Scenic parks and waterways are just waiting to be explored in the Neponset River Watershed.

On water…

There are lots of options for boating, swimming, and fishing in the Neponset River, and in local ponds and lakes. Some of our favorite locations include:

  • Launching from Signal Hill in Canton and heading upstream or downstream
  • Paul’s Bridge in Milton – heading upstream
  • Neponset Estuary (best at mid to high tide), launching from Milton Landing or DCR Neponset Park in Dorchester
  • Lake Massapoag in Sharon – great for sailing as well

Get a Neponset River Paddler’s Guide

An 8″x23″ fold-able paddler’s guide divided into 4 sections: Fowl Meadow, Lower Neponset, Neponset Estuary, Major Lakes and Ponds. The guide shows launches, suggested routes, and points of interest, and is printed on waterproof paper for many years of use.  Cost is $5.00 or free for members!


If you fish in freshwater and eat your catch, it’s important to keep up to date on the Freshwater Fish Consumption Advisory List, published by the MA Department of Health. Decide whether to eat your catch based on the pollutants in the fish.

On land…

Neponset Greenway Trail

A 5.2 mile asphalt rail-trail from Neponset Vally Parkway in Mattapan to Port Norfolk in Dorchester.  This flat, paved trail is off road, and is perfect for families and all abilities.

Quincy RiverWalk Map

The Quincy RiverWalk is a 2 mile-long public walkway along the Neponset River shore from Squantum Point to the Adam’s Inn.

There are acres of parks and trails for all abilities throughout the Watershed. Click below for more information: