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