Canoe Rentals at Wachusett Meadow

Canoeing at Wachusett Meadow

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Location & Directions

Canoes are available for rental May 1 through October 31 on a first-come, first-served basis. Canoes cannot be reserved; but you may call ahead to check on availability. Paddles and PFDs are provided—personally owned equipment is not permitted.


Minimum rental is one hour.

  • Mass Audubon Members: $10/hour
  • Nonmembers: $14/hour

Rental Hours

Canoe rentals are available May 1–October 31.

Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 am–12:30 pm
Canoes must be returned by 1:30 pm

Saturday, 10:00 am–2:30 pm
Canoes must be returned by 3:30 pm

Sundays & Monday holidays, 12:30 pm–2:30 pm
Canoes must be returned by 3:30 pm

Rules & Restrictions

  • Canoes may be rented only for use on Wachusett Meadow’s Wildlife Pond.
  • Personally owned canoes or other watercraft are not permitted on any sanctuary pond or wetland.
  • At least one 18 year old participant with signed rental form is required for each canoe rental; canoes can accommodate up to 3 people.
  • Personal flotation devices (PFDs) must be worn at all times while in Mass Audubon canoes.
  • For the safety of all participants and the protection of wildlife and habitat, posted regulations are strictly enforced.