Kayaking and Canoeing

Launch Areas:

Canoe / kayak launch locate at entrance of Quinebaug River Trail

Canoe / Kayak Launch Area
Above the Dam and Below the Dam

Also known as Paper Mill Pond and Paper Mill Dam
11-37 West Dudley Road, Dudley MA 01571
Lat/Long: 42.050087°, -71.982596°

Merino Pond:

Launch area by Dudley Town Beach

Driving Directions:

From Southbridge Road (Route 131), turn onto West Dudley Road. Continue .15 mile, between Industrial Transfer & Storage Company and the closed bridge, where the Quinebaug River Valley Trail crosses the road.

Parking & Access to the River

An eight-car parking and kiosk area is part of the rail and water trail corridor. The West Dudley Pond launch is adjacent to the parking area. There is vehicular access and a turn-around to drop off your boat and gear.

Paddling above West Dudley Hydro Dam:

The impounded river behind the dam provides a pleasant stretch of river with current and plenty of water even in dry conditions. Paddle around the pond, or upstream until either current or scratchy rocks convince you to turn back. West Dudley Pond is an ideal place for family outings and novice paddlers. Keep an eye on the wind as the open water is about .75 mile long and 400 feet wide.

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