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Massachusetts Towns in the Ten Mile River Watershed:

  • ​North Attleborough

  • Plainville

  • Plainville

  • Rehboth​

  • Attleboro

  • Mansfield 

  • ​Seekonk

  • Wrentham 

Major Tributaries:

  • Scotts Brook

  • East Branch Ten Mile River

  • Rattlesnake Brook

  • Bungay River

  • Hidden Hollow Brook

  • Daggett Farm Brook

  • Wide River

  • Coles Brook

  • Thacher Brook

  • North Brook

  • South Brook

  • Sevenmile Brook

What's happening in the

Ten Mile River Watershed?

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Organization working in the Ten Mile River watershed​:

Ten Mile River Watershed Council

Friends of the Ten Mile and Bucklin Brook

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Environmental Concerns for the Ten Mile River


The Ten Mile River has been polluted since the 19th century. Sewage and nutrient runoff from surrounding roads, lawns, parking lots, and gulf courses degrades water quality in river. However, the river is very slowly being restored to it's natural state with the help of locals who found a passion in trying to protect the river. For example, back in 2015, herring swam upstream for the first time in a century.




Additional Facts


History: During the Industrial Revolution, factories dumped pollutants into the river. Did You Know? Despite its name, the Ten Mile River is actually 22 miles long and covers roughly 54 square miles.





Ten Mile River Activities
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Swimming
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Walk, Hike, Bike
Paddling
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Boating & Sailing
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Fishing
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Swimming

 

Swimming locations in the watershed:

  • Whiting's Pond (North Attleboro) is accessible for swimming but only for North Attleboro residents. 

  • Falls Pond (North Attleboro). There is a recreational area at the end of Barbara Road, but this area is mostly used for fishing. 

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Walk, Hike, Bike

 

Walking, hiking, and biking locations:

  • North Attleboro National Fish Hatchery (North Attleboro) has a nature trail and gardens for viewing. 

    • Access at 144 Bungay Road.

  • WW1 Memorial Park and Zoo (North Attleboro) has numerous picnic areas, playgrounds, a ski slope, an open field for sports (used most for lacrosse), a sledding hill, a beach area, and a petting zoo.

    • Access at 365 Elmwood Street. 

 

  • Telford Park (Plainville) is a 10 acre park home to large groups of Canada Geese, American Robins, Belted Kingfishers, and, during the summer, Eastern Kingbirds.

 

  • Eagle Scout Nature Trail (Plainville). Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, and Downy Woodpeckers all call this park home year-round. During the summer, populations of Pine Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Ovenbird, Wood Thrush, and Northern Waterthrush nest in the park. 

    • Access at Everett Skinner Road.

 

  • Seekonk Meadows Park (Seekonk) is an 8-acre plot of land that used to be landfill but in 2012 it became the town of Seekonk’s first park.  

 

  • Gammino Pond Conservation Area (Seekonk) has multiple trails, fishing, water access, and a picnic area.

  • Caratunk Wildlife Refuge (Seekonk). Trails in this area are well-marked and easy to navigate. The refuge is roughly 200 acres and has fields, forests, streams, and ponds. It offers birdwatching, a nature center, cross-country skiing, and restrooms. ​

  • Friends of the Ten Mile and Bucklin Brook are developing the Ten Mile River Heritage Trail which will connect the Warner Trail and East Bay Bike Path. The trail will follow the entire length of the river from source to sea. Stay tuned!

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Paddling

 

Paddling locations:

  • Falls Pond (Attleboro) has a paved, publicly accessible board ramp in the Joseph F. Zaino Memorial Conservation and Recreation Area at the end of Barbara Road. There is a twenty-five horsepower motor limit in the northern basin. Boat ramp is open to Massachusetts residents only. 

    • Access at 4 Barbara Road.

    • There is a fee to use the large parking lot.

  • Gammino Pond Conservation Area (Seekonk). Motorized boats are prohibited here. 

    • Access at 463 Newman Ave​.

See the Boston Kayaker: Kayaking on Ten Mile River and Central Pond - in Seekonk MA for more information. 

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Boating & Sailing

 

Boating locations:​​

  • Falls Pond (Attleboro). See the Paddling section above for more information. 

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Fishing

 

Fishing locations:

  • Falls Pond (Attleboro) is a great spot to fish for largemouth ass, yellow perch, white perch, black crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed, and golden shiner. For more information, click here

  • Ten Mile River Fishing Spot (Attleboro). Brook, brown, and rainbow trout, largemouth bass, yellow perch, and bullhead catfish are common species found here.