UMass Lowell Kayak Center

Kayak Center Mission

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 including:

Below is information on the kayaks in our rental fleet for this year! Any of these can be rented throughout the summer.

Technical Details
Necky Rip-10
Color: Sunrise
Size: Single
Length: 10.5 feet
This Recreational sit-inside kayak is a lively, playful beginner to intermediate kayak designed to help grow paddling skills without sacrificing fun on the water. Efficient length and a sharp keel give the Rip 10 tremendous glide. This is great for larger paddlers as well.
Necky Kayak
Perception Sport Sound
Color: Camo 
Size: Single
Length: 10.5 feet
This Recreational kayak includes molded seats, a unique "Stabilizer Hull" designed to enhance tracking and provide a stable feel. Additional features include dashboard tacklebox, molded-in rod holders for the fishermen among us. This is great for larger paddlers as well.
Perception Impulse Color: Yellow
Size: Single
Length: 10 feet
This Recreational, sit-inside kayak is rigged for a day on the lake, whether fishing, bird-watching, or cruising. This kayak is comfortable, light-weight, and stable, and fits smaller paddlers well.

Wilderness Systems Tsunami
Color: Orange, Blue, or Lime 
Size: Single
Length 12.5 feet
This Light Touring style kayak is swift, agile, and ideal for a day trip on river, lake, or ocean. Large cockpit and hull provide stability for beginners. Use 2 hatches to haul gear for an overnight stay. With 2 bulkheads, thigh braces, and a cockpit that fits a spray skirt you can buoy through those ocean waves and roll easily back up.
Beg. May 2015
Wilderness Systems Pamlico
Color: Red 
Size: Tandem
Length: 14.5 feet
This Recreational sit-inside kayak is a tandem you will take everywhere. Adjustable for 1-3 people including children, the V-shaped hull offers swift acceleration, solid stability, and easy tracking to go the distance! Mulch-faceted seat and foot adjustments make for a comfy ride.

Tandem Perception

Perception Sport Conduit Color: Lime or Blue & White
Size: Tandem
Length: 14 feet
This recreational, sit-inside kayak offers performance for families, duos, or solo paddling. Great for flat or slow-moving water, this kayak offers quick acceleration and comfortable outfitting.


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 over the phone by credit card (call 978-995-2362) or 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: Sunday, August 31. 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! 

Our Kayak Paddles are also available for purchase for $10, 25  or $45 each, depending on style.