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The Concord, Assabet, & Sudbury Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Council
Concord River's Boater Trail Map
Concord River's Boater Trail Map (cached copy)
Concord River's Boater Trail Commentary Guide
Concord River's Boater Trail Commentary Guide (cached copy)
Sudbury River Water Trail
South Bridge Boat House canoe/kayak rentals
Boston Globe: Canoeing in Concord
US National Parks Service: Minute Man National Historic Park
US National Parks Service: Minute Man National Historic Park Map
US National Parks Service: Minute Man National Historic Park Map (cached copy)
US Fish & Wildlife Service: Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Profile
US Fish & Wildlife Service: Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Paddling.net: Concord River Trip Report 1
Paddling.net: Concord River Trip Report 2
Paddling.net: Concord River Trip Report 3
Paddling.net: Concord River Trip Report 4
All photos in this website are original and copyrighted.
Putting in at the up-river side of Lowell Road bridge.
Literature below lifted from the US National Parks Service website.
The North Bridge
The North Bridge that visitors walk over today is actually a recent (summer of 2005) restoration of the last bridge built on this site in 1956. The 1956 bridge is the fifth bridge to occupy this hallowed ground since the time of the battle in 1775. The bridge that was there in 1775, the "battle bridge," was taken down in 1788.
The Minute Man statue in Concord MA
"Minute Men" were volunteers to the colonial militia of Massachusetts whose duty was to defend the colony against her enemies, and were expected to keep their arms and equipment with them at all times, and in the event of an alarm, be ready to march at a minute's warning - hence they were called "minute men."
The Minute Man statue represents a (generic) farmer who leaves his plow and picks up his musket to defend his land and liberty. This statue is the logo for the National Guard, and is the one shown on the 2000 “Massachusetts” quarter.
At the Minute Man National Historic Park
Site of the opening battle of the American Revolution is brought to life as visitors explore the battlefields and structures associated with April 19, 1775, and witness the American revolutionary spirit through the writings of the Concord authors. The decade-long political feud between the British government and the American colonists, determined to retain their rights as British subjects, came to a devastating climax as British regulars clashed with colonial militia and minute men on April 19, 1775 at Lexington, Concord's North Bridge and on the long, bloody road back to Boston. The fighting that began that day soon grew into a war for independence that lasted more than eight years. Many years later, Ralph Waldo Emerson used the phrase "the shot heard round the world" to describe the significance of this event.
Back to the river.
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)
From the refuge website: The refuge was established in 1947 to provide nesting, resting, and feeding habitat for migratory birds. Roughly 85 percent of the refuge's 3,600 acres is omprised of valuable freshwater wetlands stretching along 12 miles of the Concord and Sudbury Rivers. Well known for its birdwatching opportunities, the public can also enjoy a variety of other wildlife-dependent recreational activities while visiting the refuge.
The River opens up wide past the refuge.
Feels good to be free and American!