Kayak and Canoe Rentals
The Kayak Center will be closed Aug. 16, 2014 for the Southeast Asian Water Festival.
Summer 2014 Kayak Rentals Dates & Times
June 7 - August 31, 2014
- Monday - Friday: 6 - 9 a.m. and 4 - 8 p.m.
- Saturday & Sunday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Contact the Kayak Center at 978-995-2362 with questions or to make a reservation today!
Anyone can rent a kayak from our Kayak Center during these open hours. In addition to the above hours we are open for custom programs or shuttles 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays, by reservation.
Single Kayaks are suitable for 1 adult or 1 teen.
Tandem Kayaks & Canoes are suitable for 2 adults and 1-2 small children.
Note: We ask that you provide and valid ID or a credit card as collateral to rent a kayak or canoe.
|Kayak Rental Rates
||Tandem Kayaks or Canoes
|Half Day (4 hours)
*All rates include paddle(s), life jackets (PFDs), and basic safety instruction.
Season and Monthly Passes
Our season and monthly passes are a great bargain for people looking to spend 7 or more days on the water with us each month. Passes are good for unlimited single kayak or canoe rentals. A $10 guest fee will apply each time a pass-holder rents a tandem kayak or canoe.
Purchase a Pass. Passes may also be purchased at the UMass Lowell Kayak Center.
Please note that no pets are allowed in our boats.
We accept credit card payments only. We do NOT accept American Express Cards. We accept debit cards if we can process them as a credit card. We do NOT accept cash. All rentals are subject to sales tax.
Kayaks may be reserved up to a week ahead of time by calling the Kayak Center during open hours at 978-995-2362. Feel free to leave a message!
A $5 discount per rental hour is available to UMass Lowell Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni with a valid ID.
Discounts may also be given to groups of 10 or more. Contact the Kayak Center in advance to reserve boats for your group and receive the discount.
- Address: 500 Pawtucket Blvd Lowell, MA 01854 - The Kayak Center utilizes the outdoor space of the UMass Lowell Bellegarde Boathouse. During open hours, Kayak Center staff can be found near the dock area, at the table by the blue Kayak Center sign. On rainy days, the table is moved to the nearest open bay door.
- Parking -
Free Parking is available in the adjacent parking area for the
or along the shoulder of Pawtucket Blvd.
Each person who wishes to participate in our programs and rentals must review and complete a release of liability waiver beforehand. To save you time, waivers can be reviewed and completed ahead of time by selecting one of the links below. Waivers are slso available at the Kayak Center. Please contact Rachel Iversen, the Outdoor Program Coordinator, with any questions at 978-934-1932.
Shuttle Service Available
Shuttle services are available daily. We take participants 6 miles upstream so that they can enjoy the peaceful 2 hour paddle downstream back to the boathouse. We also provide shuttles on the Nashua, Concord, and Squannacook Rivers. Visit the Shuttle Services page for more information.
Adverse Weather Policy
The Kayak Center may open late or close early during adverse weather. We close in conditions when wind is above 10 mph, when white caps are visible on the water, after severe storms when water levels are expected to rise significantly, and when thunderstorms threaten the area. You can always call at 978-934-1932 to inquire if we are open during a specific day. If we have to cancel a program due to adverse weather we will make every effort to re-schedule the program or fully refund participants.
What To Wear
There are a few items you MUST wear while kayaking:
- A life jacket, or Personal Flotation Device is required by law
We recommend you wear clothing appropriate for the temperature. Clothing made of synthetic fabrics like nylon or polyester is recommended, although cotton is okay. Swim suits are not required. On cool or breezy days you may want to wear a jacket.
We recommend you wear sunglasses and a sun hat for sun protection.
What to Bring
Bring a valid ID and payment with you to the Kayak Center. Always bring a water bottle, snack, and sunscreen. Our rule of thumb is: don't bring anything in the kayak that you don't want to get wet. If you do need to bring those items, we recommend you seal them in a waterproof or ziplock bag. Most of our kayaks are outfitted with water-proof hatches as well, where items can be stored in a dry and out of the way place yet accessed on the water if needed. This is a great place to stow an extra layer, backpack, or a lunch.
Own Your Own Kayak/Canoe?
For those who own their own kayak or canoe, it is a $4 launch fee to launch out of the Kayak Center dock. To use our shuttle service, the $10 or $15 shuttle fee applies, but you will not be charged a rental fee; just pay the fee for any location and we will load you and your kayak/canoe upstream. If you have a rowing shell you would like to launch at our boathouse, we encourage all adult rowers to join the Merrimac River Rowing Association for access: www.merrimackrowing.org.