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You put in on the Wilbraham side of the river. On Stony River Road is a small unpaved parking area suitable for 3-4 cars and an unimproved dirt ramp.
The scenery varies pleasantly along this short reach. Directly across from the dirt ramp are the hulking brick buildings of the Ludlow Mills, formerly one of the largest producers of jute rope in the world. At .85 miles you've passed the mills and you go under an old unused train trestle. For the next 3/4 of a mile it's woods on both sides of the river, and you can usually see Great Blue Herons, hawks, and occasionally an eagle.
Next you pass the Ludlow Country club, where you can see duffers just a few steps from the edge of the river. After the country club it's forest on the Ludlow (left) side, and a gravel bank on the Wilbraham side. You'll pass the Ludlow Elk's club, and at this point the current picks up a little for the last 1/3 mi of the reach up to the dam. You can paddle right up the rocks at the foot of the dam.
The ramp is approx. .25 down the road, on the left.
Classic Freestanding Rack
Heel and Pegpads™