RECREATION IN THE MYSTIC RIVER WATERSHED

Sailing on the Upper Mystic Lake by Ken Legler.

Sailing on the Upper Mystic Lake by Ken Legler.

BOATING

Getting out on the river is one of the best ways to experience the Mystic. There are many places in the Mystic River Watershed for canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding including both official and unofficial places to put-in. Seasonal boat rentals are available at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse through the City of Somerville and at Spy Pond in Arlington.

SWIMMING

Swimming locations include Shannon Beach in Winchester and Wedge Pond in Medford.

Safety first. MyRWA advises you to AVOID swimming and boating for 48 hours following a heavy rain storm as pollution levels can spike due to stormwater runoff and sewer overflows.  

PARKS & NATURE TRAILS

Opportunities abound for exploration in the 22 community watershed! See the map for park locations and links to some of the community groups advocating for these parks and special places in the Mystic River Watershed.

Swimming at Shannon Beach in Winchester along the Upper Mystic Lake.

Swimming at Shannon Beach in Winchester along the Upper Mystic Lake.

BIRDING OPPORTUNITIES

Explore nature in an urban setting! There are many great locations for birding within the watershed. For a checklist of Massachusetts birds see the Mass. Avian Records Committee List and for additional birding information see MassBird.Org.