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East Main Street Bridge

41° 53.772' N    70° 53.865' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Map Server   Acme Maps

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This is a site for launching hand-carried boats and it is also a portage. This typically means that to continue paddling down the river past this site you will have to portage your boat around a dam or other obstruction.

Description & Overview:

There is limited parking at this site and East Main Street is fairly busy so this is not the best place to start or end a trip on the Nemasket, but when the river is high the East Main Street Bridge must be portaged because it is too low to fit under in a canoe or kayak. The take out for this portage can be tricky because when the river is high it is moving fairly quickly above the bridge and the take out is just before the bridge on the left, near the small brick structure. Once off the river, carry across the bridge and the street.

The put-in below the East Main Street Bridge is down the road embankment into the "pool" below the bridge, on the right side of the river (facing downriver). This bank is somewhat steep but not that high. When the river is lower, most of this "pool" is the lawn of the adjacent house.

Below East Main Street the Nemasket is quiet and slow moving all the way to Oliver Mill Park, which is 1.5 miles downriver from East Main Street. For much of the way the river is lined with wetlands and houses are only rarely visible. There is a power line that cuts across the river a couple of times.

As you approach Oliver Mill Park, you will see the historic Nemasket Street bridge ahead of you, which is built of stone and has multiple narrow openings that carry the river under the road. These openings are wide enough for a canoe or kayak and are not that long, but look before you enter them to make sure there is nothing blocking the way, and use caution when going through these openings.

Below the bridge, do NOT attempt to run the dams or the fish ladder at Oliver Mill Park. Instead, look for a channel leading off to the right where you can take out along the grassy bank to either end your trip or portage around the dam and fish ladder to continue down the Nemasket.

Click here for a printable map and guide (in Adobe Acrobat format) to paddling this part of the Nemasket River.

This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Taunton River watershed: Nemasket River.


Town: Middleborough

Nearest Town Center: Middleborough Center

Driving Landmarks: From I-495 north or south take the Exit 4 for Route 105, Middleboro Center and Lakeville. If you are coming from the north go left at the end of the ramp. If you are coming from the south go right at the end of the ramp. This will put you on South Main Street (Route 105) heading northeast. Go about 1.3 miles and turn right onto East Main Street (still Route 105). Go another 0.4 miles to where East Main Street crosses the river.

Access & Waters:

Water 'Features' At Site: flatwater/slow moving river

Note: Because one boat launch can access, say, both a lake and a river or both the upstream and downstream portions of a river, not all paddling trips at a given site will necessarily encounter all of the features listed.

Type of Access: Boat launch for hand carried boats

ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no

Shoreline: earth, mud and roots

Float/Dock: no

Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 100 feet

Portage Length: 150 feet


Parking: on street, 2 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no

Nearby Amenities:

Public Restrooms: No

Sources for More Information:

AMC River Guide: 4th Edition, page 157

Website: Map and Guide to paddling the upper Nemsket River (Adobe Acrobat format)


The Take-Out at East Main Street

The Take-Out at East Main Street

Photography by: Bruce G. Hooke

Date of Photograph: May 1, 2010

Looking down towards the river at the take-out above the East Main Street Bridge.

The Put-in below the East Main Street Bridge

The Put-in below the East Main Street Bridge

Photography by: Bruce G. Hooke

Date of Photograph: May 1, 2010

As this picture shows, the put-in below the East Main Street is short but a bit steep. This photograph also shows why a portage here is necessary when the river is high. At the river level in this photograph there is nowhere near enough space for a canoe or kayak to fit under the bridge. At lower river levels there is space to fit under the bridge and much of the area in the foreground of this photograph is dry ground.

View Downriver from East Main Street

View Downriver from East Main Street

Photography by: Bruce G. Hooke

Date of Photograph: May 1, 2010

The river as seen from the East Main Street Bridge, in spring when the river was high.


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This site report was last updated on August 29, 2010

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