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.

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  • Adaptive sailing on the Charles River 

    21 David G Mugar Way, Boston, MA 02114
    April–October 31, 7 days a week on an appointment basis.
    Take adaptive sailing lessons or go out for a recreational sail with Community Boating, Inc.
  • Adaptive sports at Nickerson State Park 

    3488 Main St., Brewster, MA 02631
    May 14–October 12, days and times vary
    The McGraw Center for Adaptive Sports at Nickerson State Park offers programs hosted by Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers.

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