Canoe, Kayak & Paddle Board Rentals
Located on the Merrimack River in Concord NH, Quickwater offers canoe, kayak and SUP rentals Wednesday through Sunday mid May through Labor Day for individuals, families and group outings. We have canoes, single kayaks, tandem kayaks and paddle boards while we provide an array of self guided trips and services. You can take advantage of our landing based rentals by the hour, or our transportation services upstream for a day or weekend trip. We also offer rent and carry programs so you can take your rental with you. Reservations are required for all rentals and rentals include parking and transportation upstream. Please contact Quickwater for more info
Self Guided Trips
All trips begin at Quickwater Canoe & Kayak. Shuttles run every hour between 10 am – 1 pm. Begin your trip at our shop where you register and sign release waivers, then we transport you upstream to the trip of your choice. You then return to our location at the end of your trip. Your rentals include kayak, paddle, pdf and transportation. We request that you arrive 30 minutes prior to your reservation for registration. RENTALS MUST BE RETURNED BY 4PM. For faster check-in, download our Release Waiver and complete it before arriving.
5-mile Trip. Welch Park in Boscawen to Quickwater (2-3 hours)
Welch Park to Quickwater is a leisurely paddle taking approximately 2-3 hours. Beaches are abundant on this trip so there are many places for paddlers to stop, eat lunch, play frisbee or work on their tan and enjoy the afternoon. There is great fishing and a fair amount of bald eagle activity in this area so bring your binoculars and camera to take home some memories of your trip. Take-out is at our landing found on the left side of the river at the Routes 3/4 bridge that run into Penacook / Boscawen.
10-mile Trip. Merrimack County Nursing Home Launch to Quickwater (3-4 hours)
This trip is very popular for those looking to spend a day on the water. More scenic and rustic the 10-mile trip feels remote without being remote. There is abundant wildlife and great fishing and swimming. You’ll encounter a few rope swings in this section. While there are fewer beaches on the first half of this trip, its a great way to start the day as you eventually find the beaches five miles down river. The half way mark of this trip is the old bridge pilings from the Canterbury / Boscawen bridge that was dismanteld in 2014. Once past this section you find plenty of beaches to enjoy the rest of the day with. So plan on paddling in the morning and relaxing in the afternoon on the beaches in the lower section of our trips.
15-mile Trip. Franklin High School to Quickwater (6+ hours)
A trip for the adventurous or those looking to kayak or canoe camp for the night. The Merrimack River begins here behind the High School where the Winnipesaukee and Pemigewassett rivers meet. Within the first 1.5 miles there are 4 short sets of Class I rapids that are easy to maneuver through making for an exciting trip. This part of the trip is the most remote feeling of the three trips we offer. You’ll meander through farmland that is very scenic, offering a beautiful journey of peace and tranquility found so close to home. There is a fair amount of bird activity in this section such as Great Blue Herons, Egrets, Hawks and Bald Eagles and great fishing. Species include bass, trout, salmon and catfish. There are no beaches but there are places to stop along the way and stretch as needed.
Group Rentals & Events
We welcome groups of any sizes for family outings, youth camps, corporate outings, team building or leadership training. We can accommodate groups of up to 50 people. Groups can spend a day on the river and plan a picnic lunch at our place after your outing. We have 6 acres of farm land to make your day a special event with horse shoe pits or a large field for frisbee, wiffle ball or whatever you like to play. So come spend your summer outing with us. Call us for full details. 603-753-0025.
Reservations are required for all rentals or on a first come / first serve basis. We encourage you to reserve a few days ahead of your desired date as our rentals fill up quickly. We welcome reservations by phone or email, so why wait until tomorrow when you can RESERVE TODAY. Just make sure to tell us the type of rental you prefer, how many in your party, and what time you would like to hit the river, and we’ll confirm your reservation by email. For further information on our services, please read below.
Business Program Rentals
We offer Summer & Winter Business to Business rental programs for SUP Yoga Instructors, Fitness Coaches, Health Clubs, Schools, Recreation Camps, Summer Camps & Youth Groups that are looking to offer additional programs for their participants. We structure a simple program suitable for each organizations needs including duration of use. Delivery and pickup of rentals can be arranged. Please Email Us for more information.
Put-In and Take Out
We offer put-in and take-outs at our landing for anyone wanting to hit the river while parking their car in a safe place that will give them peace of mind. We charge $5 per kayak, canoe, sup, tube or raft. You must check-in at the office to register.