UMass Lowell Kayak Center

Custom & Group Programs

We offer custom tours and programs for diverse groups. Check out our instructional programs, tours and events. If you find something you think is a fit for your group, we can schedule work with you to provide that program to fit your schedule.

Group Kayak Rentalskayak creek

Groups of 8 or more can receive a discount on kayak rentals during Open Rental Hours. Kayak Staff provide the boats but will not join the group to provide leadership of any kind. We currently have a 14 single kayaks, 6 tandem kayaks, and 5 canoes. We can provide rentals for a total of 36 potential people and an additional 11 young children (one child can sit between two adults in a tandem kayak or canoe). We recommend you call the kayak center at least one hour ahead of time to reserve boats for your group at 978-995-2362.

Custom Tours

Whether you want to surprise your partner with a sunset tour, or spook your friends on a moonlight tour, we can provide an experience for you. Our certified instructor will take you out on the water any day of the week. But we can do more than that: schedule a sunrise tour with your co-workers and share a peaceful and awe inspiring morning together. Custom tours 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. also available on the Nashua and Concord Rivers in addition to the Merrimack. Other locations may be approved by the Program Coordinator in advance.

Note: moonlight tours subject to the lunar calendar. 

Duration: 2 - 6 hours
Group size: 6 - 12 people

Custom Instructionkayak group instruction

Take your classroom on the water! Participants can learn about Environmental topics such as: water quality, pollution, storm drain runoff, the food web, indicator species, native animals, and more. We are able to utilize a curriculum created by the Merrimack River Watershed Council to meet academic standards in the area of Science. Outside the classroom, bring your scout troop, soccer team, or campers to us for a day on the water integrating any of these topics with time on the water.

Duration: 2 - 8 hours
Group size: 6 - 12 people

Custom Team Building 

Our Program Coordinator has been providing team building programming for 8 years for children (ages 11 - 17) and adults. If you are looking for a fun experience that will provide opportunities to build relationships, develop  leadership, trust, problem solving, or communication skills, we have something for you. We provide a unique experience customized for each group to meet their goals. We believe in a process where participants shape their own experience to make it meaningful and fun. Our leaders facilitate challenging and engaging activities based on a philosophy of Experiential Education. Expect to be outside, get wet, play, laugh, move, question, celebrate, be challenged, and learn.

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Common Outcomes include:

  • Enhanced teamwork
  • Leadership development
  • Improved communication skills
  • Increased trust
  • Increased confidence
  • Problem solving skill development
  • Renewed energy and excitement towards program or team

Team Building programs will include time at the Boathouse and on the Merrimack River. We can also come to you!

Duration: 3 - 8 hours
Group Size: 8-30 people.

To Schedule a Program

Complete the Custom Kayak Program Request Form or contact the Program Coordinator Ken Follette.

Note: We recommend you complete your request at least 2 weeks in advance of your preferred date. 

Program Staff

Our energetic and well-qualified staff members consist of UMass Lowell Professionals and highly motivated college students. Staff members are trained by certified instructors in kayak skills and safety. They are first aid and CPR/AED certified, and CORI checked. Many have advanced first aid and water safety training. The program is under the management of Ken Follette, Outdoor Programs Coordinator at UMass Lowell.