Harvard has three waterways for canoeing: Bare Hill Pond, Delaney Project and Nashua River.
Bare Hill Pond
Canoes can be launched in Bare Hill Pond at the Town Beach at the end of Pond Road. Canoes being launcehed require a sticker. Town residents can acquire a stick for an annual fee of $10. Non residents can launch canoes for a launch fee of $10 per launch.
Canoes can be rented when the Town Beach is staffed with lifeguards.
Canoes can be launched in Stow at the boat launch. Best time is spring and early summer. Late summer the project becomes very weedy.
A wonderful segment of the mainstem Nashua River runs from Still River to Groton, approximately 17 miles, with a single portage around the beautifully restored Ayer Ice House Dam. This scenic paddle passes through the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge where a wide variety of birds and wildlife may be seen. Above the Ayer Ice House Dam, the river wanders through the Groton Town Forest and Sabine Woods, past the mouth of the Squannacook River (worth exploring), under historic Fitch’s Bridge, and into the oxbows of Pepperell Pond above the Pepperell Dam. This is a great adventure any day but is particularly outstanding in autumn when the trees along the banks reach the peak of their fall color. While out on the water, you will feel like you’re miles from the nearest civilization.
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