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Waltham Riverfest 2014
Celebrate the Waltham Riverfest on June 13-14, 2014, by enjoying an Evening Canoe Tour with Charles River Canoe & Kayak!
Evening Canoe Tour – Friday, June 13, 7pm
Dusk is a magical time to be on the water, so what could be more blissful than an evening canoe tour? We push off as the sun sets for an evening of relaxation, good food, and conversation.
From the Moody Street Dam in Waltham (right next to Margaritas Restaurant), we'll explore the flatwater Lakes District of the Charles, the perfect location for this opportunity to unwind.
As the sun sets, we'll watch herons browsing along the banks and other wildlife settling in for the night. After we anchor for light food, non-alcoholic beverages, and finger desserts, we will return to the boathouse.
On this tour you'll receive a quick introduction to canoeing strokes and learn about the area's rich history. It's a wonderful way to experience Riverfest — the way things used to be!
 
Three-Hour Evening Canoe Tour meets at the Moody Street Dam in Waltham, adjacent to Margarita's Restaurant. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance so we can order food.
$39 includes guiding, canoe rental, food, and beverages.
Registration & Cancellation Policies for Paddling Tours
  • Full payment is due upon registration for a tour.
  • For cancellations received 7 days or more before your scheduled activity, we will issue a refund less a 10% registration fee.
  • For cancellations received fewer than 7 days before your scheduled activity, we are unable to offer any refunds.
  • Tours may be cancelled due to inclement weather at our option, with a full refund given. No refunds will be offered if we decide to hold the tour.
  • A minimum number of registrants is required for any event to run. If we cancel a tour due to low enrollment, we will provide a full refund.
  • Each participant will be required to sign a waiver of liability. To save time, you can download this waiver and bring it with you.
No Dates Are Currently Scheduled
Rentals at Moody Street Coming Soon
Unfortunately we will not be offering rentals during Riverfest 2014, but we hope to begin offerig regular rentals from Moody Street Dam later this summer! We are working hard to get the necessary permits.
Stay tuned to our Waltham page for details!
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Single Kayak
NUMBER OF BOATERS: One Adult
RENTAL RATE: $15 per hour (Kids 6-12: $9 per hour)
FOR RENT IN (subject to availability):
Single Kayaks are perfect for anyone looking for a stable and comfortable boat. Choose a stable and maneuverable recreational kayak with a large, accessible cockpit, or the slightly longer, faster, and more form-fitting light-touring kayaks. Big or small, we can find a boat that fits you. And if you're under 12, take one of our Single Kayaks (including those specifically designed for children) at our Kids' Kayak rate.
If you've never been in a kayak before, work with a Dock Hand to pick out the boat that's perfect for you — and ask them to give you a few paddling tips as well.
Or, if you've paddled a few times, think about upgrading to a Single Sea Kayak — longer, faster, and oh-so-smooth in the water.
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Single Sea Kayak (Poly or Composite)
NUMBER OF BOATERS: One Adult
RENTAL RATE: $18 per hour
FOR RENT IN (subject to availability):
Sea kayaks are longer, faster, and offer more storage space. A limited selection of plastic sea kayaks is available at all our locations, and our Newton/Auburndale location has a wide variety of plastic sea kayaks plus sea kayaks made from lightweight, high-performance composite and thermoformed materials (in styles ranging from hard-chine and Greenland-style to British-style skeg boats and ICF racing kayaks).
Composite and Thermoformed sea kayaks are ideal for an off-site rental where you'll be lifting it onto and off of your vehicle. Our ICF racing kayaks are perfect for training or fitness paddling.
All kayaks 15 feet or longer are considered sea kayaks.
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Electric Single Kayak
NUMBER OF BOATERS: One Adult
RENTAL RATE: per hour
FOR RENT IN (subject to availability):
Our Ocean Kayak Torque electric single kayaks are amazingly fun and fast. Scoot around at 4-5+ mph with no effort! If you don't feel like motoring, you can always paddle like a normal kayak.
If you like fishing, the Torque comes outfitted with two rod holders and a rod storage hatch, plus you can troll easily using the electric motor. Not an angler? Don't worry — the Torque is great for just getting around and exploring.
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Double Kayak
NUMBER OF BOATERS: Two Adults
(plus a small child with the optional kid's seat)
RENTAL RATE: $20 per hour
FOR RENT IN (subject to availability):
Faster, more stable, and less susceptible to wind than a canoe, a double kayak is great fun to paddle. And, with our optional kid's seat, your small child can come along as well!
Our rental fleet includes recreational double kayaks (with a single, large cockpit for both paddlers), and, by special request in Newton only, a plastic double sea kayak (with two separate cockpits) with a retractable rudder. You can also upgrade to a lightweight composite double kayak (Newton only).
Doubles are perfect for friends, couples, or families, so drop by and take one on the water today.
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Composite/Thermoformed Double Kayak
NUMBER OF BOATERS: up to Two Adults
RENTAL RATE: $24 per hour
FOR RENT IN (subject to availability): Newton/Auburndale
Our double kayaks constructed of Composites or Thermoformed Plastic are true sea kayaks, with separate cockpits and hatches for storage. Take them on an off-site rental — they're perfect for camping and extended trips!
