South Region

Ames Nowell State ParkAbington
Borderland State ParkN. Easton
Boston Harbor IslandsHingham
Demarest Lloyd State ParkS. Dartmouth
Dighton Rock State ParkBerkley
Massasoit State ParkTaunton
Myles Standish State ForestCarver
Nickerson State ParkBrewster
South Cape Beach State ParkMashpee
Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research ReserveFalmouth
Webb Memorial State ParkWeymouth

North Region

Ashland State ParkAshland
Bradley Palmer State ParkTopsfield
Cochituate State ParkNatick
Elm Bank ReservationDover, Wellesley
Great Brook Farm State ParkCarlisle
Harold Parker State ForestN. Andover
Hopkinton State ParkHopkinton
Lawrence Heritage State ParkLawrence
Lowell Heritage State ParkLowell
Spot Pond, Middlesex Fells ReservationStoneham
Walden Pond State ReservationConcord
Westgate Canoe Launch, Charles River, Rte. 30Wellesley
Whitehall State ParkHopkinton

Central Region

Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State ParkUxbridge
Douglas State ForestDouglas
Leominster State ForestWestminster
Moore State ParkPaxton
Rutland State ParkRutland
Spencer State ForestSpencer
Dunn Pond State ParkGardner
Erving State ForestErving
Hampton Ponds State ParkWestfield
Lake Dennison Recreation AreaWinchendon
Wells State ParkSturbridge
Wendell State ForestWendell

Western Region

Beartown State ForestMonterey
Clarksburg State ParkClarksburg
Conn. River Greenway State ParkNorthampton
D.A.R. State ForestGoshen
Dubuque, Kenneth Memorial State ForestHawley
Gardner, C.M. State ParkHuntington
Mohawk Trail State ForestCharlemont
Mt. Tom State ReservationHolyoke
October Mountain State ForestLee
Pittsfield State ForestPittsfield
Sandisfield State Forest (York Lake)Sandisfield
Savoy Mountain State ForestSavoy (RTE. 116)
Tolland State ForestOtis

Boston Region

Lower Neponset River TrailDorchester
Pope John Paul II ParkDorchester
Tenean BeachDorchester
Dorchester Shores ReservationDorchester
Charles River ReservationCambridge
Kennedy Playground, Edgewater DriveMattapan
Ryan Playground, River St.Mattapan
Paul's Bridge Canoe Launch, Neponset RiverMilton
Riverside Canoe Launch, Charles RiverNewton
Canoe Launch, Charles River, Redwing BayNeedham
Squantum Point ParkQuincy
Riverside Recreation Area, Charles River, Rte. 128, Exit 23Weston

Canoe Rentals and Instruction

Newton - Charles River Canoe and Kayak Center, Canoe and Kayak Instruction 2401 Commonwealth Ave. 617-965-5110 Season: Early April to late October. Weekdays, 10:00am to dusk; weekends, 9:00am to dusk. Many levels of instruction are offered for canoes, kayaks, and sculls. Please call for more information and availability.

Charles River Canoe and Kayak Center Kiosk at Artesani Park off Soldiers Field Road 617-965-5110 Season May to October 15, weekends Spring and Fall, extended summer hours. Youths under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Spot Pond Boating (SPB) on the outskirts of the Middlesex Fells State Reservation offers non-motorized sailboat, kayak, row boat, pedal boat and canoe rental. The schedule changes slightly from year to year and is always posted on the Instruction in Sailing and Kayaking is available weekly with the schedule posted on the web site. For more information, call (781) 979-9463 (WIND) or email at

Outdoor Recreation of Hopkinton (ORH) offers non-motorized kayak, canoe, pedal boat, row boat and sailboat rental. The schedule changes slightly from year to year and is always posted on the ORH website . ORH also offers a summer schedule for Universal Access paddling, typically on Wednesdays (subject to change) from 10 - 4. Reservations are recommended for the Universal Access program. Instruction is available weekly in Sailing and Kayaking with the schedule posted on the web site. For more information, call (508) 435-3965 or email at