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Custom Programs

Custom & Group PRograms

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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 Rentals

Groups of eight 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 23 single kayaks, six tandem kayaks, 6 stand-up paddleboards and four canoes. We can provide rentals for a total of 36 people and an additional 12 young children (one child can sit between two adults in a tandem kayak or 2 in a 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. For group rentals of 10 or more please give as much notice as possible, at least 24 hours. Rentals requests are subject to availability.

Custom Group PROGRAMS and Tours

We offer custom tours and programs for diverse groups with a variety of outcomes in mind. Whether you want to take your family and friends on a sunset tour, teach your scout troop about water safety and environmental stewardship or provide a team building experience for your office, we have something for everyone! Custom Programs are available for groups of six or more. We will typically use the lesson plan and itinerary from our standard programs (2 Hour Tour, Kayak Basics, Sunset Paddle, Evening Paddle) for these custom programs on the Merrimack River. If you are looking for something completely new we may be able to do that too! Custom programs may be run from late April through late October. Discounts may be available for service or river clean up programs, groups of more than 25 people. Please contact us about your groups needs and we can set up a great program that meets your needs!

Custom GroupsStandard Programs (2-3 Hours)River Cleanup ProgramCustom Programs (various hours)
UMass Lowell$15 per person$5 per personContact us for pricing
Public$25 per person$10 per personContact us for pricing


  • What are my groups goals? What outcomes are we looking for?
  • How many people?
  • What date and time? It's helpful to get a few options from your group in case your first choice is not available.
  • Who are the people in my group? Do they have any special needs of any kind? Will they be able to participate?
  • How old are the participants? Will they need parent or guardian permission?


  1. It is recommended that you review our plan your visit page for more information.
  2. Groups will be provided with an information sheet (example) (pdf) for online signup after booking.
  3. We may ask for a roster 24 hours prior to your scheduled program to ensure all participants registrations are complete.
  4. A deposit of half is due upon booking to reserve your boats and instructors unless arranged otherwise.
  5. Please see our policies page for all kayak center policies.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view any pdf files. It can be download for free from the Adobe website.

Custom Team Building

For groups of six or more, we also offer custom paddling programs with a teambuilding twist. 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.

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
  • FUN!
Team Building Custom GroupsStandard Programs (3-4 Hours)River Cleanup ProgramsCustom Programs (various hours)
UMass Lowell$15 per person$5 per personContact us for pricing
Public$25 per person$10 per personContact us for pricing

Schedule a Custom Program

To schedule a custom program please contact Kevin Soleil, Assistant Director of Outdoor & Bicycle Programs by phone at 978-934-1932 or by email:

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