Best Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing in Massachusetts

This list represents the most popular flatwater kayaking & canoeing in Massachusetts. Use this list to plan your next Massachusetts flatwater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Connecticut River: Riverview Picnic Area to Barton Cove

    3 Reviews

    Northfield, MA

    The trip between Riverview Picnic Area and Barton Cove is an especially nice paddle, in part because the river changes moods, from wide and lazy to deep and narrow. Along the way you will pass ...
    •  Day use, camping available
    •  5.3 miles
    •  Guide

    The trip between Riverview Picnic Area and Barton Cove is an especially nice paddle, in part because the river changes moods, ...

  • #2 Tully Lake and East Branch Tully River

    2 Reviews

    Athol, MA

    If you paddle the East Branch of the Tully River in the evening, you are guaranteed to see beaver in this wonderful marshland. Tully Lake, with its numerous islands, offers hours of exploration ...
    •  All Day Round Trip
    •  Guide

    If you paddle the East Branch of the Tully River in the evening, you are guaranteed to see beaver in this wonderful marshland. ...

  • #3 Concord River and Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

    0 Reviews

    Bedford, MA

    Paddling this section of the historic Concord River, although not a wilderness experience, transports us back to the time of Emerson and Thoreau. This slow-flowing river can be paddled in both ...
    •  6 hours round trip
    •  Guide

    Paddling this section of the historic Concord River, although not a wilderness experience, transports us back to the time ...

  • #4 East Brimfield Lake, Quinebaug River, Holland Pond, and Long Pond

    2 Reviews

    Brimfield, MA

    Quinebaug River Water Trail represents one of the finest quietwater resources in Massachusetts. With virtually no current, it wends its way for more than 4 miles through a wildlife-filled swampland. ...
    •  all day round trip
    •  Guide

    Quinebaug River Water Trail represents one of the finest quietwater resources in Massachusetts. With virtually no current, ...

  • #5 Sudbury River

    1 Reviews

    Concord, MA

    The Sudbury flows lazily through Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, making it easy to paddle both directions. Revel in the abundant birdlife. Interesting aquatic plants abound, as wel ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  Guide

    The Sudbury flows lazily through Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, making it easy to paddle both directions. Revel ...

  • #6 Connecticut River: Pauchaug Boat Ramp to Riverview Picnic Area

    1 Reviews

    Northfield, MA

    If you like mysteries and stories of ghosts and phantom ships, this is the trip for you. But, of course, there is more to look forward to than spectral delights. The journey from Pauchaug Meadow ...
    •  Day use, camping available
    •  8.5 miles
    •  Guide

    If you like mysteries and stories of ghosts and phantom ships, this is the trip for you. But, of course, there is more to ...

  • #7 Nashua River and Pepperell Pond

    1 Reviews

    Groton, MA

    We include two sections of the Nashua River, with this, the northern one, backed up behind a dam in Pepperell. The numerous channels and coves provide hours of paddling and habitat for numerous ...
    •  6 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    We include two sections of the Nashua River, with this, the northern one, backed up behind a dam in Pepperell. The numerous ...

  • #8 Nashua River and Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge

    1 Reviews

    Harvard, MA

    This protected section of river is a wonderful paddling resource, filled with ducks and other birdlife. Look for deer, muskrats, and painted and snapping turtles under the branches of silver ...
    •  7 hours round trip
    •  9.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This protected section of river is a wonderful paddling resource, filled with ducks and other birdlife. Look for deer, muskrats, ...

  • #9 Stockbridge Bowl (Lake Mahkeenac)

    0 Reviews

    Stockbridge, MA

    Henry David Thoreau knew the value of a pond. While he lived at Walden Pond, Thoreau found many ways of enjoying the lake’s various charms. During warm evenings, after darkness claimed the sky ...
    •  Day use
    •  4.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Henry David Thoreau knew the value of a pond. While he lived at Walden Pond, Thoreau found many ways of enjoying the lake’s ...

  • #10 Whitehall Reservoir

    1 Reviews

    Hopkinton, MA

    Whitehall Reservoir harbors several islands and protected bays, making it seem larger than it is. It takes half a day or more to explore all the various passageways surrounded by gorgeous forests. ...
    •  4 hours
    •  Guide

    Whitehall Reservoir harbors several islands and protected bays, making it seem larger than it is. It takes half a day or ...

