BU bridge. The right side goes over a railroad bridge.

BU's DeWolfe Boat House on left.

    At this point we had turned a bit before going under
    the Mass Ave bridge, and were heading upstream.

BU buildings

She passed us like we were standing still.

Riverside Boat Club on the left.

    Week's foot-bridge ahead. After going under
    it, we turned and headed back downstream.


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    Our launch site was by the little "pushpin" at 020 on the Google Earth view
    above. The white line on the river shows our path, down almost to the
    Mass Ave bridge, and then up to the Weeks footbridge at DeWolfe Street.

The pictures above are from June 2016.

The pictures below are from October 2019

    We put in to the Charles River from a little launch site off of Memorial Drive, Cambridge.
    It's a great spot for getting into this part of the river. Plenty of parking (at least there was
    when we were there on a Monday) and a very easy put-in. You can see the location
    circled in blue in the Google Earth view above. We crossed to the Boston side and
    headed downstream. Shortly before reaching the Mass Ave bridge, we crossed the
    river again, and headed upstream. We would have continued to the Basin, but it was
    rather windy and the wind would likely have been stronger there. We continued
    upstream as far as the Weeks footbridge, and then headed back to the launch site.

The Longfellow Bridge, with a faint view of the Zakim beyond it.

The Hatch Shell with a gun ready for the 1812 Overture.

Arthur Fiedler

    There's a fish in its mouth. Swallowed
    it before I could get a better picture.

    We had to whole river to ourselves most of the time, but on
    our way back upstream, as we passed the BU boathouse
    we saw an 8-person shell coming out, and then saw the
    coach using a megaphone as he came up to them in the
    motorboat you see above. With their 16 oars and a bend
    not too far up the river, they were out of sight in no time.
    This was the day after the Head of the Charles Regatta.

The white line in the river shows our track.