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Dedham Water Trail

Charles River

Location Overview Water Trail  The goal of the Water Trail is to attract visitors to the Charles and create an educational and lasting experience that would in turn create environmental stewards of the river. There are currently 5 public launch sites along the Water Trail of which several are adjacent to the many acres of Dedham’s parks and conservation lands.The following are significant historic and ecological points on the Dedham Water Trail. Each point of interest is marked with a corresponding trail signs along the river. 1. Dolan Center Launch, 269 Common Street Town of Dedham’s public canoe and kayak launch connects to the walking trails at Whitcomb Woods, NewBridge on the Charles and Wilson Mountain. August 10, 2013 marked the Grand Opening of the Dolan Recreation Center canoe launch. This launch was generously constructed by the Office of Fishing and Boating. Visitors are invited to park and launch their canoes or kayaks from this public site. The Town of Dedham has partnered with L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery school to offer at this site introductory classes in Stand Up Paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing. Visit for more information. Through the generosity of L.L. Bean the Town now has 4 kayaks and 2 canoes that it rents out on weekends. Please contact the Town of Dedham Recreation Department to reserve a rental at 781-751-9250. 

  • Launch Point
  • Free Parking
  • Picnic Tables

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