Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
Kayak and canoe ramp with bench at Brewster's Woods

New Kayak Landing Now Open at Brewster's Woods

Press Release
July 01, 2024

CONCORD—Mass Audubon, the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England, has opened a new kayak and canoe landing at Mass Audubon’s Brewster’s Woods Wildlife Sanctuary that expands the ability of visitors to appreciate nature and explore the outdoors.

The newest stop on the “river trail” allows boaters to pull up to the sanctuary, store their boats, and enjoy a walk on the property. Two miles of trails can be accessed from the landing, allowing visitors to explore this historic site that was once the home of William Brewster, a noted ornithologist and Mass Audubon’s first president. Numerous wildlife viewing spots can be found throughout a diversity of field, forest, and wetland habitats along the river.

Funding for the landing was provided by the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Council through the National Park Service. The River Stewardship Council is currently hosting its annual summer celebration of conservation and recreation along the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers, with RiverFest programming planned at Brewster’s Woods and many other locations throughout the region.

"We are grateful to the River Stewardship Council for its generous donation, which has made the construction of the new kayak landing at Brewster's Woods Wildlife Sanctuary possible," said Renata Pomponi, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at Mass Audubon. "At a time when nature is under the threats of climate change and the loss of biodiversity, this support underscores the importance of collaboration in preserving our wild space and providing meaningful outdoor experiences for all."

The installation of the new kayak landing represents another milestone in Mass Audubon's opening of the 130-acre Brewster’s Woods property to the public. A parking area and an All Persons Trail—Mass Audubon’s 17th across the state—were opened earlier this year to allow visitors of all abilities to have access to the sanctuary.

A canoe/kayak rack is available for temporary boat storage while on the property. Boaters should note that this is most suited as a river access point, as the portage distance from the Brewster’s Woods parking lot to the landing is 0.7 miles.

Trail maps and a self-guided walking tour can be found at massaudubon.org/brewsterswoods. Guides to the river trail and other stops along the Concord River can be found at oars3rivers.org/.

About Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 160,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at massaudubon.org.

Media Contact:
Access to Nature
Get Outdoors
Brewster's Woods