Rules & Regulations
Kayaking or canoeing is a terrific way to explore the Charles River. To ensure a safe and fun experience always follow these safety rules:
As a visitor, you assume responsibility for your safety and actions. To help ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable, please:
» Exercise caution and use sound judgment.
» Lifejackets should be worn at all times.
» Become familiar with the Dedham Water Trail, pick up or download a trail map, and plan your route before you set out.
» Check the weather before heading out.
» Wear appropriate clothing and footwear – including life jackets. New England weather can change quickly – be prepared!
» Carry necessary supplies, even for a short outing: insect repellent, sun block, snack food, drinking water, an extra layer. Stay hydrated.
» Keep a close eye on children and pets and make sure they have life jackets.
» Secure your car and leave valuables inside (The Town of Dedham is not responsible for lost or stolen personal belonging while visiting the Water Trail.)
» Always notify someone on shore of where you are going and when you expect to return.
» Call 911 in case of Emergency.
Environmental Stewardship Code
Please help protect the Charles River by observing the following:
» Do not disturb or feed wildlife and maintain a respectful distance.
» Do not cut or pull plants or flowers along the Charles without the permission of the DCR or the Dedham Conservation Commission.
» Help keep air and water clean.
» Carry out what you carry in.
» Use marked footpaths.
» Respect the privacy of neighboring land by obeying all posted signs
» Enjoy and share the landscape with others