Let's paddle a "Wild and Scenic" designated section of the Concord River from the Lowell Road Boat Ramp, past North Bridge and Minuteman Park, through the Great Meadow's National Wildlife Refuge.
(NOTE: I Just noticed that "River FEST" is happening this weekend: https://riverfest.sudbury-assabet-concord.org
So there will be activities happing in Concord that day). Not sure how this will affect parking.
We'll plan to do about a 3 mile round trip paddle. Starting at the Lowell Road bridge to the Great Meadow's Wildlife Refuge Landing (were we can stop on a landing near the Dike Trail for a rest before returning). Or, we could turn around sooner, depending on how everyone feels. Don't forget water and sunscreen!
At this launch point, which is sort of a dirt beach, the usual routine is to drive down to the water to drop off your gear, then park back up on the shoulder around the bridge. Or if you are parked close enough you could just carry your board down. The spot will probably be obvious when you get close as it can be a popular spot on a nice weekend, but there is plenty of parking.
(If this time of day doesn't work for anyone who would like to attend, please let me know because I am flexible with the time.)
More information here:
PFDs are required to paddle with this group. Inflatable belt PFDs are fine, but if you are planning to push your skills (and get wet in the process), you'll be safer and more comfortable in a traditional PFD and a wetsuit or rash guard, with a leash to keep your board from blowing away when you fall off.
AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING THIS MEETUP, YOU AGREE TO: Hold harmless, and indemnify the organizers and their relations and heirs, and all members and participants of the Meetup group from any and all claims for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage including those caused by negligence, ignorance, inexperience and other reasons. You also agree to assume all mental, physical, financial, and/or other risk associated with this meetup. Standup paddling and other activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment.