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I drive from Brookline to Watertown along the river every day. So far, the foilage along that stretch has yet to change so you're early.

Jim Fessenden

"Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were

chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft.

Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once

again that you can't have your kayak

and heat it too."

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I have frequently paddled that stretch and it is quite nice. Also remains ice free for much of the winter. The lakes region heading down river from CRCK is also nice, but more populated. You can put in at the duck feeding area on Norumbega Rd. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=newton,+ma&l...05983&t=h&hl=en

Another nice stretch (definitely a second choice) runs from Nahanton Park in Newton UNTIL it hits Dedham (the river is fine but Dedham is not picturesque), http://maps.google.com/maps?q=newton,+ma&l...11966&t=h&hl=en notice the cul-de-sac on the right side of the river off Nahanton St, there is a ramp and a floating dock. This park is the start of one of the Charles River Wheelmen’s training rides, so lots of cars with bikes on a Saturday morning. Part of this stretch is very shallow (before Cow Island Pond); perhaps not the best place for a GP.

Ralph Cohn

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If you can get out to So. Natick, Sherborn, or Medfield those are some of the most beautiful parts of the Charles at any time of year, but Fall in particular. Good places to put in are just next to the So. Natick dam - going up river; Farm Road in Sherborn - going up or down river; Rt. 27 in Medfield - going up or down river, but up river gets a bit wide open and treeless after a while; and Elm Bank in So Natick below the So. Natick Dam. No portages for miles and miles above the So. Natick Dam.

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