Nashua River and Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge

Harvard, Massachusetts

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This protected section of river is a wonderful paddling resource, filled with ducks and other birdlife. Look for deer, muskrats, and painted and snapping turtles under the branches of silver maple that drape out over the water.
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)

This protected section of river is a wonderful paddling resource, filled
with ducks and other birdlife. Look for deer, muskrats, and painted and snapping turtles under the branches of silver maple that drape out over the water.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Harvard
Distance: 9.5
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 7 hours round trip
Class: Class I
Season: Spring through Fall
Local Contacts: Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge" rel="nofollow">Refuge" rel="nofollow">rel="nofollow">Refuge" rel="nofollow">rel="nofollow">rel="nofollow">rel="nofollow">Refuge, fws.gov/northeast/oxbow Camping at Willard Brook State Forest, Pearl Hill State Park
Local Maps: Massachusetts Atlas & Gazetteer, Map 27: M17, 18, N17, 18, O18, Map 39: A18, B17, 18, C17, 18; USGS Ayer, Hudson
Driving Directions: Directions to Nashua River and Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge

Recent Trail Reviews

7/14/2012
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We could not launch from this spot because it was so steep. We are experienced kayakers but felt very uncomfortable with the steepness of the launch. We have pretty long sea kayaks so it would probably be easier with a small kayak. We found a launch place further north in Groton that was easy, but found the Nashua river to be very clogged with growth - impassable at many spots and not attractive; however, not a lot of activity other than a few fishermen and a few other kayakers. We will not go back - too gucky.



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