That appears to be duck weed on the surface of the canal. It's
    usually August by  the time it covers Spindleville Pond like this.
    I wouldn't want to swim in it, but for going through it in a kayak,
    it's no problem, and easier to get through than pond lilies.

Visitor center at Riverbend Farm.

The Blackstone River near Hartford Avenue in Uxbridge.

    There's access to the Blackstone Canal behind the Tri-River Clinic, and also a short
    way down the street at Riverbend Farm. Behind the clinic, you can also get into the
    river. The folks in the canoe were going down the river. As they got near to Route 16
    near the Stanley Mill, they planned to portage over to the canal for the return trip. There's
    very little current in the canal, so it would be easy to get back to where they had put in. If
    you'd like to try that, I'd say it would be a good idea to get advice and a map at the visitor
    center first. The river is braided and tricky in that location.

    The river/canal access area behind
    the clinic is just below Rice City Pond.

The Blackstone Canal - Uxbridge, Massachusetts

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