Rental Rates & Available Boat Types

On-Site Rental Rates

  • Make a reservation and fill out your waiver online in advance or just walk up to any of ourĀ  seven locations!
  • Not all types of boats are available at all locations, You can reserve kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards online. If you’d like to upgrade to a paddleboat, rowboat, or XL Canoe, you can ask the staff when you arrive on site for your rental pending availability.

Reserve a Boat Here


Available Boats 0-1.5 Hours 1.5-3 Hours Full Day
Single Kayak (1 adult) $32 $42 $54
Double Kayak (2 adults) $48 $60 $75
Kid’s Kayak (age 6-12) $16 $27 $39
Paddleboard (1 adult)* $32 $42 $54
Canoe (3 adults or 2 adults & 2 kids )* $48 $60 $75
XL Canoe (up to 5 adults)* $58 $70 $85
Paddleboat (up to 4 adults)* $48 $60 $75
Rowboat (3 adults or 2 adults & 2 kids )* $48 $60 $75

*Not all boats are available at all locations: Standard and XL canoes are at every location except for Cambridge. Rowboats and Paddleboats are only available in Waltham: Moody St., Stoneham: Spot Pond and the Newton Historic Boathouse. Paddleboards are not available at Spot Pond.

Sailboats are available at our Spot Pond location in Stoneham, they are only available for for use with a sailing season pass.

Parking in the Kendall Square South Garage
All day Saturdays and Sundays, & Weekdays entering after 4pm $2/hour for first 3 hours;
$12 for longer than 3 hours
Validation Required
Monday – Friday entering the garage at 4pm or earlier Regular Rates

Buy a Season Pass Save $ with Unlimited Paddling!

Important Info

  • Coolers and food may be taken on the boats but no alcohol is permitted.
  • Each participant age 16 or older must sign our Waiver of Liability before using our boats.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age to rent a boat (16 with parental signature on rental waiver); you are welcome to bring children of all ages. See our complete Age Policy.
  • On-site rental boats cannot be removed from the River. Off-site takeaway rentals are available from the Historic Newton Boathouse and Boston Location. If you are interested in off-site rentals, please see our Off-Site Rental Rates.
  • Season Passes valid for rentals at all locations are available!

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