Paddle in the Blackstone Watershed – Providence River
July 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Come paddle with the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club on the Providence River. The put-in is at Bold Point Park at the south end of Waterfront Drive in East Providence, N 41 48 928 W 071 23. 431 . This trip is suitable for all boats.
From Bold Point we will paddle northwest past pass century old pier pilings, across a narrow part of the harbor. On the open water below the hurricane barrier there may be some chop, especially with a south wind. Tidal currents are generally not a problem. There can be swells coming up the bay in the open area. Kayak skirts are recommended for the crossing, but not required.
Rounding the corner of Fox Point, passing tugboats on the right, we’ll pass under Rt 195 and through the hurricane barrier to enter the quiet Providence River. The electric company will be on the left and great views of the city ahead. After passing under the first bridge we will be in the city. W aterfire braziers line the center of the river. The Providence court house and RI School of Design (RISD) are on the right. Passing under more bridges we’ll come to the confluence of the Woonasqatucket and Moshassuck Rivers.
Bearing to the left we’ll enter into Water Place Park with the Providence Mall directly ahead. We’ll paddle under the mall, the train tracks and Rt 95 and continue up river until we run out of water then turn around and return to the put in.