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Difficulty I
Length 0.1 Miles
Gauge CHARLES RIVER AT DOVER, MA
Flow Range 150 - 500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 26 minutes ago 607 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/11/2018 5:23 pm

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!

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DS
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5 years ago

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 surf.

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Wylie Fisher
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6 years ago

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: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=42.25907,+-71.26311&hl=en&sll=42.255967,-71.264191&sspn=0.038212,0.037336&t=m&z=17

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9 years ago

Only one cross-wire with a single pole on it at this site these days...

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Not sure which gage should be used. The Charles in Waltham might also be useful.

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