Northampton is bounded by the Connecticut River Greenway State Park, on which many people enjoy fishing, travel, and recreational activities. Summer weekends will find hundreds of people out on the river in everything from canoes and kayaks to fishing boats, jet skis, and even water skis.
Ox-bow Marina is privately owned, 300-slip and provides docks, a boat ramp, and boating events.
Elwell Recreation Area on Damon Road at Route 9 and Interstate 91 (part of the Connecticut River Greenway State Park) provides canoe and rowing access to the Connecticut River including a paved access ramp to a wheelchair accessible dock on the river.
Oxbow Ramp on Route 5 on the Easthampton / Northampton boundary offers a paved ramp, customarily used by high powered recreational craft and larger fishing boats.
The river is also home to crew teams from area colleges and the Northampton Youth and Community Rowing program, which enrolls rowers from 15 - 65 years of age and over.