Where should I go kayaking near Boston?
July 15, 2007 5:40 PM   Subscribe

Where should I go kayaking near Boston?

About six friends and I want to go kayaking within an hour or 2 drive of Boston. We'd need to rent equipment and maybe want a guide. I'm thinking salt marshes, not big waves. Does anyone have experience doing this? Any suggestions for places to go or companies to rent from?
posted by david1230 to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I seem to remember that one can rent kayaks in Waltham (around 20 minutes from downtown Boston) in the vicinity of the Waltham Westin Hotel, for the purpose of paddling on the Charles River.

Here's some further information on kayaking in Waltham.

I believe it's also possible to rent kayaks to take out on Walden Pond in Concord.
posted by killdevil at 6:02 PM on July 15, 2007 [1 favorite]

If you're looking for salt marshes and slightly more congenial scenery, there are many places to rent kayaks on Cape Cod, and many brackish inlets in which to paddle them. Virtually every town on the Cape has a place to rent boats.
posted by killdevil at 6:05 PM on July 15, 2007

The Ipswich River and the Essex River empty into the ocean near Crane Beach through marshes and there are some kayak rentals near there. Try contacting the chamber of commerce or some of the B&Bs there for info on kayak rentals and guides.

Try calling these guys.

Also, the folks at Foote Brothers might be able to help.
posted by mds35 at 6:43 PM on July 15, 2007

Not salt marshes, but the Concord River is nice for kayaking. You can rent kayaks and canoes.
posted by jdl at 6:44 PM on July 15, 2007

You can also stop off at Russell Orchard to pick some blueberries. I was there yesterday on my way to the beach and the bushes were heavy with tons of big, juicy, almost-ripe berries.
posted by mds35 at 6:46 PM on July 15, 2007

The south shore of RI has a nice series of connected salt marshes and ponds. http://www.ricka.org/
posted by blaneyphoto at 6:49 PM on July 15, 2007

More information about the area here. The marshes in Rowley should be nice, but you may have to do some googling or calling before you find rentals/guide.

I envy you. Every time I drive through Cape Ann I want to kayak the marshes.
posted by mds35 at 6:50 PM on July 15, 2007

You can rent equipment on the Charles River in either Allston or Newton at Charles River Canoe and Kayak. The Newton location is open year round and I believe offers guided tours of the river and the harbor. I've rented from the Allston location before and it's actually a pleasant place to paddle around.
posted by backseatpilot at 6:52 PM on July 15, 2007 [1 favorite]

Best answer: I went kayaking with a group of friends a couple of years ago up in Rockport, MA through these guys. I would highly recommend them-- the guide was great and it's beautiful up there! I think they have a variety of tours.
posted by hooper4 at 7:50 PM on July 15, 2007

The Concord River is fantastic for kayaking. The Charles is, as well, but I speak from experience when I say you don't want to end up in the water...
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 4:35 AM on July 16, 2007

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