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. Our 2019 summer dates will be released in May 2019. To get on our mailing list to be notified of upcoming program dates, please contact us.

Seasonal adaptive kayaking locations

The following parks are frequently used for kayaking programs in the summer and fall. Locations may vary by year. 

Charles River Reservation, Boston

Cochituate State Park, Natick

D.A.R. State Forest, Goshen

Hopkinton State Park, Hopkinton

Nickerson State Park, Brewster (offered through Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers)

Quinsigamond State Park, Worcester

Walden Pond State Reservation, Concord
 

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