Boston Harbor, Charles River locks, Esplanade, and the USS Constitution

RSVPs for this event will begin 2 weeks prior on July 5th.

We will be putting in at the floating dock kayak launch at Fort Point Channel in downtown Boston.

We will paddle to the Charles River, pass through the locks, and to the Esplanade, where we will take a short break. On the way back, we will visit the USS Constitution.

After the paddle, we will make the short walk over to The Barking Crab restaurant for a "Post Paddle Debriefing". Bring some $$$ if you wish to join us.

Total Distance Paddled Will Be Approximately 11 Miles.

Low Tide at the Charles River Entrance : 11:38 am

High Tide at the Charles River Entrance : 6:01 pm

Sunset : 8:18 pm


This is a Level 2+ paddle, restricted to Kayaks 14 feet or more in length, with Watertight Bulkheads.You should have a Spray Skirt. 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. You can expect large crossing boat wakes and confused water. For safety reasons, no "guests" are allowed on this paddle.

Click Here For More Information About The Fort Point Kayak Launch

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

The Launch's 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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  • Warren R.

    Can paddlers with inflatable kayaks -- like the Sea Eagle 330 -- participate in any of your events, or are they not fast enough?

    July 20, 2014

  • Rob

    A great trip!

    July 20, 2014

  • Carina

    Thank you all for a terrific urban paddle!

    July 20, 2014

  • ken m.

    Thank you Steve it was a great day on the water with a great group of people.

    July 20, 2014

  • Frank P.

    Dido, thanks Steve!

    July 20, 2014

  • Mary H

    Thank you Steve for organizing this trip. It was a fantastic paddle with a wonderful group of people.

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • Sandy V.

    Great paddle.

    1 · July 19, 2014

  • Carina

    Hello group (esp the locals),I won't name names but somebody forgot his paddles! He would so grateful to borrow a pair! Thanks,

    July 19, 2014

  • Francisco U.

    Today is the Blackburn Challenge, it's like the Boston Marathon for those who paddle/row. Well something to look forward to:

    1 · July 19, 2014

  • Alice

    Sorry to have to pass on this fun Boston trip.

    July 18, 2014

  • Bill V.

    Have a good time everyone. I had to cancel because while preparing my kayak for tomorrow I found some damage. I believe it is repairable. However, I won't be able to repair it by tomorrow.

    July 18, 2014

  • John K

    i'm down for it I did this before very nice

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Stephen D.

    We did it last year, Great time and some nice views of Boston from the water.

    1 · April 9, 2014

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