Update July 27, 2009. The boat launch has been barricaded by Charles River Canoe and Kayak until they are ready to open their rental facility. They now project opening on July 31, 2009. Just because it's there apparently doesn't mean the public can use it.
The canoe and kayak launch at the Broad Canal in East Cambridge is ready for use by the public. You can drive up to the dock located at the end of the unnamed private way running off Third Street to the east between Broadway and Kendall street. Arriving here you unload your human powered boats and supplies and then find a place to park your car. There is street parking and garages nearby.
Once in the water you can paddle past the Mirant Kendall power plant into the lower Charles River Basin. From here you have easy access to the Esplanade, Lechmere Canal, North Point and Nashua Street Parks, Millers River and Boston Harbor through the locks on the new Charles River Dam.
The new dock was built by Twining Properties as a part of the amenities required under Chapter 91 tidelands regulations and agreements with government and citizen groups as part of Cambridge Research Park. The skating rink at North Plaza is part of the same mitigation package. Construction is still proceeding on nearby South Plaza park and the drop off loop.
You will also be next to the new boardwalk built along the north bank of Broad Canal by Mirant Kendall, LLC. The grand opening of the boardwalk is being held this Thursday July 9th at 1 P.M.
Charles River Canoe and Kayak will be running a boat rental operation here. I hope to see you all down here in East Cambridge enjoying all these new attractions all summer long. And don’t forget the Farmers Market and concerts held here on Thursday afternoons.
Photos by Erica Jaquith. Pictured with Mark Jaquith is friend and mentor Alex Bornstein of Clayton, Missouri