HOORWA (Hoosic River Watershed Association) Lauren's Launch
Simonds Rd, Williamstown, MA

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Lauren's Launch in Williamstown, MA | Berkshires Outside
Lauren's Launch in Williamstown, MA | Berkshires Outside
Lauren's Launch in Williamstown, MA | Berkshires Outside
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About Lauren's Launch

Lauren's Launch is a put-in and take-out spot for canoeing or kayaking in Western Massachusetts. At the launch, visitors will find a sign denoting the entrance. This entrance will then lead visitors to a small trail leaving from the street. After about 10 feet, the trail drops steeply to a sandy beach along the Hoosic River. Here, visitors will encounter scenic views of Mount Greylock toward the south.

From this point, the Hoosic River travels toward Pownal, Vermont and then into New York. There is a take-out point further downstream at Clayton Park in Pownal and a put-in further upstream at Joe Girardi Park in North Adams.

Because the launch is located in a calm part of the river, launching is easy for paddlers of all experience levels. Heading downstream, visitors will access scenic views of the Berkshires and the Green Mountains. These mountains often erupt with vibrant yellows and oranges when the weather cools in autumn. There are also plenty of wildlife-viewing opportunities along this section of the river. Birds and amphibians, for example, are easily seen throughout the spring and summer.

There is no designated parking area for Lauren's Launch. Visitors should park on a small dirt shoulder off the Williamstown transfer station road, which intersects with Route 7 across from Hoosac Road. Conditions at the launch depend on the water level.

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