Not New England, but just across from New England's West Coast (Lake Champlain) you have the High Peaks region in the Adirondack Park. Perhaps 6? hr drive from Woods Hole. I used to hike into Avalanche Pond and Colden Pond as well as some high beaver flowages. The acid rain really clobbered some of the higher ponds, but I've heard second hand that the reclamation has gone well in some. AI would think a float tube would be your best bet. In the same area you have the Saranac River and the West Branch of the Ausable. You should PM Jim M. , he lives just south of there.