Rafting The Concord River in Massachusetts
Come join us for early spring whitewater rafting on the Concord River, just 30 minutes north of Boston, Massachusetts. This urban whitewater gem plunges over three major class III-IV rapids - Twisted Sister, Three Beauties, and Middlesex Dam. When the water level is right, Three Beauties becomes an intensely fun surfing hole. Surfing involves paddling upstream into a wave or hole with the goal to fill the boat with water, splash the entire crew, or maybe even have the boat stand on end. We run this section twice on each Concord River rafting trip. We welcome adventurous rafters 14 and older.
Your Concord River rafting trip concludes with passage through an 1850's lock chamber that brings you right into the center of Lowell, Massachusetts. A portion of the proceeds from this trip benefit the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust, working to preserve greenspace in the city of Lowell.
One person rafts FREE for every 12 paying guests!
The Concord River rafting trip is a SPRING TRIP ONLY. For 2014, we will be offering this trip on weekends from April 5th through May 18th. Additional trips are available for groups of 12 or more on Friday afternoons and Monday mornings. Please call the office for more details.
The Concord is the closest whitewater rafting river to Boston. If you plan on taking the commuter train into Lowell, we recommend making a Saturday 1pm reservation because of the limitations of the bus schedule. Otherwise, please plan on taking a taxi from the Lowell commuter rail station (LRTA/Gallagher terminal).
A Typical Day
The Concord River trip is an urban whitewater gem that plunges over three major class III-IV rapids - Twisted Sister, Three Beauties, and Middlesex Dam. We run this section twice on each Concord River rafting trip. Your trip concludes with passage through an 1850s lock chamber that brings you right into the center of Lowell, Massachusetts.
We meet at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, located at 50 Warren Street in Lowell, MA about half an hour north of Boston. Directions to the Hotel are below. There is parking available at the Lower Locks Garage next to the hotel.
Morning trips depart at 9:00 am; afternoon trips depart at 1:00 pm. Plan to arrive for your trip no later than 15 minutes prior to its scheduled departure. Please note that upon arrival you will be asked to sign liability waivers. For youth groups, these forms must be signed in advance by a parent or legal guardian. Our minimum age is 14 years old.
What To Wear
You should bring the following with you for your trip. Expect everything you bring on the raft to get wet. We recommend you leave all valuables locked in your vehicle. We provide a farmer john wetsuit, neoprene booties and a sprayjacket at no extra charge on Concord River rafting trips, so the following clothing items are to be worn in conjunction with the wetsuit for added warmth.
- Wool or fleece sweater
- Bathing suit and/or shorts.
- Running tights or other synthetic tights to wear on your legs under the wetsuit if it's especially cold.
- Wool or synthetic socks
You should also bring:
- A change of clothes and a towel for after the trip!
- Extra money for T-shirts, photos, snacks, coin-op showers, etc...
- Required medications
- Sun screen and sun glasses (strap for sun glasses)
Cotton Clothing such as blue jeans, sweatshirts, or t-shirts, is not appropriate for rafting since cotton keeps you cold when it gets wet. Wool, nylon, or polypropylene clothing are ideal. These materials will wick the water away from your skin and will keep you warm when it's wet.
We provide paddles, helmets and life jackets. We must insist that you wear our life jackets; no substitutions will be allowed.
WHERE TO MEET
We meet at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren Street, Lowell, MA 01852. The phone number for the hotel is 978-452-1200.
From Route 3 North take exit 30N to the Lowell Connector.
From Route 3 South take exit 30A to the Lowell Connector.
From Route 495 North/South take exit 35C to the Lowell Connector.
At the end of the Lowell Connector, take a left onto Gorham Street. Go through three sets of lights, take a right onto Church Street. Take the next left onto George Street. The hotel will be in front of you. Parking is available at the Lower Locks Garage. We will have a suite at the hotel for check-in.
If you're taking the commuter into Lowell, we recommend making a Saturday 1pm reservation, because of the limitations of the bus schedule. Otherwise, please plan on taking a taxi from the Lowell commuter rail station (LRTA/Gallagher terminal).
To catch the bus for the Inn and Conference Center, take the 11:50am or 12:30pm "Downtown Circulator" bus (from bay #B-1 outside) and get off at the Lowell District Court stop.
To get back to the commuter rail station, take the 3:30, 4:10 or 4:50 bus, which has various nearby pick up locations (see route: http://www.lrta.com/Route9.pdf).
Bus route (by DoubleTree) - "Downtown Circulator" - pick up at Bus bay #B-1 at the LRTA station http://www.lrta.com/Route9.pdf
Bus Schedule: http://lrta.com/LRTA%20Schedule%20107%20Side%202.jpg