Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sudbury River - Wayland to Concord - August 13, 2016

Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge
We’ve done a few trips on the Assabet the last couple of years, but it has been a while since we’ve been on the Sudbury.  I got out yesterday with Bill for a RICKA trip on the Sudbury River from Wayland to Concord

The Sudbury River arises in Westborough near the Hopkinton line and flows 37 miles general to the northeast to its confluence with the Assabet River at Egg Rock to form the Concord River. The 15-mile section from the Danforth Street Bridge in Framingham to the Route 2 Bridge in Concord has been designated as a Wild and Scenic River; and the 2-mile section from the Route 2 Bridge to Egg Rock has been designated as a Recreational River.

Main Street Bridge
We put in at Sherman’s Bridge Road in Wayland and paddled down to Lowell Road in Concord  - about 8 miles. For much of the trip, the Sudbury meanders through marshland that is protected as part of the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. We stopped for lunch at Brooke Island at Fairhaven Bay. 

After lunch we continued downstream into Concord.  There were a lot of paddlers in rental boats as we paddled under the stone arch bridges in Concord.  Since we had all been there before, we skipped the trip down to the Old North Bridge.

Paddling through Concord
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