Mystic River Reservation

Mystic River Reservation

Quick Facts

Mystic River Reservation

Massachusetts

(617) 727-5380

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Things To Do

Overview

The banks of the Mystic River are almost entirely publicly owned, from the Amelia Earhart Dam at the mouth of the Mystic Lakes, making it one of the Commonwealth's best protected streams. The river has been much altered since the 1800's when its shores were largely saltmarsh.

Map of Mystic River (MA)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.403020, -71.087648

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Activities

  • Boating

    In Mary O'Malley Park, a boat landing and shelter are located on an historic granite pier and a wind sculpture by William Wainwright enlivens the waterfront. In the Mystic Lakes, special sailing programs are available at the Tufts University Boathouse. The Upper Mystic Lake is for non-powered boats only. The Lower Mystic Lake is for power boats with no wake.

  • Bicycling

    Macdonald Park honors a United States Congressman who served the district for 21 years. The park was built on a reclaimed dredge spoiled area left after the construction of Route 93. The award-winning landscape design of the meandering paths, trees and open lawns provides space for rest and enjoyment as well as bicycling, jogging, walking and informal games in a riverside setting.

  • Hiking

    Macdonald Park honors a United States Congressman who served the district for 21 years. The park was built on a reclaimed dredge spoiled area left after the construction of Route 93. The award-winning landscape design of the meandering paths, trees and open lawns provides space for rest and enjoyment as well as bicycling, jogging, walking and informal games in a riverside setting.

  • Picnicking

    In Mary O'Malley Park, tennis courts and a large open lawn area for concerts and picnics are available. The park is open year-round, dawn to dusk. Draw Seven Park offers 9 acres of parkland including two soccer fields, a bikeway/walkway, a picnic area with shelter and beautiful landscaping.

  • Tennis

    In Mary O'Malley Park, tennis courts and a large open lawn area for concerts and picnics are available. The park is open year-round, dawn to dusk.

  • Water Sports

    Today the Mystic Lakes are popular for freshwater swimming at Sandy Beach. Special sailing programs are available at the Tufts University Boathouse. The Upper Mystic Lake is for non-powered boats only. The Lower Mystic Lake is for power boats with no wake.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year round, dawn to dusk.

Directions

Driving

Mystic Valley Parkway. Fellsway access to Lower Mystic Reservation.

Public Transportation

MBTA: Commuter rail to W. Medford or Wedgemere stations for access to Mystic Lakes. Orange line to Wellington Station for access to Mystic River. Bus lines to Medford Square provide access to bikepath.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(617) 727-5380

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