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Charles River Medfield to Dover

Introduction

The Charles River meanders from Echo Lake in Hopkinton to Boston Harbor. I'm paddling it to Boston on day trips.

From the river's source to its mouth in a straight line is 26 miles, but it circles for 80 miles, over 19 dams, under 113 bridges, and through 23 cities and towns earning its Algonquin Indian name Quinobequin, meaning circular. The river was renamed after Prince Charles of England in the 17th century.

This is the Charles River Canoe Guide that I am following. It's copywritten 1973 and includes some minor out of date information like referencing Zayre department stores, but is mostly accurate, and free. Here is the track, from the first readily navigable point in Medway, to Boston, that I created for my GPS receiver. This is the government website that monitors water levels at the various gauge stations along the Charles and publishes their readings.


Medfield to Dover

Map

Medfield put in at Route 27
Charles River Medfield to Dover

Great blue heron
Charles River Medfield to Dover

Red tailed hawk
Charles River Medfield to Dover

Painted turtle
Charles River Medfield to Dover

Charles River Medfield to Dover

Charles River Medfield to Dover

Bass
Charles River Medfield to Dover

Charles River Medfield to Dover

Pumkinseed
Charles River Medfield to Dover

Garter snake
Charles River Medfield to Dover

The old Medfield State Hospital overlooks the river and is definitely worth stopping by at
Charles River Medfield to Dover

Takeout on Bridge Street in Dover
Charles River Medfield to Dover

Fishing was good today