Paddlers on the Squannacook River – Photo by Nancy Ohringer

Paddling the Nashua River and its Tributaries

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Canoers and kayakers alike will find many fascinating places to explore in the Nashua River watershed. The Nashua River and its tributaries present opportunties for many different types of paddling.  Impounded areas upstream of dams are generally good for flatwater trips, more appropriate for beginners or those with basic paddling skills.  Free flowing river segments below the dams require more experience and skill managing a canoe or kayak.  Of course, river conditions are ever changing; for instance, faster water will occur during spring runoff or periods of heavy rain. Always be sure to assess your and your group's level of paddling skill, pay attention to weather and current water conditions, familiarize yourself with the river segment you intend to paddle, and be sure everyone wears a lifejacket/personal flotation device (PFD).  

Our new Nashua River Canoe and Kayak Guide provides detailed information on the Nashua, Nissitissit, Squannacook, North Nashua, and Stillwater Rivers including information on canoe put-ins and take-outs, river hazards like dams and rapids, portages, and mile-by-mile notes for all paddleable segments. For more details about the Guide. This site is intended to provide additional information that paddlers might find interesting and useful in planning their trips.

020 Recreation Paddling on the Nissitissit Spring 2010 by Looking to rent a canoe, kayak, or standup paddleboard? Nashoba Paddler in West Groton, Massachusetts rents boats and other equipment for your adventure.

If you’re looking for a guided river educational experience for a school or youth group, consider Nashua River Watershed Association's River Classroom® program.

Pack a picnic, bring your binoculars, and see our landscape from a new vantage point. Please come back to our site and share your paddling story and photos-- tell us what you saw along the river and let other paddlers know where they might enjoy a fun river trip-- by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Partial funding for this webpage was provided by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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