Lake Nippenicket, Hockomock Swamp, and Town River

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

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Hockomock Swamp is an extraordinary paddling resource with huge biodiversity. Take care not to get lost in the swamp’s depths. Lake Nippenicket may experience significant boat traffic at times, but on a quiet morning can be pleasant—and it offers access to the swamp. You can paddle the Town River within the swamp or a separate downstream section, where you can’t get lost. Lake Nippenicket, locally known as “The Nip,” is a modest-sized, shallow lake between Brockton and Taunton. While the lake offers pleasant paddling, don’t expect solitude on the lake itself, as motorboats and personal watercraft dominate on popular weekends, and you hear a lot of road noise from Route 24 and I-495, both of which come within a half-mile of the lake.
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)

Hockomock Swamp is an extraordinary paddling resource with huge biodiversity. Take care not to get lost in the swamp’s depths. Lake Nippenicket may experience significant boat traffic at times, but on a quiet morning can be pleasant—and it offers access to the swamp. You can paddle the Town River within the swamp or a separate downstream section, where you can’t get lost.

Lake Nippenicket, locally known as “The Nip,” is a modest-sized, shallow lake between Brockton and Taunton. While the lake offers pleasant paddling, don’t expect solitude on the lake itself, as motorboats and personal watercraft dominate on popular weekends, and you hear a lot of road noise from Route
24 and I-495, both of which come within a half-mile of the lake.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Bridgewater
Distance: 2
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day Trip
Class: Class I
Season: Spring through Fall
Local Contacts: Hockomock Swamp, mass.gov/dcr/stewardship/acec/acecs/lhcksmp. htm; The Nature Conservancy interactive map, maps.tnc.org/ hockomock
Local Maps: Massachusetts Atlas & Gazetteer, Map 53: O26, Map 57: A23, 24, B23, C23; USGS Abington, Taunton
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Nippenicket, Hockomock Swamp, and Town River

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