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Towns in the Neponset River Watershed:

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  • Canton

  • Dedham

  • Dorchester

  • Dover

  • Foxborough

  • Hyde Park

  • Mattapan

  • Medfield

  • Milton

  • Norwood

  • Quincy

  • Randolph

  • Sharon

  • Stoughton

  • Walpole

  • Westwood

Major Tributaries:

  • Beaver Brook

  • Mill Brook

  • Mother Brook

  • Pine Tree Brook

  • Ponkapoag Brook

  • Purgatory Brook

  • School Meadow Brook

  • Spring Brook

Organizations that work in the Neponset River Watershed:​

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  • Deputy Director for Policy
    Mass Rivers is currently seeking a Deputy Director of Policy. Please click here for a detailed job description and instructions for how to apply.

What Are People Saying?

Canoe on the Neponset River in Canton, MA

"I walked along the Burma Rd Trail beginning in Milton, MA by the Neponset Valley Parkway. It was a narrow trail that weaved alongside the river. Most of the trail was easy footing, but the ground is uneven and you will encounter fallen tree branches, not making it very suitable for those with a mobility handicap. However, there is a nice open section at the entrance of the trails where you can sit and relax by the water. The entire trail is 1.5 miles, making it a 3 mile out and back (the trail is a dead end). Even though you can sometimes hear the sounds of trucks and cars on the nearby roads and highways, the trail offers a nice repose as you find yourself surrounded by towering trees and the crossfire of birdcalls above. Be advised that the trail is lined with poison ivy, so be careful where you step!"

- Rachel, Mass Rivers Intern 

Photo: Canton Palmer

Neponset River Activities
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Walk, Hike, Bike
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Boating & Sailing
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There are no swimming beaches along the river and it is not consistently safe to swim.

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Walk, Hike, Bike

Hike, Walk, Run

Walking, hiking, and biking locations:

  • Neponset Greenway Trail (Dorchester) an 8.2 mile asphalt rail-trail from Neponset Valley Parkway in Mattapan to Port Norfolk in Dorchester.

    • There is free parking at the mid-way point of the trail at DCR Neponset Park, at the corner of Granite Ave. and Hilltop St. (Entrance to the park is on Hilltop St.).

    • Click here for a Neponset Greenway Trail Map that shows public parking, carry-in boat launches, and paths.

  • Quincy RiverWalk (Quincy) a 2 mile-long public walkway along the Neponset River shore from Squantum Point Park to the Adam’s Inn. [Map pdf]

    • Park on Miwra Haul Rd in Quincy, MA 02171.

    • Park near the Neponset Landing Pier and Hancock Street (Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171).

  • Fowl Meadow in the larger Blue Hills Reservation provides the most expansive wildlife habitat in Greater Boston. The Burma Road Trail (Milton) is a 1.5 mile dirt path along the Neponset River in Fowl Meadow.

    • There is a small parking lot by the entrance that can park several cars.

  • Lower Neponset River Trail (Dorchester)

    • Hallet Street, Boston, MA 02124.

    • Parking is available at Pope John Paul II Park.

    • The paved bike path is an accessible trail.

More opportunities across the watershed, courtesy of the Neponset River Watershed Association >>

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Paddling locations:

  • Neponset River Reservation (Boston) This river extends from Milton to the Boston Harbor. In addition to hiking and boating, you can also find a playground and spray decks throughout the reservation.

    • Neponset Park, Hilltop Street, Dorchester

  • Pope John Paul II Park (Boston) Once a landfill, Pope John Paul II Park now offers picnicking, trails, athletic fields, and more. This is also a good place to look for birds and wildlife.

    • Park at Hallet St in Boston, MA 02124 or on Pope John Paul II Park in Boston, MA 02124

    • Or take the Red Line to North Quincy, then walk 1.1 miles.

  • Tenean Beach (Dorchester) This sandy spot features a playground, a boardwalk, and various picnic areas with shade shelters and seating.

    • Park at Tenean Beach, in Joseph Finnegan Park (141-147 Walnut St, Dorchester, MA 02122).

  • One that is near Billings Creek (Quincy)

    • Park along Seaport Drive in Quincy, MA 02171

  • Launch from Signal Hill (Canton) You can either paddle upstream or downstream.

    • Park at 99 University Rd in Canton, MA 02021.

  • Launch from Paul’s Bridge (Milton) You can paddle upstream.

    • Park at the Burma Trail Parking (1339 Brush Hill Rd, Milton, MA 02186).

  • Launch from Milton Landing (Milton) or DCR Neponset Park in Dorchester and go to the Neponset Estuary.

  • Lake Massapoag (Sharon) This is a 353-acre, natural, springfed lake. The name Massapoag is Algonquin, meaning "large water".

    • There may be parking at the Recreation Department located at 219 Massapoag Ave in Sharon, MA 02067.

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Boating & Sailing


We have no information for this activity; please contact us if you have any information we should include here.

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You can fish on the Neponset River, but you should first consult the Freshwater Fish Consumption Advisory List before eating any fish that is caught in the watershed.


Pollution warnings for the Neponset River watershed >> 

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