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March 21st- RICKA Soiree! 



Coordinator is Sharon Dragon. shdrag1@gmail.com  March Club Meeting Spring Soiree at Chelo’s Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.

Our monthly meetings resume in March, but we’ll take a break from our usual lecture series and start off our 47th season with our second annual Spring Soiree.

 For many years, the Spring Soiree was RICKA’s annual banquet held at the Quonset Club. This year we will be returning to Chelo's in Warwick


Come join your friends as we relive stories from the past and make plans for the future. We have reserved the upstairs area of the restaurant for the evening.

Everyone will be responsible for their own food and drinks. (Chelo’s will add a 20% gratuity due to the size of the group.) Chelo’s Warwick is located at 2225 Post Road, Warwick.

Please RSVP to Sharon Dragon at shdrag1@gmail.com by March 18th if you plan to attend.

We look forward to seeing you at this fun event.

Directions to Chelo's Warwick: From Route 95 North or South take exit 13 to Route 1 – T.F. Green Airport. After 1.3 miles take the exit for Post Road – Route 1. Turn right on Post Road. Chelo’s Warwick will be a short distance down the road on the right at 2225 Post Road, Warwick, RI.



Annual Flatwater Planning Meeting on April 6th at  River Bend Farm in Uxbridge from 12:00-2:00.  Cooridnator is Cheryl Thompson 401-497-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com

Join us at Visitor Center at River Bend Farm in Uxbridge, MA for our annual Flatwater Planning Meeting. At this meeting, we will set up our calendar for the 2024 year, so please bring ideas for trips. If you would like to lead a trip but do not have experience, we can partner you up with an experienced leader.

We will have party pizza and soda; you may bring a snack or dish to share, if you wish. The Visitor Center is located at 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge, MA.

Contact Cheryl Thompson at stonefoxfarm@juno.com for additional information.




Earth Day Clean up and Paddle Sunday April 28th

Rice City Pond, Uxbridge, MA

Meet at 9:30 am for a 10:00 am launch

Trip Coordinator Gary Powers garpow28@aol.com

A change of clothes in a drybag is required.

We will put in on river-right of Rice City Pond.  Boat put-in is behind the Medical Center, 281 Hartford Ave E, Uxbridge, MA 01569 (1/4 mile north of River Bend Farms, entrance on Oak St.).

Partnering with Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful, The Greenway Challenge, and The Great Global Cleanup, RICKA will provide some needed environmental stewardship of the Blackstone River.  Concentrating mainly on easily captured trash such as bottles, cans, and wrappers we will be part of a global program tracking collected debris for this Earth Day event.  This year’s Earth Day theme is “PLANET vs PLASTICS”.  Bags, gloves, and a limited number of reaching tools will be available however, please feel free to bring your own gloves/tools.

The full loop is 2-1/8 miles and after the cleanup & paddle we can go over to River Bend Farms for a lunch and museum tour.  RSVP is not required but welcomed.  Please check out the Flatwater Message Board for updates.

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Ninigret
 Meet at 10:00 for a 10:30 launch. Trip Coordinators Cheryl Thompson stonefoxfarm@juno.com 401-497-5887 and Tom Farley

Suitable for boats 14 feet and longer.

Bring a lunch.

Ninigret Pond, Charlestown RI

Ninigret Pond is Rhode Island's largest coastal salt pond. The area features stunning landscapes and abundant coves for paddle craft to explore. It is also a great place to view wildlife. The area near the Charlestown Breachway (the outlet to the ocean) is dangerous for paddle craft and should be avoided because of both strong currents and heavy boat traffic. Otherwise, the pond is usually a calm and easy place to paddle. On most days the southwest wind fills in across this area in the morning and blows throughout the afternoon. 

Google Maps

GPS coordinates to parking lot:

N 41 21.900  
W 071 39.400

Directions:  
Take Route 1 south to Charlestown, going 2.3 miles past the junction of Route 1 and Route 2.  After going past Prosser Trail (Windswept Inn on corner), make a U-turn onto Route 1 north, then bear right onto Route 1A (at the Tourist Information sign)  follow the Ninigret Park (a town park) sign on Route 1A for 0.5 mile and then turn right into the main entrance to the park (across from Charlestown Police station). 

The launch site is at the very end of the main access road (about 1 mile down Park Lane). Follow the road (Park Lane) left at the tennis courts, past the Frosty Drew observatory, and then straight to the terminus of the road at the Grassy Point parking area in the US Fish and Wildlife Refuge.   

There is a gravel road at the end of the parking area to drive down to the Kayak Launch to unload your boats.  Once unloaded, drive cars back to parking area.  There is also a rest room located at the parking area. Parking available for 25 to 30 cars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Changes and cancellations to trips will be posted on the flatwater message board. 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.

Note: Please inspect your boat and gear for any invasive Aquatic plants. If you have been on the water in the past 5 days, please clean and dry your equipment. Also, check, clean, drain and dry after.





The people who coordinate RICKA trips are responsible for setting a meeting time and how to get to the put-in and take-out. The trip coordinators are unpaid volunteers who are not  professionals.  They are not and cannot be responsible for determining the adequacy of your skill level, your personal safety, well-being, or happiness.
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Trip coordinators:


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At this time of year, wetsuits or drysuits are REQUIRED. You will not be allowed to paddle with the group if you do not comply. If you are weating a wetsuit, please bring a change of clothes.

