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The upper Charles River Basin, on a nine-mile stretch of flatwater between the Watertown Dam and the Charles River Dam/Boston Harbor Locks. There is no current on this stretch of river. The river is mostly surrounded by green space, with roads on both sides of the river a short distance away. Rowing shells and powerboats are common. Upstream of the Charles River Canoe and Kayak rental kiosk the river is lined by trees and parkland. The river passes the Northeastern and Community Rowing Boathouses and the Watertown Yacht Club. Downstream, the river passes Harvard (including the Weeks Footbridge) and begins to slowly widen. About 2.5 miles from the put-in kiosk, paddlers reach the B.U. Bridge and the open Lower Basin. Beyond this point, wonderful views of the Prudential and Hancock Buildings, Boston University, MIT, and the State House Dome await. This would be approximately a 5 mile round trip from put-in to BU Bridge. We can do a shorter run if people prefer. 3 miles would be turnaround at WEEKS bridge. We can determine when we meet who people prefer. (Note: I've never paddled here before but have read online this dock is a good place to put in. If for some reason we can't put in at this commercial rental facility dock, there are public launches in the same park (Herder park) and a larger parking lot a bit further upstream). Put in: Charles River Canoe & Kayak : Allston Brighton 1071 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston, MA
Let's start from the Petapawag Boat Launch in Groton and paddle about 1.5-2 miles downstream through the Pepperell Pond section of the river in the J. Harry Rich State Forest. There are 2 launches very close to each other each other. We will launch from the main Petapawag launch off Nod Rd, which has a concrete ramp with gravel areas to the sides. When it's not busy you may be able to park close to the water along the right side of the launch area. The left side is marked no parking to allow room for boat trailers to turn around, but it's ok to park there temporarily to drop off your gear, then find a parking spot a little further back along the entry road. (You may also spot a cartop-only launch right off 111/119, but it's a much more awkward spot to carry and launch a SUP so we'll stick to the main ramp.) Wearing an appropriate lifejacket (PFD) is mandatory when paddling with this group. Inflatable belt PFDs are fine, but if you are planning to push your skills (and get wet in the process), you'll be safer and more comfortable in a traditional PFD, with a leash to keep your board from blowing away when you fall off. As we get into the fall and it starts to get cooler, be sure to dress appropriately for whatever the temps are. Having a towel and change of clothes back at your car is always good just in case. Consuming alcohol before or during any West of Boston SUP event is not allowed. AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING 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. Standup paddling and other activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment. Each participant is responsible for evaluating all relevant conditions for the trip and determining if their skills and equipment are appropriate for those conditions. As organizers, we make no claims regarding any expertise for this outing. This is not a guided tour.
Half Moon Beach is located next to Stage Fort park. We'll put in at the beach and paddle around the harbor. Bring a picnic dinner to eat afterward. Half Moon Beach is a quiet, intimate, crescent shaped beach located at historic Stage Fort Park. Surrounded by a rocky hill and ample shady spots, it offers more seclusion from the rest of the park. Lifeguards are on duty daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. All floatation devices and surf boards are prohibited. Dogs are allowed in the park but are prohibited on the beach. Restrooms are located within the park. Parking is available at Stage Fort Park at a rate of $10 per vehicle weekdays and $15 on the weekends and holidays. Directions: Take Exit 14 off Route 128 North. At the bottom of the ramp, bear right onto Route 133 toward Gloucester. Follow to the end with the Harbor in front of you. Bear right onto Western Avenue (Route 127) and then take an immediate left on Hough Avenue into Stage Fort Park.
I'm reposting this from last year (organized by RENEE) since I missed it then and would LOVE to do this paddle. (Last year's post from Renee): I'm dying to explore this area so I've placed an order for good weather, low wind, sunny late summer scenery, and rustic salt marsh landscape. I have recently fallen in love with Ipswich. If you've never been to Little Neck it is worth the drive and the adventure. Parking is free at Pavilion Beach in Ipswich (from downtown Ipswich, follow Jeffrey's Neck Road to Little Neck Road) Parking will be on your left just as you get to the peninsula that is apparently known as Little Neck. The plan is to paddle around Little Neck to the inner salt marsh and hug the peninsula. Depending on my stamina, people's energy, (etc. etc.) there may be an option to continue and loop back around. I will open this paddle up to kayakers, so if it is also possible that a second group could loop back around and a first group can shore up and abort ship. I have a wetsuit and I'm not sure how the water temps will be; if you are a SUP person and it's chilly out you may want to take this into consideration. Bad weather cancels. We can reconvene for lunch at Ipswich Ale Brewery when we finish if people are interested. AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING 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. As organizers, we make no claims regarding any expertise for this outing. This is not a guided tour. Consuming alcohol before or during any West-Of-Boston SUP event is not allowed. Wearing a lifejacket (PFD) is mandatory when paddling with this group.