Kayak Center

Kayak Center


The mission of our Summer Kayak Center is to offer educational and recreational kayaking opportunities to the UMass community and greater public. We provide instructional courses for adults and children of all skill levels and offer kayak rentals daily on the Merrimack River. We would love to get you out on the water, feeling confident, and having fun.  

We offer a variety of programs and services (pdf) including:

 Kayak Sales

We provide new kayaks for our rental program each year. At the end of our summer season they are sold to the public.

Kayaks are used during rental and instructional programs from May - August. They are maintained throughout the summer by kayak center staff and experience normal wear and tear due to rental and summer conditions; some typical wear you may see are: scratches on the hull and discolored deck lines due to sun exposure. Such conditions do not significantly affect the integrity of the equipment. All kayaks are sold as-is.

Advanced Sales will start in mid-July. Kayaks are sold on a first-come-first-served basis. They may be purchased online or in-person at the kayak center during open hours. Although kayaks may be purchased in advance, they can be picked up no sooner than the close of our rental season: Monday, September 1, 2015.

On the day of pick-up, make sure your vehicle is properly fitted with pads or rack to securely carry a kayak, and make sure you bring enough webbing or rope to secure it to that rack and to secure bow and stern lines.

If you have any questions about a specific kayak, or which kayak may best fit your needs, our staff are available to assist you. We encourage you to come rent with us this summer and try these boats out for yourself, it’s a great fleet!

Current Rental Fleet

Model Technical Details Description
Perception Impulse Color: Yellow
Size: Single
Length: 10 feet
Recreational, sit-inside kayak
Wilderness Systems Tsunami
Color: Orange, Blue or Lime 
Size: Single
Length 12.5 feet
Light touring style kayak with many technical features
Perception Sport Conduit Color: Lime or Blue & White
Size: Tandem
Length: 14 feet
Recreational, sit-inside tandem kayak adjustable for 1-3 people