MERRIMACK RIVER SHUTTLE
Every Saturday at 11 a.m. we drop boaters off about five miles upstream to River Front Park in Tyngsboro, Mass. to enjoy a scenic and leisurely paddle downstream. Highlights include paddling under the Tyngsboro and Rourke Bridges, the narrows around Tyngs Island, and side trips under the railroad bridges and up Stony Brook to explore historic mill buildings. Choose to paddle downstream (2-3 hours) or upstream and then back down (4+ hours).
Cost: $35 Public / $25 UMass Lowell includes a 3 hour rental. Those taking more than 3 1/2 hours will be upgraded to the full day rental and should pay the balance upon return. Please let the kayak center know if you will be out longer than expected. $15 Public/$5 UMass Lowell for participants who wish to use their own boat.
For more information on this trip see our Merrimack River Shuttle Info Sheet (.pdf) and Map (.pdf).
We are at a great central location to a number of scenic waterways. We can provide a shuttle service to these 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 and enjoy some nature time.
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 rentals. 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 either from the Bellegarde boathouse or the take out. For any of these locations, after we get you on the water we will meet you at a designated take-out during 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 custom shuttle availability.