Andy's Kayak Rental
We are closed for the season! It was a wonderful year. See you next spring/summer. If you'd like to get an email when we open, please email us at
We offer individual kayak rental at various times each week, usually Tuesday 6pm, Thursday 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm, based on weather, and how many reservations we receive.
If there are no reservations, we will not open. Click the "See Times" button below for availability.
Making a reservation is free. Payment is taken when you arrive.
Groups of 4 or more may kayak (almost) any time. Call or email us one day in advance 413-736-1322 or to make a special group reservation.
See available reservation times below:
Walk-ups (no reservation) allowed, but a reservation is preferred.
Request Another Time
If you would like to rent kayaks for a group of 4 or more at another time, please contact us for pricing and availability. Be sure to mention what your preferred time and day would be!
Andy's Kayak Rental FAQs
Where can I park my car or bike?
North Riverfront Park at 121 West Street, Springfield MA 01104 is a Springfield public park. There is no entry fee, and there is limited, free, car parking on site, and a bike rack by the Gazebo. Please do not leave valuables in plain sight in your car. The Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club is not responsible for your personal property while you are visiting the park. The Park is located on the Connecticut Riverwalk bike path. If you park next door at the Pride Station or in the vacant lot between the park and Pride, you may be towed.
What should I wear and bring with me for kayaking?
Pre-payment of one hour rental and an ID that you leave with our staff will be required when checking in. Kayaking is a water sport, so you should expect to get wet. We recommend a swimsuit or shorts you don't mind getting wet, a non-cotton shirt to wear under your life jacket (we provide), and water shoes or old sneakers that can get wet. A hat, sunglasses, water bottle, sunscreen, and towel are recommended. If you plan to bring your cell phone for picture taking, emergencies, etc., a waterproof cellphone holder with a string to attach to your life jacket is recommended. Feel free to bring your fishing pole and tackle! Do not bring your purse/wallet or anything you don't want to get wet - try to leave those things locked in the trunk of your car. A storage cubby may be available for leaving some personal items by the boathouse.
What are the costs and forms of payment?
There is a one-hour minimum. Adults pay $20 per hour for a one-person kayak rental. Youth age 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult who is responsible for them and their safety, and pay $10 per hour, payable in advance. We will keep a photo ID of one of the renters in your party, and all must sign a waiver. Waivers are available in English and Spanish. Payment is preferred by credit or debit card, but cash is also accepted. If you have a group larger than 4 people and would like to arrange for a kayak outing outside of our normal hours (Sat and Sun 8am - 12p) please email us at email@example.com with your requested dates and we will provide you with a price and availability.
Why is it called Andy's Kayak Rental?
In short, in memory of a friend.
How is Covid-19 affecting kayaking?
Everyone is asked to be positive, patient, and respectful of the rules, which are constantly changing. Working together, we can make it through this pandemic.
Where can I go with the kayak?
You'll be kayaking on the Connecticut River which has a current. When you launch you will go upstream, to the right, under the bridge first. This way you can judge how strong you are versus the current. Upstream less than a mile is the bald eagle's nest. Downstream just over a mile is Riverfront Park. The boathouse phone number (413-736-1322) is written on your kayak on a bright orange sticker. If you are running late, or in trouble, please call us when it is safe to do so.
Top 10 Safety Rules you must know:
1. Alcohol and drug use is not allowed while on the water.
What age can kayak?
Age 12-14 must be accompanied by an adult on the water. Age 15-17 may paddle their own kayak, but an 18-year old responsible for their safety must sign the waiver. Age 18 and above are welcome to paddle with a signed waiver. Due to restrictions imposed by our insurance provider, we cannot accommodate kayakers under age 12.
Do you have any 2-person kayaks?
Yes, we have one! You can request it when you make your reservation here:
I have my own kayak. Is there a charge to launch?
You may launch your personal kayak from our location at no charge. The park is generally open dawn to dusk. You may park on the "lower road" near the water, but please park in a painted parking space only. The boathouse is open very limited hours. We suggest you lock valuables in your trunk. If you wish to store your kayak at the park, you may do so for a fee, and you'd need to bring a lock to secure your kayak. There is no secure paddle storage.
Do you accept special groups? How big?
Yes, we have 13 kayaks and can take your special group at almost any time of the day. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. We'll give you a quote and discuss what options you'd like to include. Special groups arrangmenents can be made for four to 13 people.
When are you open?
We are open for kayak rental at these times: Tue 6pm, Thu 6pm, Sat 10-6, Sun 10-6 by reservation only. Please sign up using the link above. If these times don't work for you, please contact us with your request. For a group of 4 or more, we will find a time that works!