Kayak & Paddling Rentals

Community Boating offers an opportunity to view the great city of Boston from an angle rarely seen. Rent a kayak and explore the Charles River Basin and Frederick Law Olmstead esplanade lagoon system while enjoying breathtaking views of historic Back Bay, Beacon Hill, MIT, and the Zakim and Longfellow bridges. This is a can’t miss experience for both out of town visitors and longtime residents alike.

Two-hour kayak (single or tandem) and stand-up-paddle-boards rentals are available for $32 per person plus taxes and fees.

Note that membership includes Kayaks and SUPs at no cost (not including Wicked Basic Sailing Pass). Please review our members’ guest policy if you are planning to take non-member guests paddling with you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Important COVID 19 Info
  • Paddlers must feel comfortable getting on and off equipment without assistance.
  • Masks must be worn on the dock at all times.
  • Practice social distancing on the dock, as well as on and off the water.
  • Day lockers are available for use, although you must provide a lock. Locks may be purchased in the Front Office for $5.
  • All items you bring, including cell phones, bags, and shoes, must be stored in a day locker or brought out on the water; we are unable to store any possessions for you.
  • ALL equipment will be santized between paddlers and at the end of everyday.
  • See below table for children under 18 paddling:
Age Restrictions
Age 9 and Below Must be 40 inches tall and in a double kayak with their parent or guardian at all times.t
Ages 10-15 Must be 40 inches tall and accompanied by a parent or guardian who is on the water providing direct supervision at all times. Kids may kayak in a separate kayak than their parents.
What kind of kayaks are available?

Our kayaks are sit-on-top kayaks. You will get wet.

Do I need to bring my own life jacket?

Lifejackets are provided and must be worn at all times.

Where can I paddle?

Paddling is limited to the basin between the Mass Ave. bridge and the Longfellow bridge, as well as the lagoon system between the esplanade and the small islands.

Can I bring food and drink out on the river?

Food and drink is welcome on all of our boats. However, we do ask that you clean up after yourself. The consumption of alcoholic beverages on CBI property or boats is not allowed.

What about bad weather?

Our dockmaster-on-duty may set additional restrictions for watercraft based on the weather conditions, powerboat boat traffic, special events, incidents, etc. This may include a restricted paddling area or a suspension of rentals.