*Information Provided By Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation*
Since 1893, the Commonwealth has preserved the region's unique landscapes by acquiring and protecting park lands, river corridors and coastal areas; reclaiming and restoring abused and neglected sites, and setting aside areas of great scenic beauty for the recreation and health of the region's residents.
- The Charles River Dam controls the water level in the river basin. An earlier dam, located beneath the Museum of Science, was completed in 1910 with the purpose of creating a fresh water river basin and river front park in Boston. The newly landscaped banks of the river became known as the Charles River Esplanade. The later dam, completed in 1978, houses six pumps that provide flood control protection. The dam's lock system permits travel of recreational craft from the river to the harbor year round. A fish ladder allows for passage of anadromous fish (alewife herring, rainbow smelt and shad) during the migration season in late spring. Regularly scheduled tours are available. Call 617-727-1188 x445 for information.
Recreation - Whether your interest is canoeing or ice skating, baseball or in-line skating, the Charles River is a beautiful resource.
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Climate - Boston experiences a continental climate that is very common in New England, but with distinct maritime influences due to its position on the Atlantic Ocean. Summers are typically hot and humid, while winters are cold, windy and snowy.
The Reserve is located in Boston, Cambridge