Assabet River from Northboro to Hudson

Date and Time

Saturday, December 7, 2019


Hudson MA,
Massachusetts, Central,


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader.


This run, beginning near the Northborough-Marlborough boundary and ending behind the fire station in Hudson, is about 5 river miles. We will meet at my home in Holden at 8:45 A.M. and at the put in at about 9:30. We will expect to get back to the Holden area about 4:00 P.M. The river twists and turns through a scenic valley where one may see ducks, red tailed hawks, deer, etc. There are signs of beaver activity along the way. There are several places where paddlers need to maneuver around fallen trees or other minor obstacles and there are a couple of shallow ledges with clear passages right in the middle of the stream. Sometimes, depending on the weather, we may encounter ice in the places where there is little current. We generally carry on with the trip unless there is bitter cold weather, winds above 20 miles per hour, or a heavy all day rain or snow. Lunch is on a small island part way down the river. Participants are asked to bring their lunch and water bottle, rain gear, and a change of clothes in a waterproof container in case of a capsize. Everyone will be expected to wear a pfd (life vest). Participants are required to sign the Appalachian Mountain Club's "Waiver of Liability" before beginning participation in any Appalachian Mountain Club activities. To borrow a kayak or canoe contact equipment coordinator David Elliott AFTER registering for the trip. Email full name, cell phone and address to, cc'ing the leader, subject line "Boat Loan."

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Assabet River


Paddling - Flatwater

Offered By

Worcester (Mass.)




Adults (18+)


Been leading day trips for over fifty years, plus multi day trips in Maine, New York, Ontario, and Quebec.