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Join us at Charles River Canoe & Kayak in Newton

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

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  • Pam K

    Youngest daughter got her braces off and we were delayed. We got there at 11:30, and didn't see the post to meet at the parking lot, so we headed downstream to Waltham and then back up stream. 6 miles in 2 hours, not bad considering we had three 12 year olds paddling!! Sorry we didn't catch up with every one, but it was a GREAT day!! Thanks for giving us the idea and getting us there!

    June 16, 2013

  • Shirley

    What a beautiful day! Thank you Heather and Ed.

    June 15, 2013

  • Brad

    Heather and I have to rent boats due to a rack issue. Then, we will paddle to the other side of the river to the public parking to meet up. See you soon.

    1 · June 15, 2013

    • Rick

      Brad, I'm sorry I can't make it. Not feeling well at all today. Hope you get this message.

      June 15, 2013

  • Rick

    Sorry - under the weather today. Won't be able to make it.

    June 15, 2013

  • Ann M.

    I am a maybe, thanks!

    June 14, 2013

  • Monika

    Unfortunately I have to change my rsvp to MAYBE

    June 14, 2013

  • Pam K

    Hope its going to be a sunny hot day!

    June 10, 2013

  • John

    Just wondering how many are going so far and if this is still scheduled? My wife and I may come if we can free up that day. I will let you know.

    June 1, 2013

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