Mystic Lakes, situated on the corners of Arlington, Winchester, and Medford, MA is a series of three small lakes. It is great urban paddling complete with swans, herons, and ducks and surrounded by beautiful homes, wooded shores and two boat clubs. It is a great place for a quick work out, lazy paddling, fishing and has a swimming beach at one end. It can be full of racing sailboats (including the Tufts Team) or a class on kayaking run by REI. There is a great put in near the Tufts Boat Club.
Take route 60 east out of Arlington about one mile (Route 60 crosses Mass Ave right in the middle of town. You will cross the Mystic River and hit a rotary. Take the third road off the rotary heading North and you will wind along the Mystic River to the first lake. On the left you soon will see a paved road and a small sign for the Medford Boat Club at the end of the Lake. You are there.