Boston Harbor Kayak Rentals from
our Cambridge Location
Ever wanted to kayak on Boston Harbor? Experienced paddlers can now rent from our location in Kendall Square, Cambridge
, and venture
out onto Boston Harbor! And best of all, this unprecedented opportunity is now T-accessible via the Red Line.
Paddlers with appropriate skills and equipment (see right for details) are welcome to paddle through the locks and onto Boston Harbor. Rent by the hour according to our regular rental rates
, or — if you're camping on the Harbor Islands
— rent by the day according to our off-site rental rates
Reservations are required, unless you have a season pass and have previously been approved for a harbor rental this year. To reserve, please call (617) 965-5110.
Reservations Are Required for Harbor Rentals
Call (617) 965-5110 to Reserve
Prepare for Ocean Conditions
Paddlers should be prepared to paddle in an ocean environment, which includes the potential for high winds; steep, short-period waves; fast-moving and potentially heavy boat traffic; large boat wakes; fog or reduced visibility; and lightning. The potential for more challenging conditions increases dramatically beyond Fort Independence (Castle Island), and paddlers should be prepared for large waves and currents in excess of 2 knots.
You Are Relying on Your Rescue Skills
The options for a capsized paddler looking to go ashore in the Inner Harbor (inland from Fort Independence) are few and far between,
so paddlers must rely on their ability to perform a rescue (which means a self-rescue for solo paddlers). We cannot over-emphasize the need for reliable rescues!
Boat Traffic Is Fast and Furious
Perhaps the biggest concern of paddling in Boston Harbor is boat traffic. You will encounter all types of craft in the harbor, from small powerboats to supertankers of unfathomable size. Many are fast, and some, like the Provincetown Ferry, travel at highway speeds! Moreover, the larger the vessel, the longer it takes to slow down — for instance, a tanker can take a half-mile or more to stop. You need to pay attention to the traffic around you (including behind you), paddle close to shore when possible, and yield to bigger boats. Learn more by reading Big Ships, Little Boats