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Canoeing in Concord

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From Boston, take I-90 (Mass Pike) West
Take Exit 15 for I-95/Rte 128 North (New
Take Exit 29B towards Acton/Fitchburg on Rte 2 West
After about 4 miles, continue straight at the light at the bottom of the hill towards
Concord (Rte 2 turns left)
After 1.5 miles, turn left on Lexington Road towards Concord Center
At the first rotary in Concord, turn left on
Main Street (also Rte 2A/62)
The boathouse is about 1.5 miles after
Concord right after the bridge over the
Sudbury River
Parking on both sides of the road
  Good to know in advance
Open April 1st to November 1st

Hours: weekdays: 10 am to dusk;
weekends: 9 am to dusk

Full day rate (5 hours or more): $66
Discounted rate on weekdays: $12.45 per hour, $60 per day (5 hours or more)
Paddle and life jacket provided
South Bridge Boat House: 496 Main Street, Concord; Ph: 978-369-9438
Do not trample vegetation if you land on the river banks
Bring your trash back to the boat house
Do not harass wildlife on the river or on the riverbanks

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Difficulty: 2/5
  Time from Boston: 0.5 hours
  Duration: A few hours

$14 per hour per canoe

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It would be difficult to find a more picturesque place to paddle than the Sudbury River near Concord. The South Bridge Boat House, located a few hundred yards from the center of Concord, allows you to paddle north through the Minuteman National Historic Park and - guess what - under Old North Bridge, probably the most famous site of the Revolutionary War's first day of battle between the British troops and the Minutemen.

The historic value of the area is not the only reason to paddle here, however. The launch base is located in the middle of a relatively dense network of rivers that offer many opportunities for a half day or full day of fun. In addition to the Concord River that crosses the Historic Park, and nearby Assabet River, paddlers can explore the Sudbury River to the south of the Boat House. In all cases, preserved river banks, abundance of wildlife, and the absence of nautical challenges (except a sometimes vigorous current near the boathouse) make this area a great place for outdoors fun.

While most people will satisfy themselves with an hour or two on the water, the Boat House offers good rates for daily rentals too. Here is an opportunity to come with friends to rent a couple of canoes and spend the entire day paddling and exploring the area. The extra time opens up new opportunities for adventure, including paddling the Concord River to the north to stop at the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge for a hike.

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