Paddled this today - June 9, 2013. The put in is on the western side of the river at the end of Mill St in Dover, right by the bridge. There was an open gate and a path that goes down to the water.
Not very exciting. Barely 100 yards of quick water with a couple small rapids. Watertown Square was more exciting for me.
Water quality terrible, not recommended as a place to play or surf.
The directions above were confusing to me so I just wanted to post the LatLng coordinates so people could search for it themselves if they wanted. Here they are: 42.25907, -71.26311
Or, just sue this Google Map link: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=42.25907,+-71.26311&hl=en&sll=42.255967,-71.264191&sspn=0.038212,0.037336&t=m&z=17
Only one cross-wire with a single pole on it at this site these days...
Not sure which gage should be used. The Charles in Waltham might also be useful.
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In response to requests by American Whitewater, several affiliates, and other stakeholders, FERC directed Brookfield Renewable to study the impact of its hydropower operations on whitewater boating on the Deerfield River in western Massachusetts. Boating groups and our supporters are seeking to determine optimal whitewater boating flows from the Fife Brook Dam and whether changes in hydropower operations would enhance boating opportunities, access and navigation.
American Whitewater, along with other paddling groups and outfitters, filed comments with FERC responding to the Whitewater Boating Evaluation at Turners Falls on the Connecticut River. The study showed that there is strong demand for boating on this section of the Connecticut River if sufficient flows, scheduled releases, better access, and real-time information are provided. The groups filed the comments in order to provide additional information for the environmental review and to respond to the unsupported statements by FirstLight, the utility performing the study, claiming that there is little demand for boating at Turners Falls.
A hardy group of northeast boaters climbed into the natural river channel below a hydropower dam to participate in a flow study designed to assess whether whitewater flows should be restored to this dewatered river reach on the Connecticut River. While significant obstacles remain, this site has the potential for providing instruction, playboating, and a big water feature that that could be run throughout much of the year and provide a much needed boost to the local economy.
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