Fort Point Channel to the Esplanade and the USS Constitution

RSVPs for this event will begin 2 weeks prior on June 15th at noon.

We will be putting in at the new Floating Dock Kayak Launch at Fort Point Channel in downtown Boston.

We plan to Paddle to the Charles River, Pass through the locks, past the Museum Of Science and to the Cambridgeside Galleria. From there, We will paddle up the Charles River to the Esplanade and take a short break. We will leave the Esplanade, paddle back down the Charles, pass through the locks, and Paddle to the Charlestown Navy Yard to visit the USS Constitution. We will then paddle back to Fort Point Channel, stopping at The Barking Crab restaurant (located at the mouth of Fort Point Channel) on the way back to the put in.

Total Distance Paddled Will Be Approximately 11 Miles.

Low Tide at the Charles River Entrance : 10:45 am

High Tide at the Charles River Entrance : 5:10 pm


This is a Level Two paddle, restricted to Kayaks 14 feet or more in length, with Watertight Bulkheads. We will likely encounter Wind, Waves, Boat Traffic, Commercial Ships, and Tidal Currents. You will need to be competent in Self and Assisted Rescues, Paddling in Large Waves and Boat Wakes, Quickly Crossing Boat Channels, Paddling in Currents, and Launching and Landing on Docks.

Click Here For More Information About The Fort Point Kayak Launch

$$$$ If you will be joining us at the Barking Crab, Bring some cash or plastic. $$$$

Click Here To See The Barking Crab's Menu

Fort Point Channel is a maritime channel separating South Boston from downtown Boston, Massachusetts, feeding into Boston Harbor. The south part of it has been gradually filled in for use by the South Bay rail yard and several highways (specifically the Central Artery and the Southeast Expressway). At its south end, the channel once widened into South Bay (Boston), from which the Roxbury Canal continued southwest where the Massachusetts Avenue Connector is now. The Boston Tea Party occurred at its northern end. The channel is surrounded by the Fort Point neighborhood, which is also named after the same colonial-era fort.

The USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy. Named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America, she is the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat. Launched in 1797, Constitution was one of six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794 and the third constructed. Joshua Humphreys designed the frigates to be the young Navy's capital ships, and so Constitution and her sisters were larger and more heavily armed and built than standard frigates of the period. Built in Boston, Massachusetts, at Edmund Hartt's shipyard, her first duties with the newly formed United States Navy were to provide protection for American merchant shipping during the Quasi-War with France and to defeat the Barbary pirates in the First Barbary War.The Constitution is most famous for her actions during the War of 1812 against Great Britain, when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five British warships: HMS Guerriere, Java, Pictou, Cyane and Levant. The battle with Guerriere earned her the nickname of "Old Ironsides" and public adoration that has repeatedly saved her from scrapping. She was retired from active service in 1881

GPS Coordinates: N42° 20' 56.61'  X W71° 3' 3.68"


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1) Take I-95 South

2) Exit 46 to US-1 South Towards Boston (There is a $3.00 Toll at the Tobin Bridge)

3) Keep Left onto I-93 South / US-1 South

4) Take Exit 20B-A to I-90 West / Mass Pike. Then take Exit 20A towards South Station.

5) Turn Left on Summer Street

6) Turn Right on Melcher Street

7) Turn Right on Necco Street

8) Enter the Large Parking Lot on the Right. The launch is at the back of the parking lot along the water. There is a $6.00 parking fee.

Google Map Directions To The Fort Point Channel Kayak Launch

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  • Stephen D.

    This was the best trip that i have been on with the group.Very well organized,and saftey was priority 1. Thank You to Neil and his Crew to keep everybody in line. Thank You Steve Durkin

    July 2, 2013

  • Heidi

    Thank you
    Neil, Steve, Steve, and Doug for organizing this great trip!.

    July 1, 2013

  • Bonnie L

    Great trip! Thank you to the organizers!

    July 1, 2013

  • George P

    Another great day on the water. Of all the kayak groups on Meetup, Neil's is simply the best. I have so much fun with you guys!

    June 30, 2013

  • Neil S.

    Awesome Day!!! Thanks to Steve Deasy & Steve Eldredge for planning this great event and to the other assistant organizers who helped in keeping this large group cohesive on the water. Oh and thanks also to all the fun and friendly participants.

    June 30, 2013

  • Chloe M.

    Fabulous day! Thank you Steve x2, Doug and Neil for organizing & leading.

    June 29, 2013

  • Ed. O

    Great trip.

    June 29, 2013

  • Kevin d.

    What a fantastic paddle! The Boston skyline as you paddle! A great way to view the city from a kayak! Great job Neil!

    June 29, 2013

  • Debra

    Great paddle, beautiful weather, and friendly paddlers. Thanks to Neil and other leaders

    June 29, 2013

  • John K

    should be an awesome paddle good luck to everyone I hope to make the next one have a great paddle.

    June 29, 2013

  • Rob W.

    The US coast Guard is being very strict about the distance you must keep away from their docks. Don't get to close or it's a ticket or worse.

    June 29, 2013

  • Neil S.

    NOAA Forecast for Boston Today Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 79. South wind 10 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

    2 · June 29, 2013

  • seanskidog

    GREAT. Been wanting to do this trip for years but never had enough time. If its any where near the turn out for Booth Bay I imagine there will be something for everyone. Neil does an outstanding job of accommodating all types of crafts, paddles and abilities.

    June 25, 2013

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