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Dec 12
Friends of the Malden River meeting, 6:30-8PM Cambridge Health Alliance, 195 Canal Street, Malden

Jan 3
Committee Meeting, 7-9PM
Tufts University, Tisch College of Citizenship & Public Service, Lincoln Filene Hall, Rabb Room, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford



Getting out on the river is one of the best ways to experience the Mystic! There are many places in the Mystic River Watershed for boating and canoeing.  There are numerous official and unofficial places to "put-in," including in Arlington, Chelsea, Charlestown, Malden, Medford, Somerville, Cambridge, Winchester and Woburn. Don't forget the life jacket and sunscreen! If you know of other places in the watershed to "put-in" or if any of these need updating, please notify MyRWA at

Safety first. MyRWA advises you to AVOID boating 48 hours following a heavy rain storm, as pollution levels can spike due to stormwater runoff and sewer overflows at numerous places in the watersheds. Click here for additional information about issues currently impacting the Mystic River Watershed.

Tide schedules are available here.

View Mystic River Watershed Boat Landings in a larger map


MacDonald Park, Medford MAOpportunities abound for exploration! From Stoneham to Everett, Arlington to Winthrop, and places in between, there are 22 communities and many ways to enjoy this urban jewel we call home. See the map below and follow the links to some of the community groups advocating for these parks and special places in the Mystic River Watershed.




  1. Middlesex Fells,  Stoneham and Winchester
  2. Fresh Pond Reservation,  Cambridge
  3. Alewife Reservation,  Cambridge
  4. Great Meadows,  Arlington
  5. Pine Banks Park,  Melrose and Malden
  6. Brooks Estate,  Medford
  7. Belle Isle Marsh,  Winthrop
  8. Winchester Woodlands,  Winchester
  9. Sutherland Woods,  Lexington
  10. Horn Pond,  Woburn
  11. Menotomy Rocks Park,  Arlington
  12. Spy Pond Park, Arlington
  13. Mystic River Reservation, Arlington, Medford, Somerville, Everett, Chelsea

View Nature Trails in the Mystic River Watershed in a larger map



Written in both English and Spanish, the Urban Trail Map & Activity Guide aims to improve access from neighborhoods and transit centers to waterfront parks and open space areas within the Mystic River Watershed as well as increase usage of recreational land.  This resource highlights special features of the open spaces including local ecology and history. Made possible by funding from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET)Click here for more information about the Urban Trail Map & Activity Guide.



Minuteman Bike Path ArlingtonThere are many bike trails that crisscross our watershed and travel along scenic routes. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) maintains a system of trials for biking and hiking and offer opportunities to discover nature with local trails and waterways.

The Metro Boston North Bikeways & Trails website offers a map detailing existing and open paths as well as proposed routes. MyRWA works with and supports organizations that are planning new trails, including the East Boston Greenway, Somerville Community Path and Bike to the Sea.

The Tri-Community Bikeway project consists of converting approximately 7 miles of continuous railroad beds into a pedestrian/bikeway and linear park system for the benefit of the general public linking the Towns of Stoneham, Winchester and the City of Woburn.



Black ducks in Mystic LakeExplore nature in an urban setting! There are many great locations for birding within the watershed. See MyRWA's recommendations of birding sites here. For a checklist of Massachusetts birds see the Mass. Avian Records Committee List here. For more birding information see MassBird.Org.




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