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Weekday Paddle at Lake Cochituate, Natick, MA

Le's see how much of the lake we can explore.  We'll start out by heading north, paddling under the Mass Pike up into the northern section of the lake and travel around the shore line.  We'll head back into and through the middle lake and paddle through a small tunnel that leads to the southern portion of the lake.  Total distance traveled will be between 6-10 miles depending on the stamina of the group.  There is a little beach on the south side of the tunnel that leads from the middle to the southern part.  If needed, some people could rest and wait there while others explore the southern portion (about an hour tops). Expect the duration of the trip to last from 3-5 hours including a stop or two along the way.  Due to the distance, you'll need to have experience staying with a group at a decent pace.  If weather is bad, I'll postpone to later in the week.

There is usually a $5 fee to enter the park (but, I am not sure if you will have to pay this early in the season on a weekday).  Follow signs to boat launch (it's to the left after you enter the park).

Please arrive in time to have "butts in boats", ready to paddle by 10:00 AM.

***PLEASE NOTE*** The organizers in this group are NOT trained leaders or instructors.  The organizers only set the time and place, each person participating in any group trip is responsible for their own safety.  Each participant is responsible for evaluating all relevant conditions for the trip and determining if their skills and equipment are appropriate for those conditions.

Required items: PFD (worn) and whistle. Optional/recommended: Pump/bailer, set of dry clothes in drybag, water, snack, insect repellent and sunscreen as needed.

 

 

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  • Nancy H

    It turned out to be a fabulous day and the paddling was very nice. We saw lots of wildlife and explored the middle and southern sections for about 3-1/2 hours, for a total of about 7 miles. The only thing that would have made it nicer is if the 2 no-shows would have changed their RSVP to no so that we could have left earlier when we were ready.

    May 20, 2013

  • David H.

    great day on the water bright sun all the time

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry cant make it today.

    May 20, 2013

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