Paddle in the Blackstone Watershed – GO Program Event – Blackstone River from the Gorge up to the Millville Rapids

Paddle in the Blackstone Watershed

Let’s GO Paddle in the Blackstone Watershed!  The Blackstone Valley Paddle Club will lead this GO! event on the Blackstone River.  There is no membership requirement for this GO event.  The put-in is at the end of County Rd in Blackstone MA.  GPS Coordinates: N42 00.923     W071 33.165. Trip is suitable for all boats.

We’ll paddle under the Triad Bridge, make a quick stop at the Millville Lock, the best preserved lock from the Blackstone Canal, and continue to just downstream from the Millville Rapids.

Every Tuesday from mid-May through August the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club paddles a different part of the Blackstone River watershed. Membership is required. If you are not a yet a member and are undecided about joining, come with us for a trip to help make up your mind. Introduce yourself to one of the trip leaders in the orange shirts who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Properly fitting PFDs are required to be worn on all BVPC trips including this GO event.  Inflatable PFDs or boats are not acceptable for BVPC trips.  Trip details and other information can be found at: http://www.ricka-flatwater.org/bvcal.htm. Check the message board for changes or cancellations before leaving for any trip. http://members.boardhost.com/FLATWATER/.  If a trip is cancelled due to weather we will try to offer it on the next day (Sunday for this go event).


Paddle in the Blackstone Watershed – Stump Pond in Smithfield RI

Come paddle with the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club on Stump Pond in Smithfield (aka Woonasquatucket Reservoir).  The put-in is near the south end of Log Rd in Smithfield, just north of Mann School Rd.  GPS: 41.901349, -71.546616. Trip is suitable for all boats. 

From the put in we may “limbo” under the Rt 116 bridge into the south part of the pond or may remain in the north section.  This is the last BVPC scheduled paddle for the season, join us for refreshments after the paddle on Stump Pond in Smithfield.   

Every Tuesday from mid-May through August the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club paddles a different part of the Blackstone River watershed. Membership is required. If you are not a yet a member and are undecided about joining, come with us for a trip to help make up your mind. Introduce yourself to one of the trip leaders in the orange shirts who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Properly fitting PFDs are required to be worn on all BVPC trips. Inflatable PFDs or boats are not acceptable for BVPC trips.  Trip details and other information can be found at: http://www.ricka-flatwater.org/bvcal.htm. Check the message board for changes or cancellations before leaving for any trip. http://members.boardhost.com/FLATWATER/.  If a trip is cancelled due to weather we will try to offer it on the next day (Wednesday).


Paddle in the Blackstone Watershed – Olney Pond

Olney Pond

Olney Pond is the 128-acre reservoir that forms the heart of Lincoln Woods State Park, a 627-acre park just a few miles north of downtown Providence.

For questions about the BVPC, Contact Cheryl StoneFoxFarm@juno.com 401-497-5887. Membership is required.  If you are not a yet a member and are undecided about joining, come join us for a trip to help make up your mind.   Introduce yourself to one of the trip leaders in the orange  shirts who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Driving Landmarks: From Route 146 North take the Twin River Road exit and turn left at the end of the ramp. From Route 146 South take the Twin River Road exit and turn right at the end of the ramp. 

Follow Twin River Road into Lincoln Woods State Park and when you come to the T-junction just inside the park turn right. Follow this one-way road for 1.4 miles, past the large parking lot for the beach and on around the pond to where there is a marked turn-off on the left for the boat ramp. Google maps
 
Please check the board before leaving for any trip.  Our leaders provide directions as a courtesy to paddlers however, you are responsible to refer to a map and familiarize yourself with the trip location. 

 


Paddle in the Blackstone Watershed – Providence River

Providence River

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.


Paddle in the Blackstone Watershed – Bowdish Lake – Glocester RI

Bowdish Lake

Come paddle with the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club on Bowdish Lake in Glocster RI.  The put-in is at the George Washington Camping Area, 2185 Putnam Pike (Rt 44) Chepachet, RI.  Trip is suitable for all boats and abilities. 

This will be a casual paddle around the lake with some very scenic views.  There will be an optional stop at the swimming beach for a quick dip if the weather is warm and you are so inclined.  Please tell the attendant at the booth when you drive in, that you are using the boat ramp. There will not be a charge for using the state ramp.

Every Tuesday from mid-May through August the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club paddles a different part of the Blackstone River watershed. Membership is required. If you are not a yet a member and are undecided about joining, come with us for a trip to help make up your mind. Introduce yourself to one of the trip leaders in the orange shirts who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Properly fitting PFDs are required to be worn on all BVPC trips. Inflatable PFDs or boats are not acceptable for BVPC trips.  Trip details and other information can be found at: http://www.ricka-flatwater.org/bvcal.htm. Check the message board for changes or cancellations before leaving for any trip. http://members.boardhost.com/FLATWATER/.  If a trip is cancelled due to weather we will try to offer it on the next day (Wednesday).


Paddle in the Blackstone Watershed – Valley Falls Marsh and the Blackstone River, Cumberland RI

Valley Falls Marsh

Come paddle with the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club on the Blackstone River and the scenic Valley Falls Marsh.  The put-in is on Madeira Ave, at the intersection with Broad St in Central Falls RI.  GPS Coordinates: N41 53.907  W071 23.392.  This trip is a nice paddle for paddlers of all abilities.  Enjoy the scenic marsh and a paddle up the Blackstone to the Pratt Dam.

