The Millers River Public Access Area will provide an access point for paddling, fishing, wildlife viewing, and general enjoyment on municipal property off Newton Street in Millers Falls. The following improvements are proposed: A 160 foot long gravel access ramp will be reestablished, a staging/parking area will be cleared, and a short 450 foot loop trail will be installed along the riverfront on an overgrown municipal parcel. The paddlers access is strategically located between two other important public access points on the river and is an important part of the lower Millers River Blueway Trail.
On municipal property located off Newton Street (Between the bridge to IP Mill and the Railroad Bridge) in Millers Falls
The Montague Planning and Conservation Department has received a $25,000 grant from the Department of Conservation and Recreation provide this improvement. Heavy excavating and selective tree clearing will be contracted by the Town. There will be several volunteer days for trail building.
Work will happen starting Fall 2019. Under grant requirements, The project must be completed by December 2020
The Montague Open Space and Recreation Plan priortizes improving access to Montague's rivers for recreation and conservation. This will be the closest open space to the heart of the village. The lot is currently overgrown and blighted. While the Millers River abuts the village, there are currently no safe public access points. It will be an imporant improvement to the lower Millers River Blueway.