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Exploring the Hidden Charles Paperback – January 1, 2008

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: On Cape Publications (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978576659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978576653
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,401,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is much more to the Charles River than perspiring college kids sculling to the insistent chant of the coxswain. Michael Tougias has been loving and exploring the Charles, all 80 miles of it, for 20 years now, finding secluded towns, coves, marshes, and woodlands of remarkable beauty, and his book is a real gift to the people who live near enough the banks of the Charles to take advantage of Tougias' vast river experience. Touching on its geography, history, and wildlife, Tougias provides a very practical recreation guide to 11 wilderness reservations along the Charles. Each chapter contains convenient, accurate maps and directions; routes for canoes, kayaks, and bicycles; resources for paddlers, hikers, anglers, and picnickers; and accounts of the river and its history from Native American settlements through Revolutionary War days up to modern times. Boston's summers can be hot and intense, but there are lush, bucolic, remote oases that are easily accessible if only you know where to go. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"If you're interested in the river that helps give greater Boston its identity, you must read this book. It's everything a good guidebook should be—lucid, entertaining, and informative. You'll learn where to find the best boat ramps, the widest marshes, the quietest trails, and the hottest fishing spots, and some fascinating local history along the way!  —William Martin, author, Back Bay and Cape Cod

More About the Author

I write on a variety of topics which could roughly be grouped as follows:
TRUE LIFE MARITIME SUVIVAL STORIES: my books include "Overboard!", "Ten Hours Until Dawn", "The Finest Hours" (co-author) and "Fatal Forecast"

HISTORY: "King Philip's War" (co-author), "Quabbin", "The Blizzard of 78"

RIVER BOOKS: "Exporing the Hidden Charles", "River Days: Exploring the Connecticut River from Source to Sea"

HUMOR AND THE OUTDOORS: "There's a Porcupine in My Outhouse: The Vermont Misadventures of a Mountainman Wannabe"

I'm not sure what I'll do next. But I'll follow my intuition. And, of course, the topic has to be something I feel passionate about. Thank you for all your support! Michael Tougias

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathy McLaughlin on May 5, 2010
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This isa great book. I bought it for my husband who is a Scoutmaster for boy scouts and wanted more information about the Charles River.
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