South Bridge Boat House

We are a family owned business located in Concord Ma. After meeting and living in Concord our owners Shirley and the late George Rohan decided to buy the South Bridge Boat House. Since 1946 the Rohan’s have been renting canoes and kayaks on the Sudbury river. 

Contact Information

496 Main St. Concord, MA 01742

Phone: 978-369-9438


Tong Y.   August 29, 2021
The wife and I wanted to get some canoeing in and enjoy the outdoors and this was a great place to do it! It wasn't too far from Boston and tucked into a...
Steven Y.   August 17, 2021
Great afternoon yesterday - CJ was extremely helpful and patient on the dock; my daughter was very anxious about getting in and out of the canoe, and he took the time to make her feel comfortable. Rates are very reasonable - $20/hour for 2-person canoe, cash only - and they do partial hours too, which works out well if you have small kids who can't last a full 2 or 3 hours. River views are beautiful, too. We saw lots of turtles, herons, a muskrat and other wildlife. Highly recommend.
Vanessa Deckard   August 9, 2021
My husband and I come here on the regular! It’s the perfect relaxing weekend activity. Pack you a lunch and set off towards the north bridge for some beautiful views and take in the wildlife! The kayaks and canoes are well kept and they make the process quick and simple so you get right on the water. Cash only!
Alicia P.   July 15, 2021
I love this place! I come here a few times a month and it's always the best experience. From the guys who work there *August is a fav* they are always...
Jake Riker   July 11, 2021
I must say that this is the best customer service I have had in a long time. I was instantly greeted, wrote my name down on a slip, and was on the water in less the 3 minutes. Also the prices are great, and the history behind the building is even cooler. I heard Henry David Thoreau built the cabin, go and ask an amazing worker!
Dan Brosgol   July 9, 2021
Spectacular and easy--- took my daughter out on a perfect summer afternoon and got in a kayak in less than 3 minutes. Cash-only but very easy and great service. $20/hr for canoe or two-person kayak, $15 for single. Will definitely be back again.
AnaSofia   June 20, 2021
We had a blast! We took our toddler daughter and had to pause halfway for mom and tiny person to get out, but dad got to enjoy the rest of the scenery. It was a great little summer adventure. The young men that work there were super thoughtful, gave great recommendations and kept checking up on my daughter and I while we waited for dad. We’ll be back this summer!
William G.   June 17, 2021
I really enjoyed Canoeing here, the concord river is huge so we canoed for 3+ hours but only covered a fraction of the river. The boat house has double...
Emma W   June 4, 2021
Dave is an amazing business owner. He is so kind and caring. This is my most favorite place to kayak because of the location, the scenery, the price, and Dave!
Mia Schon   May 24, 2021
We had the best time here. It was simple to rent a kayak and there was no wait or huge crowds. You can park right across the street. Beautiful views!
Diana L   May 22, 2021
My brother snapped his oar in half (lol) because it had been cracking a bit and they didn’t charge us for the rental due to this. It was really nice of them and they totally didn’t have to do that. Just said “come back again and paddle with us”. These guys totally rule.
Mari Hernandez   May 2, 2021
First time going here and it was such an amazing experience. The staff was great and very helpful! Very professional as well! Highly recommend and will come back again!!!
Cam Wilson   April 30, 2021
David the owner is a super kind and generous guy. He let my friends and me take out a canine and fish and didn’t charge us because of the wind. He was extremely helpful, and very knowledgeable about the local river and fish population. We had a nice conversation after coming back on the boat. He has lived in concord his whole life, and I feel very comfortable supporting this local small business. They have canoes, kayaks, and other boats available. Great place to spend an afternoon and super easy to find and park. Support this business this summer. Will be back as often as possible.
Dave Ekrem   November 11, 2020
Great place to rent a canoe or kayak and paddle or row the Concord River, which is so slow at this point that the current is barely discernible. It's about a half hour down to Old North Bridge. They do not have a public bathroom during the pandemic though.
P Burdette   October 22, 2020
Rented kayaks. Staff helped to push us off and pull us back onto shore. River was quiet.
zweli Miller   September 17, 2020
So beautiful. And nice people
Mahesh Shanmugam   September 6, 2020
Nice stream for kayaking in concord.
Katie P.   August 20, 2020
David was great. He provided us with maps of the river, advised us on some hidden gems and shallow areas to watch out for, and was generally speaking just a...
Quent Bruso   August 1, 2020
The kids that wait on you here are great! Very courteous and helpful! Lots of boats available for rent. Beautiful scenery around and up the river. The water itself is another matter. You have to be very careful of rocks and things. It's also very "mucky" but this all could be because it seems like the water is very low right now. Not sure if that's a seasonal issue or just because we're fairly dry at the moment (this was our first time on this river).
Tom B   July 26, 2020
Perfect place to go for a day out in a canoe, kayak or paddle board. Dave the owner is very knowledgeable and runs a great operation. We paddled to the old north bridge,stopped for a picnic and saw a lot of wildlife along the way. Turtles of all varieties dotted the logs and rocks along the shore line and blue heron were fishing for dinner on every corner. $20 per hour for a two person canoe with $60 max for the entire day. My recommendations if you go are to pack a nice picnic and definitely bring your fishing gear - Fish were jumping everywhere.
Mike M.   July 26, 2020
Staff are great! River is beautiful. Highly recommend for any group looking for a peaceful and calm outing.
Carvel Riley   June 23, 2020
This was such a calm and beautiful river with cool bridges to go under and views of lovely lake houses. There are some shady spots along the river which is nice and a few areas you can shore at if you really want to. The current is low and drifts your boat right along which makes for a real easy delightful experience. Staff is friendly and helps push you into the water when you're ready to take off. FYI they don't have restroom facilities which was the only bummer. I will definitely be returning
Divyashree R.   June 12, 2020
Reasonable prices but cash only. Equipments are fine and easy renting. The old man and the young guy both were helpful. 1.5-2 hrs kayak/ canoe is totally...
Ely Merengueli   June 7, 2020
Had a great time with my family. Very relaxing and amazing views. Would definitely recommend this place. Staff is super friendly and prices are affordable.
D C   February 4, 2020
This is a lovely little spot to come to and have an 1 1/2 canoe or kayak down river through Concord. It's very pretty and we had the opportunity to take some wonderful pictures. The boat house has a working bathroom and lots of boats, the staff are young but helpful. There is an easiness to renting (cash only). They offer a lunch and dinner cruise that could be nice but the menu wasn't of interest. We would recommend this and do it again!
Hillary Lam   August 12, 2019
Beautiful canoeing and kayaking river. Very relaxing and peaceful! $20 for an hour.
Rob G.   June 15, 2019
Good prices, equipment is ok, but the best is the excursion to the minute man historic monument and house. Make sure you pick a good, clear, and warm day...
Meliskaz HA   July 11, 2018
It was very peaceful... You can stop and see some history..Dave was very nice, thoughtful and helpful...Anyone with a prosthesis can come here. Enjoyed it very much.