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North of Boston/Merrimack Valley hosts paddling, canoeing, kayaking adventures

40 Doaks Lane Marblehead, MA, 01945 Phone: 781-990-3552

Scenic Marblehead has kayak and paddle board adventure

This exciting attraction tops the list for good summer times and vibes! Enjoy pedal or paddle kayaking and standup paddle boarding off Little Harbor Marblehead: just 17 miles north of Boston. Spend the day paddling around Little Harbor Islands and Marblehead Harbor from our beautiful beach launch location. We rent and sell innovative, stable, easy-to-use paddle and pedal single & tandem kayaks and Standup Paddle Boards. No experience necessary. All equipment and PFD provided. Looking for the perfect party? Little Harbor Boathouse offers hourly, group and party rentals for up to 50 paddlers. Summer Adventure Program (ages 8-14) run weekly, Guided Tours and Kayak Fishing Guides by appointment. Helping families and friends have unforgettable on-water experiences is what we’re all about.

Woodland Road Winchester, MA Phone: 781-322-2851 or

Natural refuge set on over 2,000 acres. Visitors here can enjoy biking, hiking and cross-country ski trails. Canoeing, fishing, and swimming areas are offered, as well as a visitor's center with historic information.

160 Pawtucket Blvd Lowell, MA Phone: 978-458-8750

Park describes the history of this industrial city; also boating, fishing, and walking along esplanade

Boating on the Merrimack River is permitted at this park, which displays the industrial history of the city of Lowell. Boating access to the river is at the Rourke Brothers State Boat Ramp on Route 113. It has 44 trailer lots and 20 car-top lots. The entrance to the ramp is across from 1011 Pawtucket Blvd. and one-half mile west of the Rourke Bridge.

Essex River Estuary Ipswich, MA, 01938 Phone: 978-356-4351

The Crane Wildlife Refuge is a patchwork of coastal and island habitats that includes a portion of Castle Neck and seven islands in the Essex River Estuary (Choate, Long, Dean, Dilly, Pine, Patterson, and Round). Surrounding the Crane Wildlife Refuge is the Great Marsh, the largest contiguous salt marsh in New England, covering more than 25,000 acres from Hampton Harbor, NH to Gloucester. The largest of the Refuge's islands, Choate Island, supports abundant wildlife, and during the 18th and 19th centuries, Choate Island and Long Island were connected by a causeway, comprising a prosperous farming community.

Asbury Street and Ipswich Road Topsfield, MA Phone: 508-887-5931

Great for walking, picnicking, enjoying spring flowers; horseback riding. Wading pool for kids

Ipswich River runs east-west along the northern border of this park, formerly an estate. A kayak and canoe rental business is located just east of the park, on Ipswich Road.
See full description of Bradley Palmer State Park.

305 Middleton Road North Andover, MA, 01845 Phone: 508-686-3391

In-the-forest camping; miles of logging roads for hiking and mountain biking; fishing and paddling (no motor boats)

The eleven ponds on the large, forested property are open to non-motorized boating, including canoeing and kayaking. No boat rentals.
See full description of Harold Parker State Forest.