In late September 2013, I took a tour of Boston’s lower Charles River, guided by Larry Russo Sr., President of Russo Marine. Russo’s lifelong passion for boating began here, and he’s a font of Boston Harbor and Charles River lore, as you’ll see in the accompanying video.

The Whaler enters the lagoon along the Esplanade. Photos/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

The Whaler enters the lagoon along the Esplanade. Photos/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

Our day started in Charlestown, where we launched a Boston Whaler 250 Outrage at a public ramp just off the Mystic River. Ten minutes later, after a brief tour of the inner harbor, we passed through the locks of the Gridley Dam as downtown traffic roared and rumbled around us. After passing below the Zakim Bridge and the Amtrak bascule bridge, we made our way upstream through the old locks near the Science Museum and into the peaceful Charles River Basin.

Aside from a flock of amphibious Duck Boats, we were the only powerboat in sight—remarkable considering the beautiful weather. The rest of the trip was spent meandering upriver, with Russo pointing out various historical and architectural landmarks along the way.

Eventually, we came to the Newton Yacht Club, where we ran out of water and were forced to turn around just shy of the Watertown Dam. You can see the whole adventure by watching the video above. Hopefully, it will inspire you to check out the Charles by water too.

A new perspective on Boston.

A new perspective on Boston.

MIT sailboats enjoy the lower river.

MIT sailboats enjoy the lower river.

Remains of the old lock.

Remains of the old lock.

Community Boating

Community Boating

Below the Zakim Bridge.

Below the Zakim Bridge.

A duckboat heads for the ramp.

A duckboat heads for the ramp.

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