Charles, Massachusetts, US
||II (for normal flows)
Waltham Wave at Medium Level.
Waltham Wave at Medium Level.Photo of Owen, Mike and Michael working hard after work!!! by Ed Bagdonas
The Waltham Wave on the Charles River is a popular play spot located close to downtown Boston. Best
levels are found in the spring and sometimes in the fall. Created by the granite block Bleechery
Dam, the wave is available approximately 17 days a year when the flow of the Charles is over 1000
Park-and-play all day, or just hit the river after work. The wave when up gives great opportunities
to surf and spin, but is generally to shallow for bunts and loops. The best features are on river
right and left, and there is room to roll, but be warned, it is shallow. If you fall off the wave
there is a river right seam where you can get back on the wave, but its a workout
The area downstream of the dam was cleaned of shopping carts, tires, chairs and other urban junk in
August of 2006 by Owen Curtin and Ed Bagdonas in coordination with DCR. There is no rebar, or other
hazards other than being shallow and occasional rocks.
Put in elevation........?'
Take out elevation......same
River width average.....?'
River water quality.....tbd.
Wildlife................Local clubs and bars.
Gas/Convenience Stores..Many in area..
Nearest Restrooms.......Shaws supermarket next to the river.
Camping.................None, but lots of hotels..
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Note that the directions below are to the Shaws parking lot on river left. You can also put in
on river right 20 yards from the the DCR Charles Riverway (footpath) start; there are even steps
Take out - about a hundred yards down from the dam on river right. About a hundred yards up from
the dam is a foot bridge - an easy walk.
From the West
Follow Route 20 (off 128) east to route 60; go to next light on route 20, take a right to
River street (parallal to route 20) Shaws is straight ahead. Put in behind and slightly upstream of
the supermarket where the tall fence ends.
From the South
Take the Pike to Newton Corner exit, head west on Washington Street, turn right on Walnut
street, turn right on North street, go over the river and left at the first light. Turn into Shaws
and park/put-in behind and slightly upstream of the supermarket.
130 RIVER STREET
WALTHAM, MA 02453
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Last Updated: 2010-11-15 21:45:59