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We love to paddle and we love sharing that passion with you all. We hope that comes through here.


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Covid-19 Update

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Dear Paddlers and Friends, We are excited to be included in Phase One of the State’s reopening plan. This means that we will begin working towards setting up our sites starting Monday and plan to open for rentals on: June 8th at the Newton Boathouse June 10th in Boston and Cambridge June 12th at Nahanton…

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How to Store your Boat/Board and all your Gear for the Winter

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Whether you plan to paddle all winter or your boat or board is in storage from September to June, you’ll want to take care of some simple maintenance on an annual or more frequent basis to keep your gear lasting as long as possible. 1. UV Protection Sunlight can cause degradation of most materials on…

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2018 Fall Paddling Promotions

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The Fall is the best time to come paddle! Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and beautiful foliage and come paddle with us. We plan on staying open through Columbus Day, 10/7/18. SEASON PASSES Buy your Season Pass today and get unlimited paddling for the end of this season and all of next year! Buy…

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Wildlife and Kids activities in Nahanton Park, Newton

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There is great wildlife on the Charles River, it’s hard to miss you’re looking for it. I’ve seen turtles, great blue herons, deer, eagles, beavers, muskrat, mink, and way more. There is even a seal that likes to spend time in Boston and Cambridge every spring. Nahanton Park in Newton if your best bet for…

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Paddling with Kids

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We have a ton of experience paddling with kids: in our classes and summer progams, custom groups for birthday parties, schools and scout trips, and with our own families. Here is my quick advice for taking your kids out on the water. Most importantly is to have fun! Trip Planning: Start slow and see what…

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How to Choose the right Kayak

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Not sure how to choose the right kayak for you? It’s easy to get caught up in all the different choices and styles of kayak. Here is a breakdown of the main categories.  It’s important to know what kind of paddling you want to do, and how you want to prioritize things like price, weight,…

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The Blessing of the Bay

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The Blessing of the Boats This Saturday, 6/24 12:30-1:30pm at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse. All Boaters are welcome to watch or to have their kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards blessed. Be a part of A tradition since the 1600’s to bring a season of safety and good fishing to our vessels! See photos from…

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Warm Days, Cold Water Paddling Safety

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Curious why we didn’t open our rental sites today? Spring paddling can be tricky, tempted by sunny warm weather we are all eager to get out on the water, comfortable in only a t-shirt and shorts. What happens if you were to capsize? what if you can’t get back in your boat quickly? It’s easy…

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Kayak Fishing in Boston

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Fishing from a kayak allows access to shallower waters than a bigger boat and efficiently and quietly get to where the fish are. It makes sense that kayak fishing is such a rapidly growing sport and we’re all about it!  We love Kayaking and we love the Charles River, it’s so exciting to see all those things come together.

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We have a new Blog!

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Hi All! Welcome to our Blog! We’re so excited to share our passion and knowledge about all things paddling here. Please let us know if you have any ideas or request for what kind of stuff you’d like to see here! Thanks for your patience while we figure this out, and hope to have something…

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