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. Our historic Newton Boathouse, located on Comm. Ave next to the Newton Marriott in Auburndale, is open seven days a week for rentals, houses our Paddling Store, and serves as our primary base of operations.Our Newton location operates in cooperation with the Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation & Recreation.
Heather and Brad will be your hosts!
There are 12 miles total, round trip to available to paddle (4miles to Waltham Moody St bridge and 2 miles upstream). Usually 2 hrs is enough to get in a nice paddle. We are fine with going longer if everyone wants. There's a couple places to land boats. The current is gentle and it's a flat, safe if the group wants to split up for any reason. Good for beginners or those looking for relaxing paddle. Boat traffic isn't a big deal either. Herons are the main wildlife attraction.
People should meet in parking lot across from the boathouse and walk across bridge to rent or if they have their own boats launch from the (easy) parking lot side.
Afterwards, we'll grab lunch (Union Station, Newton Center)...
If people are still interested, we could head over to Lake Cochituate and paddle there in the afternoon.
Heather and Brad