Calendar

This calendar, covering river and wetland-related events in Massachusetts from Saturday, April 26 to Sunday, July 6, has been compiled by the Mass. Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) to provide you with the opportunity to participate in events in, on, along or about the rivers and wetlands of the Commonwealth.

 

June, 2014

 

June 11 (Wednesday) – SHAWSHEEN RIVER – Annual Meeting of the Shawsheen River Watershed Association, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM in Bedford, sponsored by the Shawsheen River Watershed Association. “Come join us for our annual meeting to hear what we’ve been doing and learn how to identify aquatic invasive plants from Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation staff. Write to ShawsheenRiver@gmail.com for more info.

June 13 (Friday) –MERRIMACK RIVER –Guided Moonlight Kayak Tour, 9:00 PM –11:00 PM in Lowell, sponsored by the UMass/Lowell Kayak Center. “Our moonlight tours are guided tours of the Merrimack River using the light of the full moon. An instructor will meet you at the Boathouse bay doors (500 Pawtucket Ave., Lowell). Paddling by moonlight offers a particularly peaceful experience, as the temperature cools and world quiets. All the light you need is there in the moon, and the glow sticks on front and back of our boats. You will be surprised by how much you can see and share a special experience that you will remember forever. Please come 15 minutes early if you would like kayaking instruction. Please register in advance, as the group size is limited to 12 people.” Fee: $30/person. Call Rachel at (978) 934-1932 to sign up or for more info.

June 14 (Saturday) – NASHUA RIVER – Eighth Annual Nashua River Flatwater Canoe and Kayak Race in Groton, sponsored by the New England Canoe and Kayak Racing Association (NECKRA). Several entry classes available for 10-mile long course and 4-mile short course. Registration begins at 9:00 AM; race begins at 11:00 AM. Barbeque after the race. Contact Stephen Miller [(978) 771-1821 or stephen.miller@.pobox.com] for more info.

June 15 (Sunday) –MERRIMACK RIVER – Hike through the Deer Jump Reservation in Andover, 1:30 PM start, sponsored by the Boston Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club. “Enjoy a scenic walk along the Merrimack River. We may catch some Mountain Laurel in bloom.” Heavy rain cancels. Directions: Take I-93, Exit 45 (River Road). Proceed west on River Road for 1.2 miles. Turn right onto Launching Road. Travel 0.25 miles to the trail head on the right just past #15 Launching Rd.While pre-registration is not required for this activity, you may want to contact the trip leader Fred Snell [(978) 686-3647 (best time to call: Before 9:00 PM), fredsnell@gmail.com] for more info.

June 20 (Friday) – MERRIMACK RIVER – Guided Sunset Kayak Tour, 7:00 PM –9:00 PM in Lowell, sponsored by the UMass/Lowell Kayak Center. “On this guided tour, an instructor will meet you at the Boathouse bay doors(500 Pawtucket Ave., Lowell)at 7:00PM and paddle upstream on the Merrimack River. Although the boathouse is located downtown, the Merrimack offers a quiet oasis, and it will be hard to believe you are still in the city. We will take a side-trip up a nearby creek and under an old mill before watching the sky blaze in a colorful sunset. In the twilight we will float gently back to the Boathouse. Please come 15 minutes early if you would like kayaking instruction. Please register in advance today, as the group size is limited to 10 people.” Fee: $30/person. Click here or call Rachel at (978) 934-1932 to sign up or for more info.

June 20-22 (Friday-Sunday) –MYSTIC RIVER –“Into the Mystic” Environmental Art and Film Festival, hosted by the Medford Arts Center, Inc.(MACI) and taking place at Hyatt Place, 116 Riverside Ave in Medford.The festival is a collaboration of MACI, Green Medford, Mystic River Watershed Association, The City of Medford’s Office of Energy and Environment, and the Friends of the Mystic River.Festival events include an opening night reception (Friday, 6:00 PM–9:00 PM) with films Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia, Re-storying the Anacostia River, and The Mystic Unseen; and (on Saturday at 7:00 PM) a showing of the Festival’s feature film, The Mystic Herring Run: The Return of 2012 and Beyond, with filmmaker Shervin A. Arya. Contact Mike Oliver [info@mysticartgallery.org or (617) 605-7325] for more info.

