Accessible kayaking

Adaptive kayaking programs offer equipment, instruction, adaptations, and staff support for kayaking in Massachusetts state parks.

Our kayaking program is our most popular and easiest boating program. Tandem boats, pontoons, and seats with head and side support are some of our most popular adaptations.

Paddlers and lifeguards go out together as a group, and move at the pace of the slowest paddler. Our kayaking sessions usually last for an hour, though longer day trips are sometimes available. The cost for most programs is $5 or $10.

Kayakers must sign a release form and meet our Essential Eligibility Criteria for paddling.

This seasonal program runs from July–September each year, and our seasonal kayaking schedule is released in May. You can visit our adaptive programming page to see if kayaking is currently being offered. To learn about upcoming kayaking dates, please contact us to sign up for our newsletter.

2018 kayaking schedule

Kayaking with Waypoint Adventure

Greater Boston Area

Registration is required: Contact Steve at (781) 325-7980 ext. 185 or email sdastous@waypointadventure.org to sign up or for more information.

Program Cost: $10 per person per session.

Introductory Level—Ages 16+

Saturday, July 14: 10am–3 pm at Lake Cochituate (part of Cochituate State Park)

Introductory Level—Kids only!

Tuesday, July 17: 1pm–3pm at Walden Pond

Introductory Level—Beginners of all ages!

Tuesday, July 24: 5pm–7pm at Walden Pond

Tuesday, August 7: 1pm–3pm at Walden Pond

Tuesday, August 14: 1pm–3pm Walden Pond

Intermediate Level—Evening paddle!

Thursday, July 26: 6pm–8pm at Herter Park (part of the Charles River Reservation)

Intermediate Level—Adults only!

Tuesday, July 31: 12pm–2pm at Walden Pond

Tuesday, August 2: 12pm–2pm at Walden Pond

Intermediate Level—Ages 16+

Saturday, August 4: 10am–3pm at Malibu Beach

Intermediate Level—Evening paddle!

Thursday, August 16: 6pm–8pm at Lake Cochituate (part of Cochituate State Park)

Kayaking with Stavros Outdoor Access

D.A.R. State Forest, Goshen

Sign up for an hour-long paddle! Registration is required: Call Brenda Kennedy at (413) 259-0009 to sign up or for more information.

Program Cost: $5 per person per session.

Mondays, 10am–3pm

July 9, 16, 23, 30 & August 20

Kayaking with All Out Adventures

Sign up for an hour-long paddle! 

Registration is required: Call (413) 584-2052 to sign up or for more info.

Program Cost: $5 per person per session.

Cochituate State Park, Natick

Mondays, 9:45am–3:15pm

July 9, 16, 23, 30

August 6, 13, 20

Quinsigamond State Park, Worcester

Thursday, 9:45am–3:15pm

July 26        

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

D.A.R. State Forest, Goshen

Wednesdays, 9:45am–3:15pm

July 11, 18, 25 

August 1, 8, 15, 22 

Additional Resources for 2018 kayaking schedule

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