Kayak & Canoe Rentals

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Enjoy Kayaking, Canoeing or Paddle Boarding on the Merrimack River!


Rental TypeDuration & Cost
1 Hour3 HoursFull Day (Including Offsite)Weekend (3 Days Offsite)
Single Kayak or SUP$20$30$45$120
Tandem Kayak or Canoe$35$45$65$175

All rates include paddle(s), life jackets (PFDs) and basic safety instruction.

Single Kayaks and stand-up paddle (SUP) boards are suitable for one adult or teen. Tandem Kayaks and Canoes are suitable for two adults and 1-2 small children.

Request a rental in advance! You may submit the Kayak Center Rental Request form, or call the Kayak Center during open hours to Reserve Rentals: 978-934-5690.

Season and Monthly Passes

We encourage paddlers to come regularly to the UML Boathouse and get out on the water in our kayaks and canoes. Our season and monthly passes are a great bargain for people looking to spend a lot of time on the water! Discounts on guided tours and shuttles, as well!

Find our more at our Season Pass webpage.

shuttlesShuttles with Rental

We offer a shuttle to just above the Tyngsboro bridge, so you can rent boats, we'll drive you upstream, and you can enjoy a leisurely paddle back down to the Boathouse. This trip generally takes about 3 hours of paddling, or longer if you choose to paddle upstream first. Registrations are available for single or tandem boats. Plenty of parking at the Boathouse to leave your car. Please check out our Shuttle Services webpage to register.

Custom shuttle: If you have a group of six or more, you can book with us to rent boats and shuttle your group upriver to the Tyngsboro Bridge on your own schedule. We may have alternate locations for a more gung-ho group! Read more and reserve your space at our Shuttle Services webpage.

  • Cost for Tyngsboro Shuttle: Full day rental $50 Single Kayak or SUP / $70 Tandem Kayak or Canoe

Terms terms


We accept credit card payments only, or debit cards that can be processed as a credit card.

Sorry we cannot accept: American Express cards or cash.

All rentals are subject to sales tax. Rentals not returned will be assessed at the full retail price of equipment. We ask that you provide a valid ID and a credit card number as collateral to rent a boat.


Boats and boards may be reserved ahead of time by filling out the Kayak Center Rentals Request form or calling the Kayak Center during open hours at 978-934-5690.