Paddling Tours

Our tours are kept small so we maximize our enjoyment and minimize our impact on the environment. Prices include the use of our boats, paddles, and personal flotation devices. (You may use your own equipment if you prefer.) Our guides are naturalists as well as American Canoe Association certified instructors who are there to share their knowledge of the river and help you with your paddling, if needed.

Nashoba Paddler, LLC
PO Box 228
West Groton, MA 01472

Monthly Nature Tours

Full Moon

Full Moon Canoeing


MAY 21, 7:30 - 10:30PM
JUNE 18, 7:30 - 10:30PM
JULY 17, 7:30 - 10:30PM
AUG 19, 7:30 - 10:30PM
SEP 17, 6:30 - 9:30PM
OCT 15, 6:30 - 9:30PM

Set out by canoe at dusk and as darkness approaches, watch the moon rise, being on the lookout for owls, beaver, bats, and other night life. After some delicious refreshments, we'll return following the moon's ribbon of light.

Trip difficulty: Easy, flat-water, 5 miles roundtrip.
Cost: $40pp-canoes only. Refreshments included.


Nissitissit Moving Water

Nissitissit River Moving Water

MAY 7, 10AM- 2PM

Spring is the time to paddle the lovely Nissitissit River as its current carries you through beautiful forests and marshes. Have fun as you maneuver your boat to navigate the meanders and take in the beauty of this very special pristine river.

Trip difficulty: Intermediate, moving water, 6 miles downstream.
Cost: $45pp-canoe, $65pp-kayak.


Evening Paddle on Squannacook

Paddling with Beavers

JUNE 4, 6-9PM

Paddling past beaver lodges, we are often startled by a loud tail-slap and splash. As we enjoy a riverside dinner break, we are sometimes joined by a beaver swimming back and forth in front of us, going about his business.

Trip difficulty: Easy, flat-water, 4 miles roundtrip
Cost: $35pp-canoe, $55pp-kayak (Box dinner available for an additional cost or pack your own)


Paddling with Turtles

Family Paddling with Turtles

JULY 16, 10AM-1PM

Enjoy a special guided trip up the river and into a pond area filled with painted turtles and a couple of elusive snappers. We'll spend some time exploring and learning about these creatures and then stop for lunch before heading back.

Trip difficulty: Easy, flat water, 3 miles roundtrip.
Cost: $65 per canoe- canoes only. (Box lunch available for an additional cost or pack your own)


Fall Foliage

Bertozzi Wildlife Management Area Paddle

AUG 6, 10AM-2PM

Enjoy the adventure of paddling a narrow, meandering section of the Squannacook River ending just below a small set of rapids. We'll stop to explore, have some lunch, and take a quick dip in the river before heading back.

Trip difficulty: Easy/moderate, flat water with some maneuvering required, 4 miles roundtrip.
Cost: $45pp-canoe, $65pp-kayak (Box lunch available for an additional cost or pack your own)


Fall Foliage

Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge Paddle

SEPT 3, 10AM-2PM

This national wildlife refuge was set aside to conserve and protect native wildlife habitats and species. A downstream paddle will give us the chance to explore the river and learn about this refuge, taking a lunch break along the way.

Trip difficulty: Easy, flat water, 5 miles downstream.
Cost: $45pp-canoe, $65pp-kayak (Box lunch available for an additional cost or pack your own)


Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage Paddle

OCT 8, 11AM-2PM

Reflections of autumn foliage enhance the special beauty of this river. We will paddle along its narrow, meandering channel into areas of lily ponds and woodlands and stop for a scenic picnic along the way.

Trip difficulty: Easy, flat-water, 3 miles roundtrip.
Cost: $35pp-canoe, $55pp-kayak. (Box lunch available for an additional cost or pack your own)


Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties

Guided Parties

Options for any age! Guided parties include 2 hours of paddling and activities with a break for cupcakes. Choose from our theme party options and one of our fun-loving guides will lead your group on a memorable birthday adventure!

Cost: $22/person-canoe (3 people per boat), $52/person-solo kayaks
Minimum of 8 people, maximum 24 people (including adults)

Locally baked birthday cupcakes are included!

Pick from one of our paddling party themes!

  • River Scavenger Hunt
  • Nature Arts and Crafts
  • Paddling Games
  • Relaxing Scenic Paddle

Self Guided Parties

If you prefer to go out on the water without a guide, your party can rent boats and enjoy a beautiful day out on the river! Check out some of our group rental options to get some ideas! (10% discount on rentals with 6 boats or more)


Custom Guided Tours

Families, friends, companies, clubs, groups, youth groups! If you have at least 5 boats, we'll arrange a special guided tour for you on the Nashua or Squannacook Rivers. Choose from one of the nature tours listed above or we'll customize something for your group. Call us for details!

We have some interesting group rental options if you prefer to head out on your own.

Boutwell Friends Private Turtle Tour

(by invitation only)

Boutwell Friends PRIVATE Turtle Tour