Paddling instruction, tours, rentals for every level at outdoor center
Rent a kayak for an easy paddle down the Deerfield River in Massachusetts to get a taste of whitewater kayaking or get some lessons on how to up your advanced whitewater game: There is helpful instruction (up to a full day’s worth), a guided tour or an easy rental for every level of paddling experience at Zoar Outdoor. And there are plenty of ways to paddle, from kayaking and canoeing through Southern Vermont’s stunning lakes and reservoirs to stand-up paddle-boarding. Paddleboards are stable enough for beginners but versatile enough for you to try out those new moves. Or maybe you just want to paddle out to the middle of the lake and read a book. After a short video and a little one-on-one help with your gear, you are good to go. (In the summer, there is even paddleboard yoga!)
Good for boating, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and winter sports; pets permitted except on sandy beach; non-motorized boats only.
Bring your canoe for some smooth paddling around the Upper and Lower Highland Lakes. Ramps are available; day-use fee applies. Please ensure that your boat and equipment are clean. See DAR State Forest for full description of this park.
136 Damon Road at Route 9Northampton, MAPhone: 413-586-8706
Use the Pauchaug, Barton Cove, Sunderland, Hatfield, and Chicopee Boat Access points to launch your canoe (find details below). Elwell Recreation Area is designated for canoes and rowing only. Paddle at your own pace up/down the scenic and historic Connecticut River.
See full description of Connecticut River Greenway State Park.
See boat ramps and river access of Connecticut River Greenway State Park.
Good for paddling, hiking & walking; fishing; pets allowed except on beach area
Canoe along the scenic Westfield River East for a fun work-out! Bring lunch for a picnic, too, but anything you take into the park, you must leave with.
See C.M. Gardner Park for full description of this park.