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 Itineraries: Blackstone Gorge to Millville Lock PDF

River Bend Farm:  Beginner & Intermediate

River Bend Farm to Blackstone Gorge

Northbridge: Plummers Landing to River Bend Farm

The 44 mile riverway from Worcester to Pawtucket offers a diverse and unique landscape with forests, urban areas, historic mill villages and farmlands. The Blackstone River drops about 10 feet per mile which is steeper than the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Virtually the entire length of the River is navigable by canoe or kayak. The River lends itself to both less experienced and experienced canoe skills and some portages (traversing land) can be difficult. There are no Class IV or V difficulty navigational spots on the River.  The estimated traverse time is three miles per hour, but seasonal challenges or weather can alter the course significantly.

The River ranges from flatwater (little or no current) up to Class three currents (rapids with irregular waves, and narrow passages needing complex maneuvering skills). There are several public access points along the River: Click here for Boat Ramps.

 

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