Last Visited: Wednesday; May 2, 2012
What to do here: This a public access canoe launch on the Neponset River as it flows through Norwood, MA. It is also a nice peaceful place to hang out if you have a few minutes over lunch.
How to get here: The Bade Canoe Launch is at the back of the parking lot of an office building in Norwood, MA. To get there go to the office building located at the following address (if you’re using a GPS enabled device):
100 River Ridge Dr.
Norwood, MA 02062
The lot and building are located right off Route 1 in Norwood, MA. Coming from the south take exit 9 off Interstate 95 and turn right on River Ridge Dr (the street right after you pass a PetSmart and Meineke, just before you get to the light and turn for Dean St.), 100 River Ridge is the first left once you turn off Route 1.
Coming from the north take exit 11b off Interstate 95 for Neponset St towards Norwood. Keep going until you find yourself on a rotary and then take the ramp for Route 1 South. Go to the next light and make a U turn at the next light (you should see a PetSmart on your left when you are stopped at this light). After you make the U turn take your next right onto River Ridge Dr. after you pass the Meineke and take your next left to find the parking lot with this canoe launch.
Facilities, Fees and Other Information: The office building has available bathrooms and a cafeteria open if you are there during normal business hours. The water level of the Neponset River can vary greatly and if there hasn’t been any rain for a few days than there might not be enough water to make canoeing worthwhile.
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