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15 Broad Canal Way; Cambridge, Mass.
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1071 Soldier's Field Rd.; Boston, Mass.
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455 Nahanton St.; Newton, Mass.
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Moody Street Dam; Waltham, Mass.
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32 Shore Drive; Somerville, Mass.
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Detailed Lake & Facility Information
at our Waltham Location

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Charles River Canoe & Kayak's Waltham location at Moody Street Dam is a wonderful location for your outing! We're conveniently located adjacent to Moody Street Dam and Margaritas Restaurant, close to parking and restaurants in vibrant downtown Waltham, and the Charles River Lakes District offers 6 miles of flatwater to explore.
Like all our locations, we offer group discounts during non-peak hours to groups
renting eight boats or more. If you're renting fewer than eight boats, just come down — it's rare that we run out of boats. During our peak hours, reservations require pre-payment of the first hour of rental and an additional reservation fee.
What to Expect on the Water
Our location in Waltham is on the Charles River Lakes District, an area with more than 100 years of canoeing history. This scenic 6-mile stretch of flatwater runs from Moody Street Dam to Rt. 16/Newton Lower Falls Dam in Wellesley. There is abundant wildlife along the river, including herons, otters, turtles, cormorants, muskrats, ducks, geese, and swans. Powerboat traffic is generally light and slow, and rowing shells also ply the waters.
At our Waltham location the river is open and wider. As you head upstream (though there is usually little current), the river narrows and passes the historic Waltham Watch Factory. Beyond that point, the origina of the name Lakes District becomes apparent, with numerous bays to explore. The river here is mostly tree-lined with some houses.
After three miles you reach the historic Auburndale Boathouse, formerly a police station. Beyond the boathouse the river is narrow, tree-lined, and passes the Leo J. Martin Golf Course (site of our winter home, the Weston Ski Track). The current becomes stronger closer to Rt. 16, but you can simply turn around and ride the current back whenever you want.
Where to Stop While Paddling
There are a number of locations where paddlers can stop to eat, rest, or walk. State-owned Forest Grove Park is a small peninsula with a sand beach and short, informal walking trails located about a mile upstream.
The City of Newton's Auburndale Park is located about 1.5 miles upstream, and offers a sand beach, playground, ballfields, picnic area, and seasonal restrooms (learn more below). See our Paddling Map for other locations.
Our Facility in Waltham
We have a small kiosk in a landscaped plaza adjacent to the river. There are some benches nearby, but we do not have a picnic area at this location.
Auburndale Cove Park & Playground
Auburndale Park is a multi-purpose recreation facility situated about 1.5 miles upriver from our location. The park offers a sand beach, tennis and basketball courts, regulation baseball field, fitness trail, modular and free-standing playground equipment, four picnic sites with grills and tables, and a building with seasonal restrooms.
The park makes an excellent spot for picnics, birthday parties, or a relaxing break while paddling.
Auburndale Park is a waterfront park and playground that makes a great destination while paddling.
Picnic areas will accommodate groups of up to 50 or 100 persons. If your group rents eight boats or more and pays for two hours of rental, we will not charge you for one additional hour of rental while you picnic at Auburndale Park.
If you want to reserve a picnic area or use the grills at Auburndale Park, a picnic permit from the Newton Parks and Recreation Department is required. Learn more about picnic permits.
Nearby Restaurants & Catering
Just steps away from our location, you'll find almost two dozen restaurants on Moody Street. Paddling and food are a great combination, and our Waltham location is the perfect spot to follow up your paddle with a visit to a nearby eatery. View our favorite local restaurants.
Getting Here
Charles River Canoe & Kayak's Waltham Location is located at 211 Moody Street in Waltham. Click here for complete directions and parking information!
Paddling Safety Information
Before you come, feel free to read our Charles River Paddling Safety Information (also available in Spanish and Portuguese) and take our fun quiz!
In Cooperation with Mass. DCR
Our Waltham location operates in cooperation with the Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation & Recreation.
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160 Riverview Ave.
Waltham, MA 02453
(617) 965-5110
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