Assabet, Massachusetts, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II (varies with level)|
|ASSABET RIVER AT MAYNARD, MA|
|usgs-01097000||2.50 - 6.00 ft||I-II||01h15m||3.38 ft (running)|
WARNING!!! 3/21/18 The last two snow and wind storms have caused dozens of massive trees to fall across the river. There are at least 3-4 mandatory portages, with a few you can slip by. Many of the slots under bridges are blocked, and are dangerous. Even an Irene sized event likely won’t move most of it, so I would avoid this run until it’s cleaned up.
Posted 3/30/03 by Tommy T. on the NPMB message boardThe Assabet in Maynard is a short, easy class II that runs right through downtown Maynard. The putin is at the junction of Rtes. 117 and 62, just below the dam. I've always used the office building parking lot. Even though it has been posted "Private Property no river access" since last fall, I've had no trouble putting on with small groups on weekends. You can access the river from the other side as well. The take out is at the Maynard Elks on Rte. 62 just above the next dam. When we were there last December we took out right through the Christmas tree sale. Nice people. The scenery ain't much. The water quality is so-so. But it's 40 minutes from Boston and you can scout it all from the road.
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