Millers Falls river access area reopens

  • The Millers River access area on Newton Street in Millers Falls features a short walking path. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • A freight train passes over the Millers River as seen from the access area on Newton Street in Millers Falls. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • The view upstream from the Millers River access area on Newton Street in Millers Falls. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 6/3/2020 1:27:45 PM
Modified: 6/3/2020 1:27:35 PM

MILLERS FALLS — The river access area on Newton Street by Main Street reopened in May, complete with a new walking path and an improved access ramp for canoes and kayaks.

The area, which has always had a small access ramp into the Millers River, is one of only a few access points for canoes and kayaks. The closest ones are about 6 miles upstream in Erving, and 2 miles downstream at Cabot Camp, where the Millers River connects with the Connecticut River.

In the new improvements, the boat ramp is better defined with gravel filling. A walking path a few hundred feet long with a bench has now been added, plus space for parking on Newton Street.

An informational kiosk has also been added, which will eventually show information about the river from the Millers Falls Watershed Council, according to Montague Town Planner Walter Ramsey.

The improved park reopened in May, after all the improvement work was done in March and April, Ramsey said. It has been most popular with people who live in the neighborhood, he said.

“It’s a modestly sized walkway, but it gets a lot of use, and it gets people connected,” Ramsey said.

The improvements are worth about $22,000, which was funded with a grant from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, Ramsey said. The grant also required a 20-percent match from the town with in-kind services, he said, which was covered by the town Planning and Conservation Department’s organizational work.

Reach Max Marcus at or 413-930-4231.

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