Boat Rentals

Last updated 3/3/2021


**2021 COVID-19 UPDATE**

At the moment we are creating a plan of action for the 2021 season. It is likely we will not rent boats (canoes/kayaks) to non-campers. Below, please view last year's policies and guidelines (2020) as they are likely to be used this season. It is entirely possible that the following information will change. Continue to check back.


You must have an active camping reservation to reserve a boat. 

Campers who wish to make a boat rental reservation must call 603-968-7336 ext15 or email at least one (1) day prior to your stay or the Friday before your weekend stay. Starting May 1st 2021.

We are providing canoe and kayak rentals to campers at this time for the purpose of accessing campsites. We do not rent powerboats. To reserve a canoe or kayak please email or call 603-968-7336 ext15. To minimize contact we will place your rented canoes and/or kayaks close to the shoreline of SLA's headquarters cove by 10 AM the day of your rental with a sign taped to it a that says your name and all life jackets and paddles inside of the boats. Please make all boat reservations at least one day prior to your arrival between the hours of 9 AM and 4 PM as our office building is not open to the public at this time and there is limited cellular service on our campus, which makes processing last-minute reservations challenging. If you have a weekend camping reservation you must make a reservation the Thursday or Friday prior to your stay- no exceptions. We do not have the staff on weekends to process a reservation.

If you are renting a canoe or kayak to access your campsite please take into consideration your boating experience and the weather for the duration of your stay. If the weather conditions look to be beyond your boating experience please consider canceling your trip for a full refund. We are unable to retrieve any boaters caught in tumultuous weather conditions due to the present circumstance.

We will not provide boat rentals to non-campers.

Advanced Reservations

Reservations for the season can be made after Tuesday, May 1st.

Days/Hours of Operation

  • 9am-4:30pm
  • Memorial Day to Labor Day - 7 Days
  • Labor Day to Columbus Day - Weekends Only

The Squam Lakes Association rents canoes and kayaks to the public at the SLA Resource Center on Route 3 in Holderness, NH. The Squam Lakes offer excellent paddling and sailing opportunities, with many islands, coves, reefs and miles of protected mountain views. SLA has a trained staff to teach you the basic skills and get you on your way. Come explore the shores of Squam!

Rental Fleet

SLA has a fleet of rental boats, including kayaks from Wilderness Systems, Olde Town, Boreal Designs, and Necky, and canoes from Olde Town and Grummen.


Based on hourly, daily, and multi-day rates.

Hourly Rates

Canoes & Kayaks:                  

     SLA Member: $12

     Non-Member: $15


     SLA Member: $18

     Non-Member: $20

Daily Rates

Canoes & Kayaks:                  

     SLA Member: $45 ($30 each additional day)

     Non-Member: $50 ($35 each additional day)


     SLA Member: $55 ($45 each additional day)

     Non-Member: $60 ($50 each additional day)


Rental Policy

  • A full-day rental lasts 9:00am to 4:30pm


  • NOT accepted for hourly rentals
  • Reservations must be paid in full with a credit card

Security Deposit

The renter will be charged for any missing or damaged equipment.


  • 14 days or more notice prior to rental = full refund, less $5 handling fee
  • Less than 14 days = 50% refund
  • Less than 2 days (48 hours) = no refund

Late Fees

A late fee will be charged to boats returned late.  The fee will be $20 per hour until 5:30 pm and $50 for any return after 5:30pm and an additional $50 per day thereafter.

Call SLA @ (603) 968-7336 for more information or e-mail to: