The Quaboag starts at the Lucy Stone Park as a class II river for almost half of the run then turns into a class III pool drop river with one carry around a dam. At the higher water levels some of the rapids become very turbulent and are filled with powerful holes that can easily swamp an open boat. For a complete description refer to the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide" by Bruce Lessels.
Caution: Be on a constant lookout for downed trees. There are a lot of beavers in the area and they're all on steroids. They've been knocking down huge trees that have spanned the entire river. This video, recorded 3/22/2014, is one scary example.
Best after paddle food/ice cream: JANINE'S FROSTIE!!! http://www.janinesfrostee.com/ 149 Eat Street, Ware, MA North of the Quabog, on Route 32. Cheap prices, and hits the spot.
Ran today at 5.0, plenty of strainers and sweepers to keep you busy, but nothing required portaging. Really fun, all my previous runs were 4.1-4.2 so this was quite an improvement, one wave train in the gorge had ~4' waves. Great day, no swims. Have fun but be careful with all the wood.
Ran yesterday around 5.7. Highest I've seen it at. River features still very fun. Still no portages required, but combination of low hanging trees that could fall, and some trees we floated over that would be a problem at lower levels will continue to demand very careful attention if you paddle it. As of June 13th, another 1-2 inches of rain is expected later this week.
6 years ago
Just some info on Quaboag. It keeps going up for about 2 days after any apprecialble amount of rain. Goes up slowly and also comes down slowly. The things got a big and swampy watershed.
Permits are not required for this reach.
Follow route 67 northeast to the town of Warren. Take the first left after crossing the Quaboag River onto North River Road. Lucy Stone Park is on the left just before crossing the next bridge. This is the put-in for the class II section.
For the take-out of the class II section and the put-in for the class III section follow route 67 southwest to a dirt pull-off a little ways before the traffic light in West Warren.
Brett in the Gorge
Jamie at Broken Dam
Dave at the mouse hole
"Sweeper" on Mouse Hole Drop
Quaboag Seal Launch
The Gorilla Line
Randy Sneaks left
Old Broken Dam on Quaboag
Mouse Hole Drop on Quaboag
Mousehole Drop on the Quaboag
Punching the Hole
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