Boston Kayaker

Kayaking on Charles River - from Needham MA to Dedham MA

Rating: One-and-a-Half Stars - The white water at the put in gave me a good rush. Also saw for the first time a squirrel completing a complete crossing of the Charles River from my right to left.

  Put in below dam on Mill
  Street in Needham MA.
Take out at Needham Street
  in Dedham MA.
Estimated distance
  = 4 miles
Class I rapids
  below dam.

Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to determine the legality, suitability and safety of this route for yourself.

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Other resources:
Charles River Watershed Association
On The Charles
Mass. Dept of Conservation and Rec: Cutler Park
Mass. Dept of Conservation and Rec: Cutler Park Trail Map

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The unmarked put in site on Mill Street in Needham MA. Cochrane Dam is on left.

The Cochrane Dam from the put in.

Just launched. Trip taken beginnning of October 2011.

Water is fast at the put in. Class I rapids.

Water here is bubbly as in white-water bubbly.

Another 2+ weeks before the leaves burst into autumn colors.

Chestnut Street Bridge.

A goose.

A man and 2 kids in a canoe.

Approaching the Route 135 bridge.

Route 135 bridge.

The river is about to bend to the right to the Greendale Avenue bridge.

Greendale Avenuridge.

Passing under Greendale Avenue bridge, the bridges of I-95 comes to view.

Passing under I-95 Southbound, the northbound I-95 is next.

They are repairing one lane on the northbound I-95 bridge.

Exit 18B. I am very close to my take out spot.

There is the stone marker to the takeout I scouted earlier.

Landed on the Dedham/Needham town line.

My car is waiting just outside the closed gate.

That was a quick trip. An hour and a half on the water.

This launch site is directly in front of the Exit 18 ramp off I-95 North.