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UMass Lowell Bellegarde Boathouse

Our Boathouse on the Merrimack River provides some of the region's most spectacular waterfront views and stunning sunsets. We are dedicated to making Lowell the center of water sports activity in the Merrimack Valley.

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After more than $1 million worth of renovations, this state-of-the-art venue is home to the UMass Lowell Rowing team and UMass Lowell Kayak Center. Additionally, this facility can host family gatherings, birthday parties, weddings and corporate outings that can include National Park boat tours of the river or canals and other private functions. Other tenants in the UMass Lowell Bellegarde Boathouse include Lowell High School Rowing and the Merrimack River Rowing Association.

Kayak Center

The summer Kayak Center offers educational and recreational kayaking opportunities to the UMass Lowell community and greater public. At the Kayak Center you can rent kayaks, canoes or stand up paddle boards and we provide instructional courses for adults and children of all skill levels. We would love to get you out on the water, feeling confident and having fun. Check out the upcoming Kayak Center programs calendar! For kayak rentals and reservations contact the Kayak Center at 978-995-2362 or to book custom paddles or other inquires contact Kevin Soleil at 978-934-1932.


Rowing is a sport that can be picked up by anyone at any time. The UMass Lowell Bellegarde Boathouse boasts a fleet ranging from single-person recreational boats to 8-person racing boats, and everything in between. The boathouse is also home to the UMass Lowell Rowing Team - A competitive team for full-time UMass Lowell students. For more information please contact Christopher Pucella, Head Rowing Coach and Boathouse Manager by email:

Rental Information

The rental area is limited to the 2,000-square-foot deck overlooking the river. Special permission may be granted for excursion boats to land on the docks to drop off or pick up passengers. For more information regarding rentals, reservations, or catering, contact the Office of Hospitality and Event Services at 978-934-3888 or email:


Bellegarde Boathouse
500 Pawtucket Blvd. Lowell, MA 01854

Rowing Programs and Boathouse General Use

John Lindberg
Head Rowing Coach and Boathouse Manager
Phone: 978-934-1549

Kayak Center

Kevin Soleil
Assistant Director of Outdoor and Bicycle Programs

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