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Tricentennial Park

42° 10.847' N    71° 43.833' 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:

Singing Dam backs the river up for about a 3/8 mile, creating what is effectively a pond that can be paddled in both directions above the dam. Below the dam the river is a mix of flatwater, quickwater and class I-II whitewater. The short sections of class II whitewater can be portaged, but the class I whitewater and quickwater must be run.

The access to the river above the dam is down a short path from the east end of the parking lot but the last part leading down to the river has unfortunately become overgrown with grass and cattails. This takeout will be a bit hard to see from the river if you are paddling down to here from higher up the river but look for it on the right about 50 feet upriver from the dam.

Below the dam and bridge there is a concrete path leading down to the river, to a put-in for paddling downriver. The path starts at the end of the bridge and is about 200 feet long.

Aside from the commercial buildings across the road from the park, the river both above and below here is largely forested, with occasional farm fields, houses and mill buildings visible from the river.

For paddling this section of the Blackstone a more detailed guide is necessary then this website can provide. You should use the AMC River Guide or a similar book and only paddle this section of the river if you are an experienced paddler.

NOTE: There are ongoing issues with pollution in the Blackstone River. Great strides have been made in cleaning up the river relative to where it was a generation or two ago but under some conditions the water may still have a noticeable odor.

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

Location:

Alternate Site Name: Singing Dam

Town: Sutton

Nearest Town Center: Sutton, MA

Driving Landmarks: From Route 122A turn onto Blackstone Street just north of where Route 122A goes under a railroad bridge. There is a sign for J&G Foods at this turn. Go about 0.1 miles down Blackstone Street and park in the parking lot for Tricentennial Park on the left. This park is across the street from J&G Foods and just a little before where the road crosses the river.

Access & Waters:

Water 'Features' At Site: dam, whitewater, 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: Sand and gravel

Float/Dock: no

Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 50 feet

Portage Length: 300 feet

Parking:

Parking: parking lot, 10 spaces

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? yes

Nearby Amenities:

Public Restrooms: No

Sources for More Information:

AMC River Guide: 4th edition pages 150-151

Website: Blackstone Heritage Corridor National Park - Get On the River Page, with links to an excellent set of paddling maps and related information

Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:

Tricentennial Park is so named because 2004 was the 300th Anniversary of the founding of the town of Sutton. It is a small, 5-acre park with lovely views up the river, picnic tables, and historic markers.

Photographs:

The Parking Lot at Tricentennial Park

The Parking Lot at Tricentennial Park

Photography by: Bruce Hooke

Date of Photograph: September 18, 2020

 
A View Upriver from the Bridge

A View Upriver from the Bridge

Photography by: Bruce Hooke

Date of Photograph: September 18, 2020

 
The Overgrown Path to the River above the Dam

The Overgrown Path to the River above the Dam

Photography by: Bruce Hooke

Date of Photograph: September 18, 2020

 
The Start of the Path to the River below the Dam

The Start of the Path to the River below the Dam

Photography by: Bruce Hooke

Date of Photograph: September 18, 2020

 
The Put-In for Paddling Downriver

The Put-In for Paddling Downriver

Photography by: Bruce Hooke

Date of Photograph: September 18, 2020

Note that this image was made in September, during a drought. The river is usually higher than this here.

 
A View Downriver from the Put-in

A View Downriver from the Put-in

Photography by: Bruce Hooke

Date of Photograph: September 18, 2020

Note that this image was made in September, during a drought. The river is usually higher than this here.

 
View up River about a Mile Below Singing Dam

View up River about a Mile Below Singing Dam

Photography by: Bruce Hooke

Date of Photograph: November 3, 2008

This view from the Depot Street bridge in Wilkinsonville shows (in the distance) the broken down dam about a mile below the Singing Dam. At some water levels this broken down dam can be run. At other levels it must be portaged. Stop and scout to determine whether it is runnable. There is no access to the river from the road at Depot Street.

 

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