Berkshires and Pioneer Valley host padding, canoeing, kayaking adventures

Rafting 2018 - Zoar Outdoor - Charlemont, MA
Zoar Outdoor

Route 2 (Mohawk Trail) Charlemont, MA, 01339 Phone: 800-532-7483

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!)
DAR State Forest
D.A.R. State Forest

Cape Street, Route 112 Goshen, MA Phone: 413-268-7098

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.
Tolland State Forest

410 Tolland Road East Otis, MA Phone: 413-269-6002

Good for many recreational activities including boating, fishing, swimming, camping, hiking, and picnics.

There is a public motorized boat launch ramp along Otis Reservoir. Be aware of swimmers and fishing in season. See Tolland State Forest for full description of park.
October Mountain State Forest

Woodland Road Lee, MA Phone: 413-243-1778

Non-motorized canoeing and kayaking is done at this rustic mountainside park. Several boat ramps are available. See full description of October Mountain State Park
Chester-Blandford State Forest

Route 20 Chester, MA Phone: 413-354-6347

Good for walking & hiking, horseback riding, hunting (restrictions), mountain biking, fishing

Canoe or kayak down Sanderson Brook, Griffith Brook, or the Westfield River.
See Chester-Blandford State Forest for full description of this park.
C.M. Gardner Park

Route 112 Huntington, MA Phone: 413-354-6347

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.
Lake Mattawa

Lake Mattawa Road Orange, MA Phone: 978-544-2254

Two boat ramps serve this clear mountain lake. Motor boats are limited to 10 hp or less. See full description of Lake Mattawa.
Mohawk Trail State Forest

175 Mohawk Trail / Route 2 Charlemont, MA, 01339 Phone: 413-339-5504

Good for year-round camping, viewing nature & wildlife, and trout fishing.

Canoe along 18 miles of rivers in this scenic hidden gem. See Mohawk Trail State Forest for full description of park.
Connecticut River Greenway State Park

136 Damon Road at Route 9 Northampton, MA Phone: 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.
Savoy Mountain State Forest

260 Central Shaft Road Florida, MA Phone: 413-663-8469

Handicap-accessible hiking and camping; water sports, picnicking, hiking, camping, paddling, pets allowed

Launch non-motorized boats only from North Pond's public ramp. Day use fees apply. See Savoy Mountain State Forest for full description of park.
Robinson State Park

462 North Street Feeding Hills, MA Phone: 413-786-2877

Good for paddling, picnics, swimming, fishing, and views

Follow the paved path alongside Westfield River to reach the boat launch area for canoes and kayaks. See Robinson State Park for full description of this park.
Hampton Ponds State Park

1048 North Road Westfield, MA, 01085 Phone: 413-532-3985

The fresh water pond in this park is open to paddlers, canoeists, kayakers, and motor boats. See full description of Hampton Ponds State Park.