UMass Lowell Kayak Center

Kayak and Canoe Rentals

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. 

In addition to the above hours we are open for custom programs or shuttles 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays by appointment. Contact the Kayak Center at 978-995-2362 to make an appointment today.

Rental Options

Single Kayaks are suitable for 1 adult or 1 teen.
Tandem Kayaks & Canoes are suitable for 2 adults and 1-2 small children.

Kayak Rental Rates Single Kayaks
Tandem Kayaks or Canoes
1 hour $15 $25
2 hour $30 $50
Half Day (4 hours) $45 $70
Note: We ask that you provide and valid ID or a credit card as collateral to rent a kayak or canoe.
*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.

Pass Rates Public UMass Lowell
Summer Pass $225 $200
Monthly Pass $90 $80

Purchase a Pass . Passes may also be purchased at the UMass Lowell Kayak Center.

No pets are allowed in our boats.


Kayaks may be reserved ahead of time by calling the Kayak Center during open hours at 978-995-2362.


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.


kayak banner

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. 


Free Parking is available in the adjacent parking area for the Vandenberg Esplanade 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 available at the Kayak Center. Please contact Rachel Iversen, the Outdoor Program Coordinator, with any questions at 978-934-1932. 

Shuttle Service Available

Kayak trailer

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 Squanacook Rivers. Visit the Shuttle Services page for more information.

Own your own Boat?

For those who own their own boats, 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 boat upstream.

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.