Al and Cal Homes and Community: Where to Kayak MetroWest Boston part 2

Where to Kayak MetroWest Boston part 2

Where to Kayak MetroWest Boston part 2

Looking for places to kayak in MetroWest?    This is part 2 of a hopefully never ending series, so check back often!

This day we decided again to check out one of our favorite paddling spots and got so caught up in it that we travelled a bit farther than usual. 

The Charles River is approximately 80 miles long.   It meanders through towns along metro west beginning in Hopkinton and emptying out in Boston.    There are many places along the Charles to explore.   

West St/Dover Road, Medfield/Millis line.

If you are at the bridge on West Street / Dover Road you can see a parking spot on the upstream side of the river.  You can put in here and the parking is free.   

Kayaking bud and sister Nancy Carroll and I decided to take a trip through the marshy area along Medfield and Millis.   Normally there is a lot to see along this route.  There isn't too much shade, so we got out early.   The river is low now, but even still there isn't much worry about bumping into things along this section.   

We headed upstream.  The water was still.   It was anything but quiet out as there were so many birds and bull frogs singing and chirping away.   We enjoyed listening to them.    We paddled along up under the route 109 bridge in Medfield and on up to and past the Stop River and the Fin Fur and Feather gun club.    There are less than a handfull of homes on this route so it is rich in natural sights and sounds.   

Muskrat, turtles, birds, heron and fish and bull frog were abundant.     Because the river was so low we were able to get past an area that normally flows so fast we can not get up it.    It took us all the way up to Forest St in Millis.     On this leg of the trip we spotted an owl in flight.   A definite treat, and on our return we found him perched high in a tree.  

Once you get in the water at the West St/Dover Road site it is a great paddle for any skill level.     Getting in isn't the prettiest, but I wouldn't let that deter me from going here.   A little mucky, but who cares.   That's what showers are for!  

Where to Kayak MetroWest Part 1

Stay tuned for the next blog on where to paddle in Metro West Boston.

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About the author

Carol-Ann Palmieri, a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 24 years along with Al Mussi have helped hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.

A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education. 

Licensed in MA and RI...

Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....

Her mission....  To exceed your expectations!

Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group

Remax Executive Realty




Comment balloon 10 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • July 09 2012 04:26AM


Good morning Carol,

Loved the upbeat music on the video! Great series "Definitely worth looking at!" Thanks for sharing!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) almost 7 years ago

Good morning, Carol Ann.... loved the video but after I read that post, all I could think of was the word "mucky".... yuk...

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 7 years ago

Nice post Cal, that early trip up the river sounds like a great time for you and your sister.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) almost 7 years ago

Carol Ann, as people get more sensitive and conscientious about our environment we can all get to appreciate the natural beauty of our rivers. Nice video

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 7 years ago

Enjoyed the video Carol Ann.  What's a little muck when you are enjoying the great outdoors?!

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) almost 7 years ago

Hi Dorie.  Thanks, definitely!  


Hi Barbara.   Not really that mucky.   LOL


Hi Al.   It's good for the soul.   Being with my sister and being on the water.   


Hi Ed.  I think you are right.  I've seen more people out there this year.


Hi Anita.   Exactly!


Thank you all for taking the time to check out my paddling adventures. 

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 7 years ago

I loved coming along for a paddle on the beautiful Charles River and I loved the music too. You certainly make me want to visit the area and engage in paddling adventures. Nicely done Carol Ann.

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) almost 7 years ago

Thanks Debb.    A bit different from your area but beautiful as well.   

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 7 years ago


I can see how taking a kayak trip would be relaxing and mentally healthful with ll the wildlife prsent. It is excellent that you have a partner in your sister that you can count on. Good blog and I look forward to reading more of your series.

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) almost 7 years ago

Nicely done.  Have you ever tipped over?  Are you concerned about bringing your camera?  (just a few silly questions).

Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) almost 7 years ago