  • #11 Quaboag Pond, Quaboag River, and East Brookfield River

    2 Reviews

    Brookfield, MA

    The rivers, connected by Quaboag Pond, are extraordinary paddling resources, passing through largely undisturbed habitat. Look for deer, beaver, muskrat, painted and stinkpot turtles, osprey, ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  Guide

    The rivers, connected by Quaboag Pond, are extraordinary paddling resources, passing through largely undisturbed habitat. ...

  • #12 Charles River

    0 Reviews

    Dover, MA

    The upper Charles River carves a narrow, undulating path through generally wooded shores, proffering up solitude and beauty. You should see muskrats and myriad bird species. If you’re quiet, ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  13.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The upper Charles River carves a narrow, undulating path through generally wooded shores, proffering up solitude and beauty. ...

  • #13 Nauset Marsh and Salt Pond Bay

    2 Reviews

    Eastham, MA

    Nauset Marsh provides hours of paddling through hundreds and of salt marsh acres. Shorebirds and other birds occur in profusion. Not many people paddle here, and it can be a bit tricky. Low ...
    •  4 hours or more
    •  Guide

    Nauset Marsh provides hours of paddling through hundreds and of salt marsh acres. Shorebirds and other birds occur in profusion. ...

  • #14 Goose Pond and Upper Goose Pond

    1 Reviews

    Lee, MA

    Time machines are things of fiction, but when you paddle Goose Pond and Upper Goose Pond it is easy to believe that these magic contraptions actually exist. Goose Pond is a handsome lake tastefully ...
    •  Day use, camping available
    •  5.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Time machines are things of fiction, but when you paddle Goose Pond and Upper Goose Pond it is easy to believe that these ...

  • #15 Pottapaug Pond and Quabbin Reservoir, North End

    2 Reviews

    Hardwick, MA

    Nestled among the hillsides of central Massachusetts,Pottapoag Pond presents a rare opportunity to paddle in stunning, pristine surroundings. Here and on the North End, hand-paddled craft have ...
    •  Day trip
    •  Guide

    Nestled among the hillsides of central Massachusetts,Pottapoag Pond presents a rare opportunity to paddle in stunning, pristine ...

  • #16 Ashland Reservoir

    1 Reviews

    Ashland, MA

    Ashland Reservoir offers a few hours of pleasant paddling along wooded shorelines over deep, clear water. The scenic shoreline harbors many tree species, with white pine and red oak in plentiful ...
    •  2 hours
    •  Guide

    Ashland Reservoir offers a few hours of pleasant paddling along wooded shorelines over deep, clear water. The scenic shoreline ...

  • #17 Ipswich River and Wenham Swamp

    1 Reviews

    Hamilton, MA

    The Wenham Swamp offers one of a few opportunities in Massachusetts for an on-site canoe and kayak camping trip. This pristine swamp is a favorite of bird-watchers.
    •  Day Trip
    •  Guide

    The Wenham Swamp offers one of a few opportunities in Massachusetts for an on-site canoe and kayak camping trip. This pristine ...

  • #18 Swift River

    1 Reviews

    Belchertown, MA

    The outlet of the Quabbin Reservoir, Swift River provides a wildlifefilled paddling experience. Look for muskrat, beaver, deer, wild turkey, ducks and geese, and songbirds galore.
    •  4 hours round trip
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The outlet of the Quabbin Reservoir, Swift River provides a wildlifefilled paddling experience. Look for muskrat, beaver, ...

  • #19 Bog Pond and Burnett Pond

    1 Reviews

    Savoy, MA

    These small mountain ponds are a great place to paddle when the surrounding valley floors suffer from summer heat. They lie within the Savoy Mountain State Forest, the best place to look for ...
    •  2 hours
    •  Guide

    These small mountain ponds are a great place to paddle when the surrounding valley floors suffer from summer heat. They ...

  • #20 Assabet River

    0 Reviews

    Maynard, MA

    This slow-flowing section of the Assabet River flows through an extensive marshland with inlets, islands, and multiple channels to explore. Look for typical wetland species, especially great ...
    •  6 hours round trip
    •  Guide

    This slow-flowing section of the Assabet River flows through an extensive marshland with inlets, islands, and multiple channels ...