June 21 (Saturday) –NASHUA RIVER–Nashua River Festival, 10:00 AM –4:00 PM, sponsored by the Lancaster Friends of the Nashua River. This free event will take place on the Cully Field property bordering the Nashua River (directly across from the Lancaster Fairgrounds) along Route 117 in Lancaster. The River Festival offers families and individuals the chance to get out and enjoy a day of fun activities on the banks of the Nashua River, one of the most beautiful natural resources in the town of Lancaster. The field will be full of LOTS of fun family activities plus feature a musical tent where groups will be playing all day long. The Festival also will include Canoe Rides (Still River Outfitters), Livestock and Petting Zoo (Lancaster 4-H), educational displays by Mass. Audubon and Mass. Fish and Wildlife, a BBQ (Lancaster Boy Scouts) and Ice Cream (Juniper Farms). Contact Peter Stanton at (508) 523-5916 or pstanton@wbjournal.com for more info.

June 21 (Saturday) –NASHUA RIVER– Canoe the Nashua River and the Lancaster River Festival, 11:30 AM –2:30 PM, sponsored by Mass. Audubon’s Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary. Adults and families are invited to come out and enjoy a downstream, flat-water paddle on the Nashua River,meandering through the superbly scenic Bolton Flats Wildlife Management Area. This program will begin and conclude at the annual Lancaster Nashua River Festival (see above listing). Canoes, PFDs, and paddles are provided. Fee:  Adult $12/member, $18/non-member; Child $8/member, $12/non-member. Pre-registration is required; Call (978) 464-2712 to sign up or for more info.

June 22 (Saturday) – POWOW and MERRIMACK RIVERS –Historic/Scenic walk in Amesbury, 9:00 AM start, sponsored by the American Volkssport Association and the Walk’N Mass Volkssport Club. “Part of a Tristate weekend of events in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts and celebrating the summer solstice. The routes in Amesbury, MA traverse paved city streets through the historic downtown. Enjoy walking Amesbury’s Riverwalk along the Powwow River. The 10km route also includes a section along the Merrimack River.”

June 26 (Friday) –MERRIMACK RIVER –“Native Plants Gardens for Beauty and Bounty” workshop 10:00 AM –12:30 PM in Amesbury, sponsored by the Ecological Landscaping Association(ELA). Featuring native plants, natural garden design brings a taste of the wilderness to urban, suburban, and commercial settings by providing beauty for humans and bounty that attracts a variety of birds, butterflies and other wildlife. And once established, native plant gardens require fewer inputs (fertilizer or water) which benefit the environment while saving on maintenance costs. Join Nanette Masi for this behind-the-scenes tour demonstrating the natural beauty of three of her designed gardens, including her personal garden, whose natural setting includes a freshwater tidal marsh, a stream, and a view of the Merrimack River.

June 27 (Friday) –MERRIMACK RIVER – Guided Sunset Kayak Tour, 7:00 PM –9:00 PM in Lowell, sponsored by the UMass/Lowell Kayak Center. “On this guided tour, an instructor will meet you at the Boathouse bay doors (500 Pawtucket Ave., Lowell) at 7:00 PM and paddle upstream on the Merrimack River. Although the boathouse is located downtown, the Merrimack offers a quiet oasis, and it will be hard to believe you are still in the city.We will take a side-trip up a nearby creek and under an old mill before watching the sky blaze in a colorful sunset. In the twilight we will float gently back to the Boathouse. Please come 15 minutes early if you would like kayaking instruction. Please register in advance today, as the group size is limited to 10 people.” Fee: $30/person. Call Rachel at (978) 934-1932 to sign up or for more info.

