Quaboag - Lucy Stone Park in Warren to Route 67


Quaboag, Massachusetts, US

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Lucy Stone Park in Warren to Route 67

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 5.5 Miles

Punching the Hole


Punching the Hole
Photo of Dustin by Andy Stuart taken 05/04/08 @ 4.5/500

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
QUABOAG RIVER AT WEST BRIMFIELD, MA
usgs-01176000 4.00 - 6.50 ft II-III 00h32m 3.76 ft (too low)


River Description

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.


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Last Updated: 2018-05-23 19:48:23

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Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 13 2013 (1923 days ago)
Scott MDetails
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.
May 27 2013 (1940 days ago)
Brett RussDetails
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.
June 4 2012 (2297 days ago)
I went to the Quabog yesterday with 2 friends. Level was 4.06 and dropped to 4.04 by the time we
got to the take out. Watch out for strainers! The level was pretty low, so getting around the trees
was not hard, and spotting them was not hard, but if the current were any pushier, I think they
will become less avoidable and the potential for getting swept into them definitely increases. 4.06
is pretty low, and we got beached on rocks quite often. After Devils Gorge, there are a LOT more
trees. We walked around one of them. It was a fun run, but I won't run it again at a higher level
until the trees are gone.
June 4 2012 (2297 days ago)
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.


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