List of Charles River boathouses
The boathouses are mostly situated along the Boston and Cambridge banks of the Charles River Basin, upstream as far as the Arsenal Street Bridge, and downstream as far as the Charles River Dam. Many of the boathouses belong to universities, including Boston University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Northeastern University. Other boathouses belong to private clubs, some of which date back to the 19th century, while others belong to non-profit organizations dedicated to making the river accessible to the public for various types of boating. There are a modest number of for-profit boathouses that offer public boating services on the river above the Watertown Dam. Charles River Canoe & Kayak, which operates a boathouse in Newton, also provides rental services at other locations on the river.
The biggest event of the year involving the boathouses is the Head of the Charles Regatta, held every October. The houses see usage nearly year-round, weather permitting and pending the icing over of the Charles in winter months.
This list starts from the mouth of the river, with the first house near the Charles River Dam Bridge, and continues upstream. The nearest crossing to each boathouse is marked with an asterisk (*).
|Boathouse name||Location||Owner||Downstream crossing||Upstream crossing||Built||Notes|
1 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge
|Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation||*Charles River Dam Bridge||Longfellow Bridge||c. 1910||Located to the north of the Museum of Science parking garage at the mouth the Lechmere Canal, this boathouse dates to the period of the first dam's construction.|
|Charlesgate Yacht Club||
20 Cambridge Parkway, Cambridge
|Charlesgate Yacht Club||*Charles River Dam Bridge||Longfellow Bridge||This club has small structures on its docks, and no land-based facilities.|
|Community Boating Boathouse||
21 David Mugar Way, Boston MA
|Community Boating, Inc||*Longfellow Bridge||Harvard Bridge||1941||Community Boating is a non-profit operation providing sailing lessons and access to small sailboats.|
|Union Boat Club Clubhouse||
144 Chestnut Street, Boston MA
|Union Boat Club||*Longfellow Bridge||Harvard Bridge||1851? (founding of the club)||The Union Boat Club is the longest continuously operating rowing club in Boston.|
|MIT Sailing Pavilion||
Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)||Longfellow Bridge||*Harvard Bridge||1935||The first facility constructed for college sailing|
|Charles River Yacht Club||
Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA
|Charles River Yacht Club||Longfellow Bridge||*Harvard Bridge|
|H.W. Pierce Boathouse||
409 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)||*Harvard Bridge||Boston University Bridge||September 9, 1966||Also called the "MIT Boathouse".|
619 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA
|Boston University||Harvard Bridge||*Boston University Bridge||1999||Commonly referred to as the "BU Boathouse".|
|Riverside Boat Club||
796 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA
|Riverside Boat Club||Boston University Bridge||*River Street Bridge||1912||The Riverside Boat Club was founded in 1869. Those wishing to join must go through a five step application process before becoming a provisional member. Used by Northeastern University from 1963 to 1990.|
|BU Sailing Pavilion||
Storrow Drive, Boston MA
|Harvard Bridge||*Boston University Bridge||River Street Bridge||Boathouse for the Boston University sailing squad|
971 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA
|Harvard University||John W. Weeks Bridge||*Anderson Memorial Bridge||1889 main section built in 1906.||Commonly referred to as the "Radcliffe Boathouse". Home of Harvard's women's rowing team.|
65 Soldiers Field Road, Boston (Allston), MA
|Harvard University||*Anderson Memorial Bridge||Eliot Bridge||1900||Home of the men's rowing team and the Harvard University Boat Club|
2 Gerry's Landing, Cambridge MA
|Cambridge Boat Club (CBC)||Anderson Memorial Bridge||*Eliot Bridge||1909? (founding of the club)||A 325-member private rowing and social club involved in a variety of outreach projects.|
|Buckingham Browne & Nichols||Anderson Memorial Bridge||*Eliot Bridge||Immediately adjacent to the Cambridge Boatclub.|
|Belmont Hill and Winsor Boathouse||
5 Greenough Blvd, Cambridge MA
|The Belmont Hill and Winsor Schools||*Eliot Bridge||Arsenal Street Bridge||2002||Eight time New England Youth 4+ Champions (2003–2010)|
1350 Soldiers Field Road, Boston (Brighton) MA
|Northeastern University||Eliot Bridge||*Arsenal Street Bridge
||1989||Cost $2.5 Million.|
|The Harry Parker Boathouse||
20 Nonantum Road, Boston (Brighton) MA
|Community Rowing, Inc. (CRI)||*North Beacon Street Bridge||Watertown Bridge||2008||30,000 sq ft. building, cost $11.45 Million. It's a public boathouse. CRI offers private lessons at the boathouse. It will be used by Boston College.|
2401 Commonwealth Avenue (Route 30), Newton MA
|Boston Outdoor Recreation||Gold Star Mothers Bridge (Prospect Street, Waltham)||*Commonwealth Avenue (Rt. 30)||Does rentals, sales, and instructional programs.|
|Lasell College Boathouse||
Charles Street, Auburndale, Newton, MA
|Lasell College||I95-I90 connector bridge||*closed footbridge between Charles Street, Auburndale and Recreation Road, Weston|
|Nahanton Park Boathouse||
Nahanton Street, Newton MA
|Charles River Canoe and Kayak||*Nahanton Street Bridge||Needham Street Bridge||Does rentals, sales, and instructional programs.|
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