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Last weekend I participated in another of the MRWC kayaking trips. I penciled this trip into my calendar early this season as it was the only section of the Merrimack River in Massachusetts that I have not paddles. The trip started at the foot of the Pawtucket Falls in Lowell and we took out at the Dracut / Methuen line. Our put in for this trip was right behind Lelacheur Park. The walk down to the water was a bit hairy as it included a walk down a fairly steep embankment covered with gravel as well as traversing a few washed up trees. One of the kayakers on the trip is an usher at the park so we were able to leave our kayaks under the bleachers while we shuttled the cars to the tale out.
|Put in behind Lelacheur Park|
|Beaver Brook Geese|
|Looking downstream from Aiken Street Bridge|
|Looking upstream toward rapids and Aiken Street Bridge|
|Lowell Canal discharge|
|Mouth of the Concord River|
|Looking upstream at Hunts Falls|
|Playing in the big waves at Hunts falls|
Total length of this trip was about 6.5 miles and it took us about three hours including a stop for lunch. Due to the fast current and abundance of rocks this is probably not a section of the Merrimack River that I would paddle alone. It was a great trip for a group paddle though. This trip completes my goal of paddling the entire length of the Merrimack through Massachusetts. Next year I will start tackling the New Hampshire sections.