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Accessible kayaking

Adaptive kayaking programs offer equipment, instruction, adaptations, and staff support for kayaking in Massachusetts state parks.
Participants are paddling using three single kayaks and one tandem kayak on Highland Lake at DAR State Forest.

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 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 $8 to $20.

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

Our 2021 adaptive kayaking program schedule is shown below. 

Kayak with All Out Adventures

A person wearing an orange t-shirted is seated in a blue kayak paddling on a lake. Another person is sitting in a red kayak paddling in front of him. Big green trees are in the background.

DAR State Forest, Goshen

Wednesdays, July 7 – August 25

Join All Out Adventures for kayaking around Upper Highland Lake. Kayakers will paddle together in a small pod. There will be 1 hour 15 minute timeslots to allow for time to get set up and recreate on the water.

Cost: $8 per person. One guest of a program participant with a disability can attend at no charge.

Pre-registration is required. Due to anticipated high demand for this program, you may pre-register for a maximum of 4 dates. If you are interested in attending more than 4 programs, your name can be added to a waiting list and you will be invited to additional programs if space is available. Email info@alloutadventures.org or call (413) 584-2052 to sign up.

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.

 Walden Pond State Reservation, Concord

Thursdays: July 8, 15, 22, 29 from 10am–12pm and 1–3pm

Tuesdays: August 3, 10, 17, 24 from 10am–12pm and 1-3pm

Enjoy small group kayaking at historic Walden Pond with Waypoint Adventure. Experience the fun and serenity of being on the water while being part of a supportive community.

Cost: $20 per person. One parent/friend/PCA of a program participant with a disability can attend at no charge.

Pre-registration is required. Due to anticipated high demand for this program, you may pre-register for up to 3 kayaking adventures. If you are interested in attending more than 3 programs, your name can be added to a waiting list and you will be contacted if there is last minute availability. Click here to register online. If you have any other questions, contact Michelle Hoffmeister at mhoffmeister@waypointadventure.org.

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