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Paddle Tully River to Long Pond

The Tully River in Royalston, MA is a scenic river that heads north out of Tully Lake into Long Pond.  Round trip from the canoe launch up the river with a loop around the pond is a little less than 4 miles.  We'll attempt to head up the river that continues north out of the pond, but that may not be possible due to many beaver dams in that area.  Once we return to the canoe launch, those with time can continue on into Tully Lake and explore some of the shoreline, islands and coves.   Expect to spend 2+ hours for the trip up the river, more if we can get past/portage over beaver dams, and at least a couple of hours in the lake. 

The launch is on Doane Hill Road in Royalston, MA, diagonally across the street from Tully Lake Campground, near where the bridge goes over the river.  Please arrive in time to launch at 9:00 AM.

We will take a break for lunch, with a possible swim, depending on where we are. After paddling, there are other things to do in the area - hike to waterfalls, play disc golf, etc.  For more info about the recreational activities the area has to offer: http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/TullyLake.aspx

***PLEASE NOTE*** The organizers in this group are NOT trained leaders or instructors.  The organizers only set the time and place, each person participating in any group trip is responsible for their own safety.  Each participant is responsible for evaluating all relevant conditions for the trip and determining if their skills and equipment are appropriate for those conditions.

Required: PFD (worn), whistle, headlamp/flashlight (evening paddles). Optional/recommended: pump/bailer, insect repellent, sunscreen, water, snack, change of clothes in drybag, sunglasses, hat/visor.




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  • Nancy H

    It was a picture perfect day with a fabulous group! It couldn't have been better.

    2 · June 24, 2014

  • Pam

    I think so...Tom you with the Pilot and Heather with the suction cups???

    1 · June 23, 2014

    • Heather

      lol! Yes! That was me!

      1 · June 23, 2014

    • Tom

      Well it's actually an Element, a baby Pilot, green. (I think Heather is the one w/ the Pilot.) But yes, who else had a 2002 Ford Explorer at the launch. Sorry, but u took so long securing ur kayak I had to wonder why u didn't just put it inside as I did ... especially since I thought u had a split tail gate back like mine (seeing the horizontal seam across ur back door). (i'm looking for what might eventually replace my Element ... maybe I'll just keep it ... forever. Lol)

      June 23, 2014

  • Pam

    Sorry but I got lost driving in the sticks up there and arrived approximately 45 minutes late. Since I drove all that way and it was my first time out on my own, I decided to paddle anyways. I was just glad I was able to load and unload my kayak off the roof of my vehicle. I usually get assistance but I managed to my surprise. I didn't get to see any beaver but I saw two geese and their babies and a man paddling his canoe as if he was in a race. I noticed he went up and down the river to the pond twice in less the time it took me to do it once. Glad it was a nice day for everyone!

    1 · June 23, 2014

    • Tom

      Was that you in the Ford Explorer who Heather & i talked to? i think i encountered the same parents & gosling pair. We too saw that racer training the 2 laps in his radical $3K kevlar We-no-nah C1 ICF racing canoe. Amazing.

      June 23, 2014

  • Wendy S.

    Thanks Nancy for organizing this and thank Nancy, Joyce and Andy helped me went through the Beaver dame. It was nice to meet you all and thanks . I had a wonderful day.

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • Andy S.

    Thanks for a great day! I enjoyed it immensely, near perfect weather and a great group of fellow kayakers.

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • Heather

    Great day! Thank you! I enjoyed meeting everyone!

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • Tom

    The Tully River Canoe Launch was only given 4 stars because it only had a porta-potti (with a broken latch). (The facilities at the campsite next door might makeup for that.) Otherwise it was a beautiful paddle. I love winding waterways with surprises around the bends. Finding the marshy entrance to the East Branch was an interesting challenge even with a GPS: so I had about 5 miles total for the run to the confluence of Boyce Brook & back. Of course crossing the beaver dam was fun. And the company was excellent.

    June 22, 2014

  • Ron H.

    Nice ride, thanks for organizing it.

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • Heather

    My GPS says that I will be there at 9:05 will I miss you?

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, last minute, (zit figures), I wanted to go, and told everyone that I was hoping to meet new people, and get pointers on kayaking!
    But last minute my truck decide to play games?? But I did some kayaking tho, I hope I meet everyone, next time, my kayak is ready. And I love it!

    June 21, 2014

    • Nancy H

      Sorry 'bout your truck. See you another time.

      June 22, 2014

  • Ron H.

    I have room in my canoe for a paddler, no experience necessary, if someone wants to go but has no boat. Must let me know beforehand of course.

    June 9, 2014

    • Wendy S.

      I'll love to joint in. I fell sorry that my fat little kayak going too slow and keeping people speed it up. please let me know it is not too late.Thanks!

      June 21, 2014

    • Ron H.

      Wendy, There's room in my boat if you want it. If you've made other plans that's OK too. I will send you a message also.

      1 · June 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I "tried" looking the place up with my apple maps, and somehow it read Newton upper falls? Weird huh? How far would you know from say worcester? Also since my new kayak dolly is in transit (bought new one), how far from parking to river/lake do I need to carry it?

    June 9, 2014

    • Nancy H

      Use Doane Hill Road, Royalston, MA as your address. Look for the bridge that crosses the river and you'll see the sandy launch area with parking. You can back your car up to the water's edge. You can also look for Tully Lake Campground- the road to the launch is across the street and up hill a short way from there

      June 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, just got a new dolly that fits into the scrapper holes, and bringing the old "new" dolly along! If anybody can figure it out take it for $20 (I bought it for more $$). See you there!

      June 12, 2014

  • john b.

    This sounds like lots of fun but I'll be on vacation this week. Enjoy

    May 2, 2014

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