The Merrimack River Shuttle takes you six miles upstream of the Kayak Center launch. We offer a shuttle that leaves every Saturday at 10 a.m. If you are interested in doing this shuttle on a different day and time with a group of six or more people please call to reserve at least one day in advance. We will drive you 15 minutes (six miles) upstream to another kayak launch where we will put you on the water. Once on the water you have two main options:
- Paddle Upstream
To make a half-day out of this trip, paddle further upstream on the Merrimack! You will pass some farmland and wetlands along this winding path. When you're ready, turn around and float back downstream all the way back to our boathouse.
- Paddle Downstream
Paddle or float downstream and it's six miles back to the boathouse. This float lasts 1.5 - 2 hours, depending on your pace. You will pass the Tyngsboro Bridge and have the option to explore small tributaries of the Merrimack River. You will pass by Chelmsford on the right bank and Tyngsboro and Lowell on the left bank.
Once you paddle under the second bridge (Rourke Bridge) you will see the boathouse on the left side of the river. Return your kayak and other equipment there before heading on your way.
Cost: $15 per person with your own boat/equipment, or $5 with additional rental. Please note that if you paddle upstream you will need a half day rental.
Those who wish to paddle longer need to notify us when they make the reservation.
Cost includes: kayak, life jacket/pfd, paddle, map, basic safety instruction and transportation to kayak launch
Custom Shuttle Service on the Nashua, Concord, or Squannacook Rivers
We are at a great central location to a number of scenic waterways. We can provide a shuttle service to these other local scenic rivers.
The Nashua River forms the core of the Bolton Flats Wildlife Management Area and the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge. It winds through marshy areas and forms a pond above the Pepperell Dam. Home to wildlife such as egrets, beavers, and large mouth bass, there is something for everyone to see.
The Squannacook River is a narrower, winding river. River depths are mainly shallow, making it best to paddle in spring and early summer. It provides a surprisingly remote paddle through Groton and Shirley before it empties into the Nashua, about 2 hours paddling from the launch. There is also a pond that comes off the Squannacook to explore. All together, it's a splendid paddle through a whole lot of conservation land - a perfect way to relax.&
Concord River The Sudbury and Assabet Rivers join to become the Concord River. The river is fairly slow moving and easy to paddle in this section, so you can appreciate the rich natural and cultural sites along the way. Pass by the Old Manse, home of Emerson and Hawthorne, and paddle under the famous Old North Bridge, a part of Minute Man National Historical Park. The River enters the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, and you can land your boat to explore the impoundments, home to a diversity of waterfowl. From here, the river continues to slowly meander through rich greenery until you reach Route 225. Take the straightest route for a 2 hour paddle, or explore all the scenic spaces along the way and make it a full day on the water.
We have outlined our available launch locations on this custom Google Map.
Minimum Group Size: We need a minimum six people with a two hour rental required for any custom shuttle service. If your group is less than six we suggest utilizing our offsite rentals.
Cost: $15 per person, plus the cost of rental. Payment must be made in advance for any shuttle service outside of the Merrimack River.
Cost includes: kayak, life jacket/pfd, paddle, map, basic safety instruction and transportation. For any of these locations, after we get you on the water we will meet you at a designated take-out in a pre-established time window.
Availability: Custom shuttles are available any day of the week from 9 a.m. - 8 p. m. Availability subject to staffing and other reservations or programs. Call our office 978 934 1932 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for shuttle availability.