Encompassing six miles of flatwater from Newton Lower Falls to the Moody Street Dam in Waltham, the Lakes District of the Charles River has a long history of boating activity. With the dramatic improvement in water quality over the past decade, the Lakes District is again popular with canoists, kayakers, and rowers.
We will kayak 3 miles downstream to the Moody street damn in Waltham & back, passing through quiet neighborhoods and a few parks along the way for bathroom visits if necessary. Depending on the speed of the group, I am thinking a few hours out, we break for lunch if people want & then a few hours back. I paddled this recently & saw plenty of birds, a few swams, herons & a cute ferret family. There is also an island along the way where someone with a creative mind placed statues of an indian & buffalo, a bear, some deer, an allegator & a large lizard hanging on a limb over the water.
If you don't have a kayak there are rental available on the other side of the river. If you are renting please call ahead to make your reservation & allow enough time to launch at 10am along with the rest of the group.
Charles River Canoe & Kayak (Rentals)
2401 Commonwealth Ave, Auburndale, MA 02466
Maps of the river:
**Where to meet for those bringing their own kayaks & gear **
We will be meeting at the boat launch & parking lot across the river off Norumbega road:
Exit 24 off 95 to River Rd, right onto Norumbega Rd, take 1st right after going under highway this will bring you down to the boat launch parking lot.
Gear requirements: lifevest & wear it. Please bring water as well as snack/lunch if you want. You may want to bring some sunscreen, camera & be sure to have a waterproof container for your phone, keys, camera etc. Bring bug spray you may need it.
Disclaimer: As a condition of attending this activity you agree to release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, and/or death, including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons. You also agree to assume all risk associated with this activity and agree to know and follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at www.hikesafe.com. The leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.