Grab the kayak and enjoy a full day run down the Nemasket river right off RT 44. This river has some beautiful scenery and makes a fun trip for the whole family. There are two Nemasket river trips this is the second and longer of the two. The pace is moderate due to the distance to the pull out.
Logistics: This trip does require a bit of car juggling so I suggest grabbing a few friends to come along.
The river is fairly calm with a nice steady current. You will see a lot of wildlife along the river including geese and a massive Great Blue Heron.
There are a few key features to keep an eye out for...
1. the great stone bridge...okay maybe it's not that great but it is fun to deal with... word to the wise if the water is high, portage....you can fit a boat or canoe but I would warn against it.
2. At one point you will be winding along underneath a set of high tension wires...they're not the problem but the half submerged tree that comes after that is...I remember straddling the tree helping people and boats over it. If the water is very low you should be able to get out and walk over the marsh. If the water is high you should be able to get over it without a problem. There is one entire tree that is across the river you will have to get out on the bank and either portage or you can get the boats up and over the tree.
3. When you get to the train trestle bridge you are almost done...after this point within a mile or so you should come to a junction. This is where the Tauton river bisects the Nemasket. The river will be a lot wider, calmer and have a dark brown tinge to the water. Take a left from the junction.
4. The last bridge...this is the last hurrah of the trip so enjoy it. There are numerous rocks under this bridge and you get some mini rapids. so enjoy pick a clean line with no white caps and sail on through. at this point the pull out is on your left right after the bridge. I recommend surfing downstream until you?re clear of the rapid and then paddle upstream to the pullout.
Last thing pull out dry off get the lone car and go get a cold one.
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Head south on RT-3 S 3.7 mi
2. Take exit 7 to merge onto US-44 W toward Taunton/Providence RI 12.4 mi
3. Turn left at Plymouth St ( across from the KOA ) 0.1 mi
The Put in is Oliver mills. There is a parking lot and a beach to launch from
The Pull out is the TiTicut street bridge.
The trick to this trip is to drive to Oliver Mills and unload all of the gear
Then take at least two cars to the Pull out and leave one there. There is a pull off a couple hundred feet down after the bridge.
Then take the car back to the Mill and get yakking.
Directions between the Put in and Pull out
from the Put in take a Right on Everett St
take a left at Plymouth st
Right at Titicut st once you cross the bridge look on the right for a pulloff.
the bridge has a steep slope so be careful brining the boats up.
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