New Bedford Reservoir

Acushnet, Massachusetts

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A huge flock of Canada geese greeted us at the access when we revisited New Bedford Reservoir, and many small groups of wood ducks fled before us as we paddled up the channel. In spring, nesting songbirds fill the surrounding area. In July, swamp azalea and swamp rose bloom in profusion along the wooded shore, where green and great blue herons stalk fish and amphibian prey and mute swans eat their fill of abundant aquatic vegetation. In mid-September, early-migrating blue-winged teal join the resident waterfowl. A highly varied shoreline and many marshy coves provide a haven for all sorts of waterfowl and wetland plants. Don’t expect easy paddling, though. Expect to see: mute swan, Canada goose, wood duck, mallard, great blue heron, green heron.
Quiet Water Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island: AMC's Canoe and Kayak Guide, 3rd Edition

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Quiet Water Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island: AMC's Canoe and Kayak Guide, 3rd Edition

by Alex Wilson & John Hayes (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

A huge flock of Canada geese greeted us at the access when we revisited New Bedford Reservoir, and many small groups of wood ducks fled before us as we paddled up the channel. In spring, nesting songbirds fill the surrounding area. In July, swamp azalea and swamp rose bloom in profusion along the wooded shore, where green and great blue herons stalk fish and amphibian prey and mute swans eat their fill of abundant aquatic vegetation.

In mid-September, early-migrating blue-winged teal join the resident waterfowl. A highly varied shoreline and many marshy coves provide a haven for all sorts of waterfowl and wetland plants. Don’t expect easy paddling, though. Expect to see: mute swan, Canada goose, wood duck, mallard, great blue heron, green heron.

©  Alex Wilson & John Hayes/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Acushnet
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: USGS Assawompset Pond, New Bedford South
Driving Directions: Directions to New Bedford Reservoir

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