Fast current, low bridges and cold water

Nemasket at Plymouth St looking upstream

Nemasket at Plymouth St looking downstream

Nemasket at Plymouth St

Historic Plymouth St bridge over the Nemasket River


If you want to see the video to see how fast it’s moving click here.

Over the past few days I’ve been out checking river conditions and – I can’t believe I’m saying this – but I’m glad it’s too cold to paddle. The river conditions are pretty scary. And I’m one who likes to be out at the end of March or early April! We usually do our first trip on the upper Nemasket because it’s wide and calm. But the currents this year are a bit faster than normal due to all the rain. Plus – we can’t shuttle back up the river with the CDC corona virus guidelines.

This is the lower Nemasket River at Plymouth Street. The current is quick, and trying to get under this bridge with its headspace that slopes down as you go through would be pretty treacherous. There is a set of steps that you could use to launch and the bottom step is about 6 foot long. That step is currently about a foot under (cold) water.

I’ll be posting more locations over the next few days. Stay tuned.

~Monica Bentley
TRWA River Guide

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