Every Tuesday from mid-May through August the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club paddles a different part of the Blackstone River watershed. Membership is required. If you are not a yet a member and are undecided about joining, come with us for a trip to help make up your mind. Introduce yourself to one of the trip leaders in the orange shirts who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Properly fitting PFDs are required to be worn on all BVPC trips. Inflatable PFDs or boats are not acceptable for BVPC trips.  Trip details and other information can be found at: http://www.ricka-flatwater.org/bvcal.htm. Check the message board for changes or cancellations before leaving for any trip. http://members.boardhost.com/FLATWATER/.  If a trip is cancelled due to weather we will try to offer it on the next day (Wednesday). 


Paddle in the Blackstone Watershed – Blackstone River – Blackstone Gorge

Blackstone Gorge

Come paddle with the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club on the Blackstone River.  The put-in for this section is near the Blackstone Gorge across from 66 County Street, Blackstone MA.   GPS Coordinates: N42 00.923     W071 33.165 

We’ll paddle under the Triad Bridge and past the Millville Lock, the best preserved lock from the Blackstone Canal, to just downstream from the Millville Rapids.  

Every Tuesday from mid-May through August the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club paddles a different part of the Blackstone River watershed. Membership is required. If you are not a yet a member and are undecided about joining, come with us for a trip to help make up your mind. Introduce yourself to one of the trip leaders in the orange shirts who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Properly fitting PFDs are required to be worn on all BVPC trips. Inflatable PFDs or boats are not acceptable for BVPC trips.  Trip details and other information can be found at: http://www.ricka-flatwater.org/bvcal.htm. Check the message board for changes or cancellations before leaving for any trip. http://members.boardhost.com/FLATWATER/.  If a trip is cancelled due to weather we will try to offer it on the next day (Wednesday). 


Paddle in the Blackstone Watershed – Slatersville Reservoir and the Branch River

Slatersville Reservoir

Come paddle with the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club on the upper section of the Slatersville Reservoir and up the Branch River.  The put-in is at the Slatersville Fishing Area (aka Broncos Fishing Area) boat launch (look for the DEM sign) on Broncos Highway at the Burrillville/North Smithfield line.  Address is about 2890 Broncos Highway, Burrillville, RI.  GPS Coordinates: N41 59. 243   W071 36.073  Trip is suitable for all. 

Every Tuesday from mid-May through August the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club paddles a different part of the Blackstone River watershed. Membership is required. If you are not a yet a member and are undecided about joining, come with us for a trip to help make up your mind. Introduce yourself to one of the trip leaders in the orange shirts who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Properly fitting PFDs are required to be worn on all BVPC trips. Inflatable PFDs or boats are not acceptable for BVPC trips.  Trip details and other information can be found at: http://www.ricka-flatwater.org/bvcal.htm. Check the message board for changes or cancellations before leaving for any trip. http://members.boardhost.com/FLATWATER/.  If a trip is cancelled due to weather we will try to offer it on the next day (Wednesday). 

 


Paddle in the Blackstone Watershed – Lacky Dam and the Mumford River

Lacky Dam

Come paddle with the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club through Lackey Pond, under Rt 146 and into the Mumford River.  The put-in is at Lackey Dam.  Park on the dirt service road for the dam off Lackey Dam Rd across from Oakhurst Rd, Sutton MA.    GPS  42.1024659,-71.6904976

Every Tuesday from mid-May through August the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club paddles a different part of the Blackstone River watershed. Membership is required. If you are not a yet a member and are undecided about joining, come with us for a trip to help make up your mind. Introduce yourself to one of the trip leaders in the orange shirts who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Properly fitting PFDs are required to be worn on all BVPC trips. Inflatable PFDs or boats are not acceptable for BVPC trips.  Trip details and other information can be found at: http://www.ricka-flatwater.org/bvcal.htm. Check the message board for changes or cancellations before leaving for any trip. http://members.boardhost.com/FLATWATER/.  If a trip is cancelled due to weather we will try to offer it on the next day (Wednesday). 

 


Paddle in the Blackstone Watershed – Blackstone River and Canal paddle in Uxbridge MA

Come join the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club for a Blackstone River and Canal paddle in Uxbridge.  The put-in is at Riverbend Farm 287 Oak St, Uxbridge, MA, the parking lot is next to the red barn.  GPS coordinates:  N 42 05 641  W071 37 442.  Two routes will be offered on this trip.  Paddle on the Blackstone canal to historic Goat Hill lock then up the river and back through Rice City Pond.  More experienced paddlers can paddle the  loop, down the river and then up the canal.  Both options require a short portage.  The river loop is suitable for boats 14 feet and under.  

Every Tuesday from mid-May through August the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club paddles a different part of the Blackstone River watershed. Membership is required. If you are not a yet a member and are undecided about joining, come with us for a trip to help make up your mind. Introduce yourself to one of the trip leaders in the orange shirts who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Properly fitting PFDs are required to be worn on all BVPC trips. Inflatable PFDs or boats are not acceptable for BVPC trips.  Trip details and other information can be found at: http://www.ricka-flatwater.org/bvcal.htm. Check the message board for changes or cancellations before leaving for any trip. http://members.boardhost.com/FLATWATER/.  If a trip is cancelled due to weather we will try to offer it on the next day (Wednesday).