While these boats are made for trips at sea, they are also great on the river. Composite doubles are faster and handle better than our plastic doubles (especially when using the retractable rudder).
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Quad Kayak
NUMBER OF BOATERS: up to Four Adults
RENTAL RATE: $ per hour
FOR RENT IN (subject to availability):
Fun for the whole family! Seats up to four adults, but paddles great with as few as two adults and a child.
Our quads are very stable sit-on-top kayaks perfect for families and groups of friends, and they're much faster than our double kayaks.
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Single Kids' Kayak
NUMBER OF BOATERS: One Adult
RENTAL RATE: $9 per hour for kids ages 6-12
FOR RENT IN (subject to availability):
Kids love the freedom of paddling their own boat! At Charles River Canoe and Kayak, all kids age 12 and under can rent their own kayak at the Kids' Kayak rate — it doesn't matter whether they fit in a true kids' kayak or one made for bigger folks.
As long as you are comfortable giving your child instructions (and rescuing them if necessary), we recommend Kids' Kayaks for children as young as six, depending on their maturity level. Come down and try it out!
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Standard Canoe
NUMBER OF BOATERS: up to Three Adults
or Two Adults & Two Kids
RENTAL RATE: $18 per hour ($15/hour for solo use)
FOR RENT IN (subject to availability):
Canoes are the old standby — great for couples, friends, and families. In addition to canoes for two or more, we also have solo canoes available upon request.
If you are taking a canoe off-site, consider our lightweight and efficient Royalex canoes, available at our Newton location for a small additional charge.
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Standard Canoe
NUMBER OF BOATERS: up to Three Adults
or Two Adults & Two Kids
RENTAL RATE: $20 per hour
FOR RENT IN (subject to availability):
Kevlar canoes are lightweight and super-fast through the water. Try one out the next time you're in Newton, or take one on an off-site rental to your favorite flatwater destination.
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Tripper XL Canoe
NUMBER OF BOATERS: up to Five Adults
RENTAL RATE: $30 per hour
FOR RENT IN (subject to availability):
If the whole family wants to get on the water together, they'll probably fit in our Tripper XL canoe! The Old Town Tripper XL fits up to five adults comfortably.
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Paddleboat for Two
NUMBER OF BOATERS: up to Two Adults
RENTAL RATE: $20 per hour
FOR RENT IN (subject to availability):
For those seeking a lazy, relaxing cruise around the river, our pedal boats are perfect! Very stable, these boats are driven by an efficient pedal mechanism. Great for friends, couples, and parent/child pairs.
You can also take it out for fishing, as the deck makes an amazingly stable casting platform, or, for those who want to pedal hard, a great workout.
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Paddleboat for Four
NUMBER OF BOATERS: up to Four Adults
RENTAL RATE: $22 per hour
FOR RENT IN (subject to availability):
For those seeking a lazy, relaxing cruise around the river, our pedal boats are perfect! Very stable, these boats are driven by an efficient pedal mechanism. Great for friends and families who need plenty of space and want a boat they can all fit in together.
You can also take it out for fishing, as the deck makes an amazingly stable casting platform, or, for those who want to pedal hard, a great workout.
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Rowboat
NUMBER OF BOATERS: up to Four Adults
RENTAL RATE: $25 per hour ($18/hour for solo use)
FOR RENT IN (subject to availability):
Rowboats are great fun for the whole family, or for those who want a stable platform for fishing. Our new Rangeley rowboats are faster and more fun to row! They can fit up to three adults, or two adults and two kids.
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Recreational Rowing Shell
NUMBER OF BOATERS: One Adult
RENTAL RATE: $20 per hour
FOR RENT IN (subject to availability):
Our Alden Horizon recreational rowing shells are a great way for rowers to get out on the river. Relatively stable, these shells have sliding seats and sculling oars.
Rowers interested in using our shells must have previous sculling experience.
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Stand-Up Paddleboard
NUMBER OF BOATERS: One Adult
RENTAL RATE: $17 per hour
FOR RENT IN (subject to availability):
For a totally different feeling and a new adventure, try Stand-Up Paddleboarding! This fast-growing sport combines surfing and paddling, and feels like you're walking on water. Our boards are relatively stable, recreational models perfect for first-timers and experienced paddleboarders alike. There's a good chance you'll get wet, so pick a warm day, wear your bathing suit, and come try Stand-Up Paddleboarding.
For information on Stand-Up Paddleboarding, visit our Stand-Up Paddleboarding page!
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Stand-Up Paddleboard
NUMBER OF BOATERS: One Adult
RENTAL RATE: $20 per hour
FOR RENT IN (subject to availability):
Take your Stand-Up Paddleboarding experience to a new level with our premium SUPs by Surftech. These boards are top-of-the-line models built with the same shaped-foam-and-fiberglass construction used in the best surfboards for years.
Our current inventory of premium boards in Newton/Auburndale includes the Bark 1400 Expedition (a fast paddling board by Surftech) and the Pearson 1400 Laird (Surftech's best-selling SUP for surfing).
As with all SUPs, there's a good chance you'll get wet, so pick a warm day, wear your bathing suit, and come try Stand-Up Paddleboarding. For information on Stand-Up Paddleboarding, visit our Stand-Up Paddleboarding page!
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