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Kayaking on Sudbury River - from Lincoln MA to Concord MA

Rating: Three Stars - We paddled this route October 2011. About 15 minutes into the trip, you will be on a pond-like wide body of water. The Sudbury River exits at about 10 o'clock direction. The shorelines are mostly undeveloped. We paddled past our designated take out at Lowell Road to visit the Minutemen National Historic Park. There is the Minuteman statue, rangers giving history lessons and some in period revotionary costumes. I rated this route very highly because of the inclusion of the Minute Man National Park.

  Put in at Route 117 in Lincoln MA.
  Paddle north to Minute Man park.
Turn around at the
  Old North bridge.
Take out at Lowell Road
  in Concord MA.
Estimated distance
  = 5 miles
  South Bridge Boat House
  canoe / kayak rentals
Assabet joins Sudbury
  to form Concord River.
Minute Man National
  Historic Park
Old North

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Kayaking on Sudbury River - from Lincoln MA to Concord MA

Other resources:
The Concord, Assabet, & Sudbury Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Council
Sudbury River Water Trail
South Bridge Boat House canoe/kayak rentals
US National Parks Service: Minute Man National Historic Park Sudbury River Trip Report
Wikipedia: Sudbury River

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Trip date: October 2011

The trip plan is to follow the put in / take out in the map above.
Getting ready at the Route 117 river access.

Just launched.

Out of the launch cove, we turned right and follow the river flow.

After 10 minutes of paddling or so, we enter a pond-like part of the river.

The river flows to an outlet at around the 10 o'clock direction.

Autumn foliage is just starting . . .

Found the river outlet.

A palatial river-front house.

Sudbury Road bridge.

Route 2 bridge.

A cluster of 3 bridges ahead. First is the railroad bridge.

After the rail road bridge, is the Route 62 bridge.

After the Route 62 bridge (and before the Route 2A bridge) is the South Bridge Boat House canoe and kayak rentals.

South Bridge Boat House on the Sudbury River.

Continuing past the outfitter, the Route 2A bridge.

Route 2A bridge.

Nashawtuc Road bridge.

The river gets crowded in between the South Bridge Boat House and the Minute Man park.

Lowell Road bridge. We will go past this bridge to the historical park and come back later.

The rive access at Lowell Road bridge.

The Old North Bridge (replica). We beached on the right bank.

At the Minute Man National Historical Park.

A ranger giving some history lessons on that historical events in Concord MA.

Minute Man Statue: Massachusetts chose this monument in the quarter-coin state series to represent the state.

With a red-coat (British) colonial soldier.

Back to our kayaks, we paddled upriver to Lowell Road bridge where we have our car parked.

Lowell Road bridge in Concord MA.

River launch is south of Lowell Road bridge on the east bank.

End of today's river trip.

Lowell Road bridge in Concord MA.