The Neponset Watershed contains acres of parks, trails, and waterways for all abilities.

Within the 120-square mile area of the Neponset Watershed, lies a vast array of scenic parks and waterways awaiting exploration and discovery.

On the Water

There are lots of options for swimming, boating, and fishing along the Neponset River, and in local ponds and lakes.

Some of our favorite boating locations include:

How do I know if the water in my town is clean for swimming, boating, or fishing?

For the most up-to-date information on water quality in your town, check with your local board of health or town website.

While NepRWA monitors water quality in local streams and ponds, the collected data primarily captures trends over time rather than daily fluctuations.

Get a Neponset River Paddler’s Guide!

We are pleased to offer the Neponset River Paddler’s Guide to help you explore Boston’s “Hidden River.”

The 8″ x 23″ foldable paddler’s guide is divided into 4 sections: Fowl Meadow, Lower Neponset, Neponset Estuary, Major Lakes, and Ponds.

  • The guide shows launches, suggested routes, and points of interest, and is printed on water-resistant paper for many years of use.
  • The cost is just $5.00 or free for members.
  • Paddler’s guides are delivered via US mail.

To order a guide, or for any questions, please email NepRWA Office Manager, Rebecca Weiss, at

Become a member and get a free guide!

Trails & Parks

Some of our favorite locations include:

  • Neponset Greenway Trail
    • The Neponset Greenway Trail is a miles-long, multi-use trail that runs along the Neponset River, from Mattapan to Port Norfolk in Dorchester. This flat, paved trail is off-road, and is perfect for families and all abilities.
  • Quincy RiverWalk
    • The Quincy RiverWalk is a 2-mile-long public walkway along the Neponset River and Commander Shea Boulevard, beginning at the Adams Inn Gazebo and running to DCR Squantum Point. The trail is a combination of paved path/road and crushed stone.
  • Blue Hills Reservation
    • Miles of trails for all ages and abilities. Check out the Blue Hills Ski Area in the winter!

Click below to start exploring our Watershed communities!

Help us keep our listings up-to-date.  To suggest locations or edit, please contact Outreach & Communications Director, Nancy Fyler, at or 781-575-0354 x307.