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JUNE 16-KAYAK the Blackstoned Canal-River ~ Hike + Potluck BBQ @ Pregatory Chasm

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Hi Everyone,

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 75. Northeast wind between 6 and 10 mph. Looking Great,

See ya there...




I HAVE been to Purgatory Chasm State Reserve in MA and found it to be a most interesting Place for a short hike and a perfect spot for the Potluck BBQ afterward making this trip worth it just for this place alone.

However, I have NOT Kayaked the Blackstone Canal or River yet but have gathered enough data to indicate it should be worth the drive especially tied in with the Hike and Pot Luck BBQ at Purgatory Chasm.

Kayaking info: If you want to see a bit of info on the place---here is the link for the river part of the day:

The Hike and BBQ will be here:


Additional Info for the paddle event:

We will start at River Bend Farm and go EXPLORE as far as we can, then return.

Blackstone River and Canal

Heritage State Park

River Bend Farm Visitors Center

287 Oak St.

Uxbridge Massahussies 01569
508 278-6486

The Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park recalls the role of canals in transporting raw materials and manufactured goods between emerging industrial centers. Walk along restored sections of the Blackstone River Canal and Towpath from the River Bend Farm Visitors Center (

This park is operated in conjunction with the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor ( which extends from Worcester to Providence, Rhode Island. Straddling the town line between Uxbridge and Northbridge is a 1000 acre natural area offering walking and hiking paths, canoe access, picnic areas and a broad expanse of the Blackstone River known as Rice City Pond, which is a great area for watching wildlife.

Trail Map
Download printable version (pdf) (

Inspired by the success of the Erie Canal (begun in 1817) and spurred by the expansion of textile manufacturing along the Blackstone River in the early 19th century, the Blackstone Canal was built to link Central Massachusetts to the Atlantic via Providence, RI. Between 1828 and 1848, segments of the river were paralleled by the canal on which horse-drawn boats carried freight and passengers between Worcester and Providence. Initially highly successful, the canal was made obsolete by the completion of the railroad in 1847. Most of the canal structures are now gone, but the remains of lock chambers, dams, bridges, workers' housing, and a company store serve to remind us of the rich industrial history of the Blackstone River Valley.

Along the Way
Be sure to visit Millville Lock (, the best preserved lock along the canal. Follow Rte. 122 south from Uxbridge to Millville Center. Turn right at the intersection of Rte. 122 and Central Street. parking is available at the corner of Hope and Central Streets. Follow the old railroad bed to the lock, which is about 3/4 mile away. The Blackstone River runs wild through high rocks at Blackstone Gorge ( about 6 miles away. Follow Rte. 122 south through Millville into Blackstone. Turn right on County Road, following signs to the Gorge. There is limited parking at the end of the street; trails are left of Roaring Dam.

Park Directions

The park is located off of Rte 122 in south central Massachusetts.

Meeting Spot:

Just use your GPS...

From the East/West/Boston/Southeast:

Take Mass Pike (Rte. I-90) to exit #10A in Millbury, Rte 146 South. Take Rte 146 S & follow for 12 miles to exit # 3, Route 16. Turn left onto Rte 16 East and follow for 2 miles to the traffic lights. Turn left onto Route 122 North and follow for 1-1/4 mile and then turn right at traffic light onto Hartford Ave. In 1 mile, turn right onto Oak Street at the UMass Tri-River Family Health Center. Visitor Center is 1/10 mile on the left in the red barn. ~~> Park where there is enough room for us, I think there is a lot to the NORTH also..look for my orange cones...etc.. More details added as the time gets closer IF NECESSARY.

See those that are interested there.



The following Kayaks with paddles and life jackets are available for the put in site if reserved in advance:
Note: if you reserve a kayak and i take it all the way to the site and you do not show -- you will never join us again for any event, these are my personal hobby boats and its asked you be sincere in showing up besides i ask less than half of what a local shop charges and you get better equipment right at the event site.
Yes i will understand traffic may cause you to be late and if i hear of of any traffic via my GPS or by other arriving members, then we usually wait a bit longer than normal.
Please get a GPS, or a GPS with traffic data is even better.
Boat use Doughnation is $20.00.
KAYAK #1: Eddyline Wind Dancer Fiberglass/Kevlar, Red, Rudder Equipped 18' @ 24" wide.
This is an expedition style sea kayak designed for rough sea conditions and heavy loads.
Highly stable (initial & secondary), heavy weight (52 LB).
For almost any sized paddler apx (100 to 240 lbs) with beginner and up skills.
KAYAK #2: Necky Eliza Plastic, Fire Color, Rudder Equipped 15'-3.5'' @ 22"wide.
Transitional Recreation to Sea Kayak, moderate weight (49 LB) ladies kayak
Small to Medium sized paddler (100 - 175 lbs) with Beginner and up skills.
This is the heavier model and largest cockpit of the Eliza series.
--- - --- AVAILABLE
KAYAK #3: Necky Eliza Advanced Composite (Un Modified), Red and White, Skeg Version 15'-3'' @ 21" wide.
Transitional Recreation to Sea Kayak, Light weight (45 LB) Ladies Kayak.
Small to Medium sized paddler (100 - 175 lbs) with Beginner and up skills.
This is the medium size cockpit of the Eliza series.

KAYAK #4: Necky Eliza Composite Special Ultra Light Version
(Very Thin Fibreglass), Yellow, Skeg Version 15'-3'' @ 21" wide.
Transitional Recreation to Sea Kayak, Light weight (40 LB) Ladies Kayak.
Small to Medium sized paddler (100 - 175 lbs) with Beginner and up skills.
This is the lightest of the Eliza Series and also with the smallest cocpit.

KAYAK #5: Wood Cedar Strip Night Heron by Guillemot Kayaks, Fixed Skeg 18' @ 20" wide.
Overall a stable and predictable Sea Kayak with a hard chine, low rocker Greenland style hull, heavy weight (50 lbs).
Greenland style Paddle available also if specifically REQUESTED. .
Medium Sized Paddler (apx 150 - 220 Lbs) with NOVICE/INTERMEDIATE and up skills.
KAYAK #6: Space Reserved for BARBARA
MANY OF YOU KNOW IT HAS BECOME annoying AND A REASON THAT PEOPLE (me and some of you) HAVE LEFT OTHER GROUPS..ETC..because it has become some form of chatter conversation between members instead of direct e mail to the persons.