Founded in 1979 by a group of local businessmen led by Abe Bashara of Bishop's Restaurant, the Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program was created to provide boating education, recreation, and a positive summer experience for all youth and adults in the Merrimack Valley. With just six boats, a tent, and a used dock, these businessmen set out to do just that.


We are able to provide sailing lessons, kayaking, canoeing, paddle-boarding, crew team and rowing for all ages and abilities through our greatest asset, the Merrimack River. Now with over 170 watercraft, a 10,000 square foot boathouse, and a docking system capable of holding over 125 boats, we can expand upon our founders' mission of providing a safe and positive environment for our members to take part in some of the best water activities in all of New England.

We encourage you to take a visit to our facility to get a real glimpse of what the boating program offers. Our friendly staff will help you find your way, and set you up with a complimentary day pass to get you started (see Summer Program page for more info). Happy boating, we hope to see you at the GLCBP soon!

Let's Have Some Fun and Make Some Waves!

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