I know some about the Charles in those area’s. I have paddled a section in Bellingham years past, and the beginning
had a few large blow downs, that I had to climb over. I started on North Main Street and got out on High Street.
The upper sections likely have blow downs, plus the river isn’t very wide, 20’ maybe.
The river west of route 495 in Bellingham is actually part of the Army Corps of Engineering flood control area. The area is a big wetlands/flood plain.
The culvert that goes under route 495 is tapered! It is wider on the west side and narrower on the east, which helps with controlling the water in the flood plain,
so there is a chance that you could get either stuck or flushed out. I haven’t gone that far. It’s possible to put in on High Street and paddle up and down river and take out where you put in.
I have paddled a section in Medway/Franklin to Millis also.
There is a short small rapid in Norfolk after Lake Populatic. Otherwise it is narrow and twisting.
There are a few places that you can put in and paddle both ways, so as to not having to deal with “The Shuttle”.
There are guide books about the Charles also.
Does Alan knows specifically the areas he is interested in paddling?
You can have him contact me if he wants.
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