Accessible boating

Access to boating in Massachusetts state parks is provided through adaptive recreational programming in the spring, summer, and fall.

Adaptive kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and rowing programs are offered seasonally through the Universal Access Program. Adaptations include specialized boats, seating, outriggers, and paddles, as well as custom modifications and staff support. Most programs take place on ponds or lakes, with river opportunities available for more experienced paddlers. Most boating programs have a small fee, and pre-registration is always required. Contact the Universal Access Program for more information, or to be notified of upcoming program locations and dates.


Upcoming adaptive paddling programs

  • Adaptive rowing on the Connecticut River 

    25 Jones Ferry Road, Holyoke, MA 01040
    Thursdays by appointment, April–October
    Join the Universal Access Program and Holyoke Rows every Thursday for adaptive rowing on the Connecticut River.
  • May 31 adaptive kayaking on the Cheshire Reservoir 

    50 Farnams Road, Cheshire, MA 01225
    Friday, May 31, 2024
    11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Join the Universal Access Program and All Out Adventures for adaptive kayaking on the Cheshire Reservoir.

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Image credits:  Kayaking with pontoons at Highland Lake, DAR State Forest (Marcy Marchello)

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