About Pray and Paddle

Each day and season on the water is different offering its own gifts.

Pray and Paddle approaches paddling as a contemplative/ meditative practice. A time to slow down and paddle in silence.

The invitation is to listen and notice what is going on within and around you. All religious traditions teach that in cultivating silence and living in the moment, we are most apt to hear and experience the Divine.

Pray and Paddle is a wonderful event for both novice and experienced paddlers. A paddling and safety orientation begins each session. Three routes are offered (two accessible for novice and one for more experienced paddlers). Each event is approximately 2-3 hours. Kent Harrop as your guide will send a list of what to bring and information about the upcoming paddle. In case of inclement weather, a notification will be sent out the evening prior.


For the past century, Lake Cochichewick has been North Andover's main supply of drinking water and public access to the lake was forbidden. In May 2002, however, the town began issuing boating permits:

Certain watercraft are allowed and must be designed to be manually propelled, by oars or paddles. Rowing shells, johnboats, dinghies, rowboats, canoes and kayaks are acceptable as long as the occupants are isolated from contact with the lake. Boats must not have any thru-holes (e.g. self-bailers) that would allow contact between the occupants and the lake water. Electric motors are acceptable as an alternate form of propulsion. The maximum length of a motorized craft is 15 feet. Inflatable boats, windsurfers and seaplanes are not allowed. No domestic animals are allowed to be in boats, on the ice, or in the water at any time.

Swimming is not allowed on Lake Cochichewick, neither for humans nor dogs. The town has posted signs along the trails near the lake informing hikers that it is used for drinking water, and that swimming is punishable with a $50 fine.

History and 
Lake Cochichewick

 Looking from Rolling Ridge to Weir Hill. Weir Hill is a 194 acre Trustee of Reservation property.

The Pennacook, the first people, set up weirs or fishing nets along the shore.

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