I’m an early riser, so when I saw a local club trip on the Taunton River that was meeting at 8:30, I knew it was for me. The fact that it was also a river I had never paddled before was another plus. I got an email off to Bill so we could paddle tandem in his 17 Wenonah.
The Taunton River arises in Bridgewater, MA and flows south across most southeastern MA to empty in Mount Hope Bay in Fall River, MA. The 37-mile river is one of the flattest in New England falling only 20 feet over its entire length. That is probably why it is also the longest undammed river in New England, and also why I had never paddled it. While not particularly remote, the Taunton is a Wild and Scenic River.
We put in at the Berkley Bridge in Dighton and paddled upstream about 4-miles to the new Weir Village Riverfront Park in Taunton. After a short break, we paddled back downstream, and took a short detour (about a mile) up the Three Mile River to the dam. Overall it was a 10-mile trip - very flat, so I’m glad we were paddling tandem. I was on my way home by 1:00 - perfect!
Few more pictures here: