The Sudbury arises in Westborough and flows generally northeast for 37 miles to its convergence with the Assabet River at Egg Rock in Concord to form the Concord River. In Sudbury and Wayland, it forms the huge wetlands that are part of the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. In hindsight these wide-open marshes weren’t the best choice on a day when strong wing gusts were forecast.
No matter, we met at the put-in on around 10:00 and headed out. The water was high, the sky was cloudy, but fortunately we didn’t get any rain. With the high water, we had to portage the Pelham Island Bridge. As we continued upstream toward Heard Pond the wind picked up. After 3 miles, knowing that we would be paddling into the wind on the return trip, we turned around and headed back to the put-in. Wind gusts of 25-miles per hour made for a long slog back, especially for Jonathan who was paddling solo, but it was still a good trip.
We’ll add this one to the list of potential flatwater trips for next year - on a day when the wind won't be an issue.
Few more pictures here:
Sudbury River Boaters Trail