Charles River - Paddling
A scenic urban river that offers many miles of flatwater paddling past colleges, forests, and views of Boston skyscrapers.
A good average trip would be paddling about 5 miles, though you could easily paddle as little as you like, or as much (up to 50+ miles if you start in Hopkinton).
Destination Distance From Downtown
Easy flatwater paddling with no rapids.
Time To Complete
A half day is a reasonable trip on the Charles, though you could paddle for longer and make a full day excursion.
Spring, Summer, and Fall
The river is generally ice-free from early April to late November.