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Barton Cove Canoe & Kayak Rental Area

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Gill, MA
United States
42° 36' 29.5128" N, 72° 32' 16.0476" W
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Picnic area and boat rental operation owned by FirstLight. Location for portage shuttle.

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Offical Access Point
Portages around the dam are available seven days per week during daylight hours for canoes and kayaks. Due to the unpredictability of river travel times for boaters, portages are performed on an as needed basis for groups with four or fewer boats. Groups with more than four boats are asked to call one month in advance to plan ahead for portage dates. On most days, portages will be provided within 15 to 90 minutes of the boater's telephone call. Paddlers should have all gear unloaded and wait by their craft. Portage Procedure: Paddle to Barton Cove Canoe & Kayak Rental Area and unload gear from boats. Paddlers then call 413-659-3761 to request a pick up. Barton Cove is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends. During closed hours or seasons paddlers need to use their own telephones. Portages drop paddlers off at Poplar Street in Montague City.