Charles - 1. Needham Rapids

Charles, Massachusetts, US


1. Needham Rapids

Usual Difficulty I (for normal flows)
Length 0.1 Miles

Needham Rapids

Needham Rapids
Photo of Gates at Needham Rapids by Skip Morris taken 12/27/06 @ 450 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01103500 150 - 500 cfs I 01h01m 1230 cfs (too high)

River Description

Contributed by Jim Cavo:
There is about 200 yards of fast Class-I water at the outflow of a dam. There are about 25 slalom gates hung year-round. Strong eddy lines, although the river is too shallow for squirting. Good training site, runs regularly late fall through mid-spring and after heavy rains.
From Route 128: Take Exit 17 and head west .6 miles to traffic light. Left onto South Street. After .6 mi., bear left at fork (stay on South St.). In .5 mi., go straight at stop sign at Chestnut St. In 1.4 mi., cross the river at a dam and park just ahead on either side.
Thanks for the great info, Jim!
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-06-11 17:23:51


Rapid Descriptions

icon of message No rapids entered. If you know names, and locations of the rapids please contact and advise the StreamTeam member for this run.

User Comments

Users can submit comments.
June 9 2013 (1982 days ago)
greenzero8 (155531)
Paddled this today - June 9, 2013. The put in is on the western side of the river at the end of
Mill St in Dover, right by the bridge. There was an open gate and a path that goes down to the
water. Not very exciting. Barely 100 yards of quick water with a couple small rapids. Watertown
Square was more exciting for me. Water quality terrible, not recommended as a place to play or
April 28 2012 (2389 days ago)
Wylie FisherDetails
The directions above were confusing to me so I just wanted to post the LatLng coordinates so people
could search for it themselves if they wanted. Here they are: 42.25907, -71.26311 Or, just sue this
Google Map link:,+-71.26311&hl=en&sll=42.255967,-71.264191&sspn=0.038212,0.037336&t=m&z=17
July 11 2009 (3411 days ago)
x (1)
Only one cross-wire with a single pole on it at this site these days...

Do more than just check gauges; join over 5,000 AW members today.

Or, consider donating