Scenic Kayaker's Fundraiser ~ Charles River, Boston to the Museum of Science

  • August 3, 2014 · 11:30 AM
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To help us be a self sustaining group (to cover the annual meet up organizer fees),  we will be hosting a fundraiser with our Boston to MOS paddle.  Cost is $5.00 per person to RSVP. Cash or online payment via credit card (see Meetup's Chip In button).  If paying via credit card, please make the online payment prior to the event.  Donations are non refundable.

Note: Members who have already made a $10 or more donation earlier this year can RSVP and don't need to pay the $5.00

How about enjoying a leisurely kayak on one of the most scenic sections of the Charles River? We will be starting from Charles River Boston in Allston/Brighton and head downstream past (Harvard, M.I.T., and B.U.) to the Hatch Shell Esplanade (a great picnic spot!) and Museum of Science all while enjoying views of the unforgettable Boston skyline.

This approximately nine-mile round trip stretch of river has no current, allowing painless round trips. Pack a snack/lunch and water.

Time:  11:30 am to meet in front of the rental booth (paddle time, approximately 4 hours on the water, plus time for a lunch break, paddle speed about 2-3 mph. Persons planning rentals, please arrive 20-30 minutes early to start the paperwork.) The plan is to launch the kayaks at 11:45 am.

Kayak rentals are available through Charles River Kayak and Rental http://www.paddleboston.com/boston.php

Location: Charles River Canoe and Kayak,Boston Location, in Allston/Brighton, 1071 Soldier's Field Road Boston (Allston/Brighton), Massachusetts in front of the rental booth.

Parking: Free Parking is available at the Charles River Canoe and Kayak, in the first, second (closest, marked by the "boat rental" sign), or third parking lot on the right. (The parking lot signs say 2 hour parking, but according to Charles River Rental, this does not apply to those kayaking/canoeing). Additional parking is at the Christian Herter Park, parking lot (it’s a big lot next to Charles River Canoe and kayak).  You can use Google maps to get a visual of the parking lots.

Driving tip for those bringing kayaks: If you are using Google maps, the address, 1071 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, will take you to the third parking lot on the right. Since you will be off loading your kayak may want to pull into the 2nd parking lot (which is closest to the rental/ramp location).

Please note that the GPS coordinates on these web pages are sometimes a bit off. Please take written directions with you as a backup (and also in case your GPS is not functioning).

For members bringing their own kayak: the plan is to meet with the kayaks, by the Charles River Canoe and kayak boat ramp, which is next to the rental booth.  If you don’t get a nearby parking space, you can unload your kayak in the parking lot and we can watch your gear, while you park at the adjacent lots. (If you park at Herter Park, you can have the option of paddling back to Herter Park to pull out your kayak.)

Post Kayak Options: Stonehearth Pizza,  182 Western Avenue, Allston, MA http://stonehearthpizza.com/   or Abbotts Frozen Custard, 360 Washington St
Brighton, MA  http://abbottscustard.com/ or??

AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING  and JOINING THIS MEETUP, YOU AGREE TO: Hold harmless, and indemnify the organizers and their relations and heirs, and all members and participants of the Meetup group from any and all claims for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage including those caused by negligence, ignorance, inexperience and other reasons. You also agree to assume all mental, physical, financial, and/or other risk associated with this meetup. Kayaking, camping, hiking, bicycling, and other activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment.  The organizers and event hosts in this group are not trained leaders or instructors. The organizers only set the time and place. Each person participating in any group event is responsible for their own safety.  In the interest of safety, consuming alcohol before or during any Scenic Kayakers event is not allowed. Wearing of Lifejackets (PFD's) is required when paddling with this group.


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  • Russell

    I finally got around to posting some photos. It was a fun trip and a great group to Kayak with!

    August 13

  • Caryn S.

    Hi Paddlers! I just bought a cable lock for my kayak which will secure it to my roof rack. Check out Lasso Security Cables on the web.

    August 5

  • Lisa

    What a fun kayaking experience... especially since I get to kayak in my own "backyard"! It was really great meeting everyone and thank you so much for the wonderful tips to paddle more efficiently.

    1 · August 4

  • John R.

    I've wanted to do this paddle for a long time. I thought it would be a lot of fun to enter the city as our ancestors did, under our own power on the water. It was great fun and such a nice group to hang out with. The pizza and beer made the day complete.

    1 · August 4

  • Mary A.

    One of my favorite places to paddle, made even better by being with such a nice group of paddlers.
    Many thanks to Heidi, Priscilla and all of those helping hands that made my day easier. Thanks also for great pics.

    1 · August 4

  • Rick N.

    We had another fun day on the river! All this beauty right in our backyards! Keep the great paddles coming Heidi!!! Thank You once again!

    1 · August 3

  • Heidi

    A wonderful Paddle with a wonderful group of people!

    1 · August 3

  • Caryn S.

    Great day on the water with new friends!

    1 · August 3

  • Michele G.

    Heidi, a Family issue came up and i will not be able to make it today. Hope you all have a great day on the water, & hope to see you all soon.

    August 3

    • Heidi

      No problem. See you on another paddle.

      1 · August 3

  • Heidi

    The weather forecast (weather.com) calls for light rain in morning. Then dry weather for Noon time and afternoon.

    1 · August 3

  • Heidi

    If you need to reach me on Sunday, you can leave a comment here. I will be checking for messages up until launch time. How to find me; I will be by the boat ramp/ rental booth, I have a red kayak.

    August 3

  • Lisa

    I was wondering if anyone knows whether the Charles River Canoe and Kayak in Allston/Brighton T-accessible? I'm in East Cambridge and would love to join this event!

    July 28

    • Heidi

      Yes. Its about a 1.5 miles from Harvard Square, If you bike or walk.

      July 28

    • Lisa

      Thanks so much for the info!

      Dave, thanks for offering to carpool and would certainly appreciate a ride. I'll message you.

      July 28

  • Michele G.

    Heidi, if paying cash do we just bring it with us?

    July 28

    • Heidi

      Yes, bringing cash to the event is fine.

      1 · July 28

  • Joan

    This sounds awesome and I'd love to go but I have out of town guests coming that day.

    July 26

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