Find Kayak Launch Docks in Boston
The Charles River, Mystic River and Boston Harbor provide amazing opportunities for kayakers. There are many launch docks for kayaking, paddleboarding and canoeing in the Greater Boston area. If you’re looking for a few launch sites, we have some suggestions on kayak docks located in different parts in Boston and Cambridge.
Our Choices for Best Kayak Launch Docks in Boston
Here are the best launch points for kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing in the Boston area, including Brookline, Cambridge and beyond (updated for 2021):
The Magazine Beach kayak dock is in a great location in Cambridge. and there is a parking lot very close to the kayak dock – making unloading the car easy.
Located in Dorchester, Victory Park is located on Dorchester Bay and the start of the Neponset River. It’s a short walk from the parking lot over the footbridge to the launch point. Limited parking.
The Millennium Park dock is a good option to launch into the lower part of the Charles River – a more wooded and natural area away from downtown Boston.
Herter Park’s public docks on the Charles River give you the option to paddle into Downtown Boston, or into Newton and Watertown. There is a rental stand too. There is a decent-sized parking lot close to the launch point.
Daly Field is located in Allston, along the Charles River and has a large off-street parking lot, though it can get busy with other sporting events.
This dock launch on the Neponset River also has a parking lot that is very close to the dock. Kayak the Neponset or paddle into the Squantum Channel.
The North Point Park kayak launch is in a great location on the Charles, with views of East Cambridge and the West End. The downside is limited metered parking and a bit of a walk to the launch point.
There are several public docks at The Esplanade for kayaking and paddle boarding, spanning from Boston University to Downtown / Beacon Hill. Parking can be tricky to find.
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