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Weweantic #6B "Horseshoes"

A cache by MOEMOE Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 03/01/2011
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

This is a reconstruction of an inital Weweantic Series that kept on disappearing. Location is slightly offset from original site.

Park: Follow dirt access road to Birch Island parking lot behind Decas School Cache 41-45.950 070-44.834 While in the area check out Birch Island and Conant Hill caches.

We have developed a series of 7 microcaches that allows the cacher to follow the flow of the Weweantic River from inception to it’s entry into Buzzards Bay then into the Atlantic Ocean.
Weweantic River Reservoir Geocache Series
Weweantic or Weweantit as they originally named it, means the Crooked River in the language of the first people of this region the Wampanoag's. The river begins in the town of Carver where South Meadow Brook and Rocky Meadow Brook conjoin and ends at the confluence with the Wareham River in Buzzards Bay. The Weweantic is about 15 miles in length and has a watershed of roughly 55,000 acres.
The upper reaches of the Weweantic meander through marshes, bogs and red maple swamps. The tannin rich waters received from this wide network of wetlands gives the Weweantic water its deep amber hue. This part of the river has supported extensive cranberry cultivation for the past 200 years. Several small dams along the upper river are in use to maintain small ponds for cranberry irrigation. Others appear to be out of use with no boards in their spill gates. Due perhaps to the upper rivers gentle gradient and slow flow there doesn’t appear to have been much industrial development along its course. As the river makes its way down into Wareham and under Rt. 28 its character begins to change.
The river widens here into the impoundment created by the Tremont Dam. Below this dam the Weweantic begins its final two-mile rush toward the bitter waters of Buzzards Bay. Along this stretch the Weweantic tumbles down a steep gradient through largely undeveloped and unspoiled woodlands of pines and hardwoods. Long stretches of cobble and boulder strewn riffles make this a popular spot for springtime canoe and kayak enthusiasts. Below here the river widens into the impoundment created by the Horseshoe Pond Dam. This dam is considered the beginning of the Weweantic’s estuary and the end of Buzzards Bay’s tidal influence.

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