This eTrail includes two sections of Massachusetts' Millers River: South Royalston to Athol and Erving to Millers Falls. The Upper Millers (trip A) run starts in South Royalston, just a mile below the Birch Hill Dam, which completely controls the discharge. The river offers a pleasant trip in medium water, with no major difficulties. It should require no scouting. The Lower Millers, as this section is known, has some of the same drawbacks as the Upper Millers, although it offers better whitewater sport.
The run begins near one paper company, ends near another, and passes by a landfill along the way. How’s that for scenery? Route 2 follows the river for the first half of the trip, and there is a short picturesque valley near the end. Running the rapids consists mostly of riding up and down haystacks, with little or no vigorous maneuvering. Some stretches of rapids are long, and one in particular (the Funnel) is very heavy and tricky. Parts of the run are excellent for practicing surfing techniques or for instruction.
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