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Description - *Information Provided By Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation*

The Upper Basin widens near the Watertown and Newton yacht clubs; the tower of the Perkins School for the Blind is a landmark visible from Daly Field on the south side. The Galen Street Bridge and a formal landing at Watertown Square form the terminus of the parkway-lined Basin, but the navigable river continues on another thousand feet to the Watertown Dam. The narrow width and serpentine course of the Upper Basin is a wonderful challenge for rowers.

Attractions - Landry Park/Lakes District
The dam at Moody Street in Waltham creates the "Lakes District", an extensive water area and flooded meadow. At Waltham Center, Landry Park, with its fish ladder provides a pleasant open space adjacent to the Charles River Museum of Industry. Upstream a new "river walk" opens the river to Prospect Street for bicyclists and pedestrians. The Lakes District offers excellent canoeing and winter ice fishing. Small boats can be launched at Woerd Avenue.

Forest Grove Reservation
Forest Grove in Newton is an area of open woods for nature study, picnicking or just relaxing. Superb views and cool breezes can be enjoyed by bird watchers and fishermen alike. Fishing and hiking are offered at the park.

Recreation - Rowing
Boat Ramp
Boat Tours
Athletic Fields
Picnic Areas
Bike Paths
Tennis Courts
Swimming Pool

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.

Location - Watertown, Waltham, Newton, Weston

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