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I'd recommend a quiet but rewarding trip downstream, putting your kayak in at Gleasondale. From Main Street leading east out of Hudson, take Route 62 heading northeast approximately one mile to where a bridge crosses the river, near an old mill on the left hand side of the road. You can pull your car out just north of the bridge, on the right, where a short path takes you down to the water's edge.
For the next five miles, you'll enjoy some very scenic paddling through the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, with not a lot of development around. The river passes at least one big island where model plane enthusiasts like to fly their electronically-controlled contraptions, as well as running by a big estate where a local collector likes to hangar his vintage World War II airplanes. But much of the journey feels secluded, with not much more than the occasional duck blind to show the touch of human presence. You'll likely spot some mute swans and other wildlife.
Before arriving at the Ben Smith dam in Maynard, there's a pull out on the right where you'll find a small park called Icehouse Landing, adjacent to the town's recycling and "transfer station." This is the end of your downriver trip, since you definitely don't want to go over the dam, which is well-marked and barricaded with floating orange barrels.
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