Merrimack River Canoe & Kayak Rentals

Merrimack River | Concord, New Hampshire

Are you looking for a fun relaxing activity? If you answered “yes”, how about a leisurely paddle along a beautiful river where there is an abundance of beaches where you can swim, picnic or just lie in the sun. If this sounds relaxing and fun the Merrimack River is for you.

Students Kayaking

Come spend the day relaxing on the river either in a rented kayak or canoe. We are equipped with 12’ single recreational kayaks, 14’-6” single light touring kayaks and double (tandem) kayaks. If you prefer canoeing we have 15’ and 17’ canoes to rent. If stand up paddling boarding is what you are looking for we have 10' to 12' paddle boards to rent. 

Short Trip

5 miles, 2-3 hours, starting in Boscawen Village | This is a great trip for beginners, families with small children or any one who wants to squeeze some enjoyment into a busy weekend. Enjoy swimming, sunning, picnicking and playing on the many sandy beaches and bluffs.

Long Trip

10 miles, 3 to 5 hours, starting in upper Boscawen | Spend a leisurely day paddling, swimming and relaxing on the many beaches and bluffs. Enjoy the abundant wildlife, osprey, bald eagles and blue heron among other beautiful creatures that make their home along the Merrimack River.

Both trips begin with a transport upriver from our shop, Contoocook River Canoe Co. located on the Contoocook River. The ending point of either trip is at a boat ramp located where the Contoocook River empties into the Merrimack River. Every 15 to 30 minutes we run a shuttle van to the boat ramp and bring paddlers back to our shop where your vehicle is parked.


Reservations are highly recommended to ensure availability. They are required for large groups. Reservations can be made by calling the shop at (603) 753-9804. You must arrive 45 minutes before departure. RESERVATIONS CANNOT BE MADE BY EMAIL.

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What should you bring?

  • Water (2 quarts)
  • Bathing suit& Towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Lunch
  • Trash bag
  • Extra change of clothes
  • River shoes, sandals or an old pair of shoes
  • Dry bag to keep items dry
  • Camera

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School Trips & Youth Outings
Contoocook River Canoe Co. LLC specializes in outfitting larger groups. We offer a 10% discount when (5) or more canoes and kayaks are rented. School trips, summer day camps, youth and church groups, scout troops, chem.-free outings – we welcome. 

Company and Group Outings:
Tired of the traditional indoor family or office functions? Need to boost the moral of your employees? If the answer is yes than drop the functions and have a family, alumni or office outing on the Merrimack River that everyone will rave about. Large groups and company outings are easily accommodated five days a week. We offer a 10% discount when (5) or more canoes and kayaks are rented. Call to inquire about renting space for “after-paddling” barbecuing and picnicking.

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Safety & Liability

There are inherent risks in a trip on the river. Because of this, Contoocook River Canoe Co. LLC does not assume responsibility for the injury, death or loss of property. You will be required to watch a safety video and sign a liability release form before running the river. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent’s or guardian’s signature. Any one under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  • No alcohol allowed.
  • Life jackets must be worn.

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June 1st to September 1st (call to confirm beginning of season)
MERRIMACK RIVER ONLY. We have rentals on the Contoocook River in September.

Saturday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

To rent kayaks and canoes Wednesdays – Fridays, see Contoocook River Canoe Rentals.


(General Public) For the Merrimack River Only


10:00am – 10 mile trip
11:00am – 5 mile trip


10:00am – 10 mile trip
11:00am – 5 mile trip

If you are a school, church, company, camp, or large family group we are able to schedule shuttle times that work with your schedule including Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.


Rentals include shuttle, life jacket and paddle or paddles 

Shuttle service with rented canoe - $40.00

Shuttle service with rented (2) person kayak - $40.00

Shuttle service with rented (1) person 12’ recreational kayak - $35.00

Shuttle service with rented (1) person 14’-6” light touring kayak -

Shuttle service for your own kayak or canoe. Includes 1 paddler for a single kayak or 2 paddlers for a double kayak or canoe. $12.00    (add $5 for each add'l paddler in a canoe.)

Service was outstanding!
— Anne L. from Manchester, NH

What We've Achieved

  • 17 Successful Seasons
  • Thousands of rentals and sales
  • Introduced families, groups and individuals to paddling
  • 2008 New England Most Improved Dealer - Johnson Outdoors
  • Yankee Magazine 2006 Editor's Choice
  • Featured on WMUR NH Chronicle
  • 2009 New England Specialty Dealer of the Year - Johnson Outdoors
  • Dealer Advisory Council - Confluence Watersports

9 Horse Hill Road, Concord, NH 03303 | 603-753-9804 |