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Charles River in Massachusetts

by  t97pete

A self-supported trip created by t97pete

Trip Overview

Great paddling trip, West St bridge in Medfield to The Charles Cafe in Millis.

This is an easy paddle, the current is hardly moving. Very nice launch at the West St bridge where you can park close to the launch. Paddle for about a half hour and just before the route 109 bridge you will find a small cove on the right. That is where you will find The Charles Cafe, great for breakfast and lunch. There is a very easy launch at the The Charles Cafe, you hardly get wet getting in or out of the kayaks. The food is great and not expensive. We like to have breakfast on the deck where you can see a bit of the cove. The trip back is with the current, that works well after a nice breakfast!

On this trip we have seen a few Blue Heron and many turtles. It's a great trip for young families, The Charles Cafe rents canoes with two small chairs for the kids. They also rent kayaks, both single and double.


Charles Cafe at end, just before the 109 bridge in Millis.




Rt 109 from either 128 or 495, turn North on 27, second light is West St where you take a right.

Just before the small bridge that crosses the Charles there is a small parking lot next to the launch.


Easy put in and take out, great that it is only about 15 feet from where you park.

Trip Details

  • Trip Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)

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