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Accessible kayaking

Adaptive kayaking programs offer equipment, instruction, adaptations, and staff support for kayaking in Massachusetts state parks.
A dozen kayakers are grouped together on the water. Some of the kayakers are in tandem boats and some are in single boats. On the shore behind them, a large chimney is rising through the trees.
Join us in the summer for adaptive kayaking!

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 programs ranges from $5 or $10.

Kayakers must sign a release form and meet our essential eligibility criteria for paddling.

Out of an abundance of caution due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, the 2020 adaptive kayaking season has been suspended. Our 2019 adaptive kayaking program schedule is shown below. 

Kayak with All Out Adventures

Four kayaks are lined up at the lakeshore. A dock runs out onto the water on the left. The lake is reflecting the blue sky and trees.

Cochituate State Park, Natick

Mondays, 9:45 a.m.–3 p.m.

July 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26

DAR State Forest, Goshen

Wednesdays, 9:45 a.m.–3 p.m.

July 10, 17, 24, 31
August 7, 14, 21, 28

Quinsigamond State Park, Worcester

Thursdays, 9:45 a.m.–3 p.m.

July 25
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 

To sign up for one of these kayaking programs, contact All Out Adventures at (413) 584-2052 or register online.

Kayak with Stavros Outdoor Access

Two young women are sitting in a tandem kayak on the water. A third young woman is sitting in a single kayak next to them. The women are all holding paddles and smiling.

DAR State Forest, Goshen

Mondays, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

July 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5

To sign up for an hour-long paddle, contact Brenda Kennedy Davies, Director of Stavros Outdoor Access. Call or text (413) 259-0009 or email

Kayak with Waypoint Adventure

Four kayakers are on the water together. Two of the kayakers are sharing a tandem kayak. The shore behind them is covered in tall grass and flowers.

Kids only (under 16) on Lake Cochituate, Wayland

Introductory level

Saturday, July 13: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Adults only (16+) on Lake Cochituate, Wayland

Introductory level

Saturday, July 13: 1 p.m.–3 p.m.

Beginners of all ages at Walden Pond State Reservation, Concord

Tuesday, July 16: 5 p.m.–7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 30: 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug 6: 5 p.m.–7 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug 13: 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug 20: 3 p.m.–5 p.m.

Adults only (16+) evening paddle at Magazine Beach, Cambridge

Intermediate level

Thursday, July 18: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Kids only (under 16) at Walden Pond State Reservation, Concord

Tuesday, July 23: 1 p.m.–3 p.m.

Full day ocean kayaking for adults only (16+) at Malibu Beach, Dorchester

Intermediate level

Saturday, August 3: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Cost for all programs is $10 per person. 

You must pre-register with Steve or Eileen. They will give you site and program specific directions and send you the forms you'll need to fill out and return.

Steve is  or call (781) 325-7980, ext 185.

Eileen is or call (781) 325-7980, ext 184.

Adaptive kayaking for school groups, camps, or summer programs

Cost for all programs is $10 per person per session. 

Register with Julia to sign up your school, camp, or summer program! Email or call (781) 325-7980, ext 184.

Julia will give you site and program specific directions and send you the forms you'll need to fill out and return.

Walden Pond State Reservation, Concord

Introductory level

Tuesday, July 16: 2 p.m.–4 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug 6: 2 p.m.–4 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug 13: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug 20: 12 p.m.–2 p.m.

Charles River at Kendall Square, Cambridge

Intermediate level

Thursday, August 22: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

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