Boating in the Berkshires, MA

Boating in the Berkshires

Whether you’re looking for a serene paddle or an adrenaline-fueled ride, the Berkshires offer an inspiring aquatic experience. Sparkling lakes and meandering rivers framed by picturesque mountains and wooded landscapes will provide the nature-immersed escape you’re craving.

  • Public Land
  • Private Land
  • Bus Route
  • Trail
  • Major Trail

What to know before you go

Need a rental? Check our Resources page for information about where to buy or rent boating equipment.

Time to register a boat, or to renew? visit to start the process or to request a duplicate decal, registration, or title.

Keep it clean! Many Berkshire lakes and rivers require watercraft to be decontaminated before launch, and a Clean Boat Certification Form left on your dashboard. Access the form and learn more HERE.

Have your jacket? Massachusetts requires ALL boaters under 12 to wear a life preserver, along with all personal watercraft users and waterskiers. Canoeists and kayakers must wear lifejackets between September 15 - May 15, regardless of age. View a summary of MA boating laws at

Please visit our SAFETY TIPS page before heading out to enjoy the Berkshires!

Clubs, Retail & Rentals

Looking to meet up with others for team sports or group activities? Check out our list of clubs and leagues in the Berkshires. We also link to an array of outdoor recreation resources: retail shops for gear, rental facilities for equipment, and guides to get you where you want to go! Our list of summer camps will help you plan an overnight or day camp adventure for your young ones.