Neponset River Paddle Events

BYOB (bring your own boat) and join us for a fun time on the river!

Join NepRWA staff naturalists on an exploration of the Neponset River and learn about the wildlife and history of the area.

  • Sat., August 15 from 9 am-11 am (arrive at 8:30 to unload canoes)

Note: as of July 30, this event is FULL. You can still register to be on a waitlist. If we have enough interest, we may add another paddle from this area.

    • Explore the Wild “Rice” Islands and the beautiful Harvest Bridge that spans the Neponset River, from Milton to Mattapan.
    • Leave from the canoe launch on Central Ave in Mattapan.
    • IMPORTANT: plan to unload canoes at the launch (someone will be there to help you and watch your boat) then find parking and walk back to the launch (should take 5 min.)
    • Street parking is available on either Central Ave., Eliot Street, or Brook Hill Road in Mattapan, or on Maple Street in Milton.


  • Sat., Sept. 19 from 11-1 pm (arrive at 10:30 to unload canoes)

    • Explore the Neponset Estuary, Baker Dam, and Gulliver’s Creek
    • Leave from DCR Neponset Park. Free parking is available in the lot.


We are observing COVID restrictions:

  • BYOB = bring your own boat (canoe or kayak)
  • masks are mandatory
  • six foot distancing between parties will be observed
  • limited to 8 guests
  • participants must confirm they are feeling well and symptom-free the day of the trip

Questions? Email us at

Registration Fee

The paddle events are FREE to current NepRWA members who have renewed their dues in the last 12 months.

Not a member? Become one today at our membership page:

Join or renew before 7/31 for a special price of just $10 or more and help earn a $5,000 challenge grant for the river!



2020 Paddle Trip Registration
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Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The event is open to all ages. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring water and don’t forget sunscreen and a hat!

Questions? please contact Nancy Mahon


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