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August 14 @ 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Blackstone River Commons – Public Paddle & Celebration

Join the Blackstone River Commons Group on the final stretch of the 2022 Blackstone Expedition! Paddlers are invited to join the last four miles of the 4-day, 60-mile expedition raising awareness about the opportunities to improve the Blackstone River. 32 spots are available in canoes generously provided by Friends of the Blackstone, or feel free to bring your own watercraft! All participants must register by Thursday, August 9 at 5pm. (Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczSdeEo9DjeMaWkhezvZHHzphlvPTI5epmjY3RKlZOUfxOVQ/viewform.

This will be a moderate paddle of 4 miles from 1:30 – 3:30pm, from Festival Pier Boat Launch in Pawtucket to Gano Park Boat Launch in Providence.

If you plan to bring your own boat, please drop it off with our volunteers at Festival Pier between 11:15 and 11:50 before dropping off your car at Narragansett Brewery. A shuttle back to the put-in at Festival Pier is provided.

If you need a boat, there are 32 spots available in canoes, provided by Friends of the Blackstone, 2 paddlers per canoe. Please let us know through the registration form if you would like to request a canoe spot. Canoe seats are first-come, first-served, and submitting the form does not guarantee you a spot. We will confirm availability with all participants requesting a canoe spot no later than August 10.

All participants: Meet at Narragansett Brewery for check-in no later than 12:15. At 12:30, a shuttle will bring all paddlers to Festival Pier to start the paddle. We will take out at Gano Park Boat Launch and portage the boats 0.3 mi along a pedestrian path back to the parking lot at Narragansett Brewery. All are invited to a public celebration of the Blackstone River Commons Expedition hosted by Narragansett Brewery at 4pm!

Boat drop-off: 11:15 – 11:50am, Festival Pier Boat Launch, 50 Tim Healey Way, Pawtucket, RI
Vehicle drop-off and check-in: 12:00, Narragansett Brewery, 271 Tockwotton St, Providence, RI.

Registration is required for this free event, with insurance coverage generously provided by Friends of the Blackstone through the American Canoe Association. All paddlers are required to wear a Personal Flotation Device and sign a waiver. We will have waivers available at check-in, but please feel free to print your own to speed up check-in! Download the waiver here.
Questions? Contact Katie Liming, kliming@clarku.edu.

Learn more at Blackstone River Commons — Blackstone Watershed Collaborative (blackstonecollaborative.org).