Paddle club(2)

Julie volunteering for Paddle ClubA group of volunteers with an interest in canoeing and kayaking formed the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club in 2000 in conjunction with the Blackstone Heritage Corridor and Rhode Island Canoe & Kayak Association (RICKA). The Paddle Club meets weekly from May through August on Tuesday evenings at different sites within and just outside of the Valley.

Volunteers act as members of the land crew, paddle club guides, and sweep person on the weekly paddles. They provide an important link to the exploration of the natural resources within the Heritage Corridor.

Paddle Club volunteers also assist with other events throughout the year, lending their expertise and safety skills.

To learn more about the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club, click here.

The Blackstone Valley Paddle Club proudly celebrates its 22nd season! This all-volunteer program will lead guided paddles throughout the Blackstone River Valley on Tuesday evenings from May 17 through August 30.
See the schedule and details below!
Participants must bring their own canoe or kayak and life jacket.

2022 Schedule:

All paddles are on Tuesdays. Meet at 6 p.m. for a 6:15 p.m. launch.
Find all paddle details and addresses at

May 17: Quinsigamond River, Grafton, MA

May 24: West River, Upton, MA

May 31: Nipmuc River, Harrisville, RI

June 7: Lackey Dam, Sutton, MA

June 14: West River, Uxbridge, MA

June 21: Blackstone River & Valley Falls Marsh, Lincoln, RI

June 28: Blackstone River & Rice City Pond - Uxbridge, MA

July 5: Bowdish Lake, Glocester, RI

July 12: Providence River - Bold Point, E. Providence, RI

July 19: Slatersville Reservoir & Branch River, North Smithfield, RI

July 26: Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln, RI

August 2: Manville Dam, Cumberland, RI.

August 9: Blackstone Gorge, Blackstone, MA

August 16: Hopedale Pond, Hopedale, MA

August 23: Stump Pond, Smithfield, RI*

August 30: Spring Lake, Burrillville, RI*

*Note: for August 23 and August 30, meet at 5:45 p.m. for a 6 p.m. launch due to earlier sunsets.
To participate in the Blackstone Paddler's events, a RI Canoe and Kayak Association (RICKA) membership fee of $15.00 is required, as is a $10.00 membership fee for the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club. These fees provide a family membership and are good for the entire season. If you are a current RICKA member, you may join for the additional $10.00 membership fee. If you are not yet a RICKA member, you may join and pay your dues for both RICKA and Blackstone Valley Paddle Club by going to the membership page for payment options. Please note: the Paddle Club will not be taking payment for dues at the paddle locations. Please pay your dues in advance.


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