June 28th (Saturday) – MERRIMACK RIVER – Enjoy a day paddle down the Merrimack River. Meet at Quickwater Canoe and Kayak at 15 Hannah Drive, Concord, NH at 10am and be shuttled to a leisurely put in Franklin, NH (Franklin High School). Cost per boat is $20; kayak rentals can be obtained for $45. Waterproof cameras are suggested. Estimated time of the full run is between 4 and 5 hours. There are 3 sets of class one rapids, little more than speed-bumps, at the beginning and are easily navigated by beginners although glass or carbon boat are not recommended. Sponsored by the MRWC.  Contact Rob at Robw57@gmail.com for additional details. PFD must be properly worn at all times.

June 30 (Monday) – NORTH NASHUA RIVER (NASHUA WATERSHED) –  hosted by the Merrimack River Watershed Council- Fitchburg Civic Days, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Riverfront Park in Fitchburg, sponsored by the City of Fitchburg. Events scheduled include the Annual Doll Carriage & Bicycle Parade from 1:00 – 3:00 PM; a Chicken Barbeque & Fitchburg Military Band performance from 3:00 PM –6:00 PM; and the Annual Amazing Duck Race, taking place at 6:00 PM.

 

July, 2014

 

July 5 (Saturday) –MERRIMACK RIVER –“Trash Patrol” Paddle on the Merrimack River in Tyngsborough, co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club and MRWC. “The popular Trash Patrol Paddles are back! Spend a great day out on the water and leave the river a little cleaner than you found it. We supply everything but the canoe or kayak! Contact trip leader for details and directions.” Pre-registration is required; Contact trip leader Denise Hurt [(603) 889-4812 (best time to call: 9 AM -9 PM), hurt28@charter.net] to sign up or for more info.

July 9th (Wednesday) – MERRIMACK RIVER, Amoeskeag Rowing Club, Hooksett, NH –Wednesday evening recreational paddle, co- sponsored by the New Hampshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club and MRWC. Get out mid-week, away from it all, and spend an evening going on our half-way to sunset and return trips.  Pre-registration is required; Contact the trip leader John Pilla at John.Pilla@yahoo.com to sign up and get the details.

July 12th (Saturday) – MERRIMACK RIVER – Enjoy a day paddle on the Merrimack River. Meet at the baseball fields in North Chelmsford, just behind (East) of Vinyl Square (180 Wotton St., Chelmsford, MA) at 10:00 AM.  Follow Wotton St to the ball field and then to the boat ramp. No shuttle necessary for this trip and no cost. This is an easy flat water paddle.  We will paddle upstream to and around Tyng Island and return, finding a nice beach area to stop for lunch.  Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, wettable clothing, and shoes.  If there is time and interest, there is a nice additional side paddle South through tunnells under mill section of town.  A headlight is suggested for this portion of the trip. Sponsored by the MRWC.  Contact John Pilla at John.Pilla@yahoo.com for additional details.  PFD must be properly worn at all times. 

July 16th (Wednesday) – MERRIMACK RIVER, Greeley Park, Nashua, NH – Wednesday evening recreational paddle sponsored by the New Hampshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club and MRWC. Get out mid-week, away from it all, and spend an evening going on our half-way to sunset and return trips.  Pre-registration is required; Contact the trip leader John Pilla at John.Pilla@yahoo.com to sign up and get the details.

 

August, 2014

 

August 2 (Saturday) – “The popular Trash Patrol Paddles are back! Spend a great day out on the water and leave the river a little cleaner than you found it. We supply everything but the canoe or kayak! Co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club and MRWC. Contact trip leader for details and directions.” Pre-registration is required; Contact trip leader Denise Hurt [(603) 889-4812 (best time to call: 9 AM -9 PM), hurt28@charter.net] to sign up or for more info. Location TBD.