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 points, we have some suggestions on dock launches in different parts in Boston and Cambridge.

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.

There are several public docks at The Esplanade for kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding, spanning from Boston University to Downtown / Beacon Hill.

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.

Within Stony Brook Reservation is Turtle Pond, which has a boating dock that is close to street parking – making it easy to unload and launch.

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 a great option for kayaking on the Charles, with views of East Cambridge and the West End.