dam, whitewater, or some other obstruction.
Description & Overview:
Unless the river is fairly low the old bridge at Plymouth Street will have to be portaged. At low river levels it is possible to squeeze under the bridge if you are careful (and don't mind a short but dark tunnel). Otherwise, take out on the right side of the river above the bridge and carry across the bridge to put in down the concrete steps on the left side of the river below the bridge.
The Plymouth Street Bridge is closed to vehicle traffic but there is vehicle access to either end of the bridge so this site could be used as a put-in or take-out. However, because this is a quiet residential neighborhood without good parking it is not recommended as a put-in or take-out except in an emergency.
Please be respectful of the private property owners along the river. The take-out above the bridge in particular is on the edge of someone's front yard so be neat, quiet, and courteous, and don't spend more time than you need to here so that the paddlers who come after you will continue to be welcome here.
Below Plymouth Street the Nemasket continues to wind quietly through woods and marshes to its junction the Taunton River. At higher river levels you will have to portage around the Murdock Street Bridge 1.1 miles downriver from the Plymouth Street bridge.
This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Taunton River watershed: Nemasket River.
Nearest Town Center: Middleborough
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: Portage
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Shoreline: Grass and earth above the bridge, concrete steps below the bridge.
Portage Length: 125 feet
Parking: on street
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Public Restrooms: No
Sources for More Information:
AMC River Guide: 4th Edition, pages 157-158
Looking Upriver at the Decrepit Plymouth Street Bridge
Photography by: Bruce G. Hooke
Date of Photograph: May 1, 2010
This photograph shows why a portage is necessary at the Plymouth Street Bridge when the river is high, as it is in this photograph. The put-in below the bridge is the concrete steps on the right side of this photograph.
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This site report was last updated on August 29, 2010