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Towns in the Ware River Watershed:

  • Hubbardson

  • Oakham

  • Rutland

  • Worcester

Major Tributaries:

  • Bickford Pond

  • Winimusset Brook

  • Danforth Brook

  • Flat Brook

  • Beaver Brook

  • Swift River

What's happening on the Ware River watershed?

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Organizations working in the Ware River Watershed​:

Ware River Nature Club

Connecticut River Conservancy

Friends of the Ware River Watershed

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Environmental Concerns for the Ware River


As the Ware River is associated with the Quabbin Reservoir (a source of drinking water), its waters are relatively clean. Though the Ware River is susceptible to algal blooms and various sources of nonpoint source pollution, it does not face any unusual major environmental threats. See the EPA's report on the Ware River for more information.




Additional Facts


Did You Know?

  • The Quabbin Reservoir contains 412 billion gallons of water and is the largest man-made reservoir solely devoted to water supply
  • See this timeline detailing the Quabbin religion’s history. Here are some notable events: 1652: Water Works Company incorporated to being water into Boston 1745: Saw and grist mills are built in Greenwich 1787: Shays’ Rebellion (plotted at at Conkey’s Tavern in what would become Prescott) 1933: Quabbin aqueduct is completed 1939: Quabbin Reservoir begins to fill





Ware River Activities
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Swimming

 

Swimming in the Ware River is restricted to specific areas in the Rutland State Park and Comet Pond Beach, both of which are DRC-Park managed facilities. Swimming access is seasonal. 

Swimming locations:

  • Banas Farm (Ware)

    • For directions, click here.

  • State St. (Palmer)

For more swimming and boating information, see the Connecticut River Watershed's webpage: Is It Clean? 

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Walk, Hike, Bike

 

Walking, hiking and biking locations:

  • Ware River Rail Trail (Baldwinville - Templeton) is 12 miles long.

    • For a map of the trail, click here.

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Paddling

 

For a detailed list of access points on the Ware River, see this list from the Massachusetts Paddler.

Street addresses listed below are the nearest street access to the paddling location.  

Paddling locations: 

  • Brigham Pond Dam (Hubbardston)

    •  Access at 10 Old Princeton Road

  • Route 62 Culvert (Hubbardston)

    •  Access at 109 Old Boston Turnpike

  • Bickford Pond (Hubbardston)

    •  Access at 50 Lombard Road

  • Roadside Launch (Hubbardston) 

    •  Access at 130 River Road, Rutland

  • East County Road Bridge (Route 68) (Rutland)

    •  Access at 2 Intervale Road

  • Intervale Road Access (Rutland)

    • Access at 260 Intervale Road

  • Barre Falls Dam (Barre)

    • Access at Barre Falls

  • Washout off Granger Road (Barre)

    •  Access at Lakey Lane

  • Barre-Oakham Border Launch (Worcester)

    • Access at 1186 Worcester

  • Ware River Diversion Dam- Route 122 (Barre)

    •  Access at 1098 Worcester Road

  • Massachusetts Central Rail Trail Footbridge (Barre)

    • Access at 1311 Worcester Road

  • Powder Mill Pond Dam (Barre)

    •  Access at 918 Worcester Road

  • South Barre Dam (Barre)

    • Access at 7 Oak Street

  • Dam Portage on the left (east) side near the airport (Brookfield)

    •  Access at 35 Mill Street

  • New Furnace Launch Put-in (Gilbertville)

    •  Access at 1530 Barre Road

  • Creamery Road Bridge (Gilbertville)

    •  Access at the park entrance - 68 Church Street

  • Ware-Hardwick Covered BridgeWare River (Gilbertville)

    •  Access at 2 Bridge Street

  • Ware River Reservoir- Grenville Park (Ware)

    •  Access at the park entrance - 68 Church Street

  • Upper Mill Dam (Ware)

    •  Access at 15 Canal Street

  • Lower Mill Dam (Ware)

    • Access at 30 Maple Street 

  • Veterans Memorial Field (Ware)

    • Access at 36 Monroe Street

  • Route 32 Bridge on Palmer Road (Ware)

    •  Access at 366 Palmer Road

  • Summer Street Bridge and Emery Road (Palmer)

    •  Access at 2 Emery Street

  • Thorndike Upper Damn Portage Take-out (Thorndike)

    •  Access at 4 Hill Street

  • Thorndike Lowe Dam Portage Put-In (Thorndike)

    • Access at 4021 Main Street

  • Route 181 Bridge- Mile 1.25 (Palmer)

    •  Access at 3099 Sykes Street

  • Ware River Mouth & Chicopee River Begins (Three Rivers) 

    •  Access at 2028 Main Street

  • For more detailed information on permitted activities on the Ware River, see Mass Gov's activity regulations for the Ware River 

  • The Ware River Intake Zone is restricted to all recreational activity due to being a supply of drinking water. Any permitted activities detailed in the above document do not apply to the Ware River Intake Zone. 

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Boating & Sailing

 

Personal water crafts (ie. jet skis) and motorized boats are prohibited on the Ware River. Non-motorized boting is allowed in all areas except for the intake zone. For more information, see the Ware River's recreational guidelines.

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Fishing

 

Shoreline fishing is permitted in the Ware River Watershed except in restricted areas. Common species include brook, brown, and rainbow trout. 

 

Fishing locations in the watershed:

 

  • Peppers Mill Pond Dam (Ware). This location has a boat ramp.