10.6.8 All other users of State Management areas and designated undeveloped State Parks are required to wear two hundred (200) square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange from the third Saturday in April to the last day in May,
 annually.
 


In leui of a meeting in the summer month,s we offer an event that is suitable for everyone.  We have a permit for sites 45 and 46 if you want to get there early to paddle (the permit is in Cheryl Thompson's name if you are asked)



Our first on-water meeting/paddle of the season is the signal that summer is here! For those new to the club, a group paddle or event replaces the more structured meetings of fall through spring, and takes place on the third Monday evening of the month.   

Meeting on the water is a group paddle or event that replaces the more structured meetings of fall through spring,
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Paddle with Santa in Wickford- Trip organizer: Pat Lardner pslardner@gmail.com 401-524-8057


Meet at 11:30 AM  to decorate your Canoe/Kayak.

 RSVP to Pat Lardner at 
pslardner@gmail.com so she can have Elf hats for everyone attending.

Wetsuit or Drysuit mandatory


Wickford Festival of Lights  

Once again we will be escorting Santa down Wickford Harbor as he arrives by boat at the the town dock. 

Paddlers should plan to deck their boats with holiday decorations and bring their holiday cheer!

We will meet at the same location as last year,
 170 Main Street, Wickford, RI. Parking lot is located to the right of Gardners Wharf Seafood. 




Changes and cancellations to trips will be posted on the flatwater message board

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. 

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AIS found in this body of water

This trip requires a car shuttle so please have a mask available in the event the leader and/or drivers require one.
This trip requires a car shuttle so please have a mask available in the event the leader and/or drivers require one.
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Suitable for all boat sizes approximately a 7+ mile paddle. 

The Pachaug Pond Boat Launch

Address: 945 Voluntown Road Griswold CT

Access to Pachaug Pond is provided through a state owned boat launch located adjacent to the dam.  The boat launch can be reached by taking Interstate 395, Exit 22 onto Route 138 east.   Proceed east on Route 138 for approximately 2.5  miles to launch area. 

The Pachaug Boat Ramp- The ramp is of concrete planks with an asphalt approach.  There are parking and fishing facilities for the handicapped adjacent to the boat launch. Parking Area -The parking area adjacent to the boat launch can accommodate approximately 40 vehicles. Chemical toilets are available on a seasonal basis.

Note: Please inspect your boat and gear for any invasive Aquatic plants. If you have been on the water in the past 5 days, please clean and dry your equipment. Also, check, clean, drain and dry after.


Changes and cancellations to trips will be posted on the flatwater message board

Please check the board before leaving for any trip.  Our coordinators provide directions as a courtesy to paddlers however, you are responsible to refer to a map and familiarize yourself with the trip location.

Any paddle sport is an assumed risk sport. Some aspects of canoeing and kayaking involve the risk  of serious injury or death. The Rhode Island Canoe and Kayak Association, although safety conscious, cannot guarantee your personal safety in club activities.


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 A 7.5-mile trip on a pretty section of the Pawcatuck. We will put in at Bradford Landing and take out at Post Office Landing at Potter Hill. You can run or portage the fish weirs at the old Bradford Dam. The river twists and turns through the woodlands of the Grills Preserve owned by the Westerly Land Trust and Hopkinton Land Trust. We will stop for lunch (and a swim) at the beach off Narragansett Way.

41° 24.386' N    71° 44.882' W  Google Maps 

 0.4 mile south of where Route 91 and Route 216 merge in the village of Bradford, look for a sign for "Bradford Landing" on the east side of the road, across from Bradford Dyeing Association.


Note: Please inspect your boat and gear for any invasive Aquatic plants. If you have been on the water in the past 5 days, please clean and dry your equipment. Also, check, clean, drain and dry after.

Changes and cancellations to trips will be posted on the flatwater message board

Please check the board before leaving for any trip.  Our coordinators provide directions as a courtesy to paddlers however, you are responsible to refer to a map and familiarize yourself with the trip location.

Any paddle sport is an assumed risk sport. Some aspects of canoeing and kayaking involve the risk  of serious injury or death. The Rhode Island Canoe and Kayak Association, although safety conscious, cannot guarantee your personal safety in club activities.

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Meeting on the water is a group paddle or event that replaces the more structured meetings of fall through spring, more structured meetings of fall through spring,
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Ninigret Meet at 10:00 for a 10:30 launch.
Trip coordinator: Sharon Dragon shdrag1@gmail.com
401-225-3942

This trip has been canceled for today due to weather.




This is a memorial paddle in honor of Donna Abjornson. Donna was a RICKA member, an avid paddler and a wonderful person. She passed away in March 2023, she will be missed. All paddlers with boats 14 feet and longer are welcome.

Bring a lunch

Ninigret Pond is Rhode Island's largest coastal salt pond. The area features stunning landscapes and abundant coves for paddle craft to explore. It is also a great place to view wildlife. The area near the Charlestown Breachway (the outlet to the ocean) is dangerous for paddle craft and should be avoided because of both strong currents and heavy boat traffic. Otherwise, the pond is usually a calm and easy place to paddle. On most days the southwest wind fills in across this area in the morning and blows throughout the afternoon.

Google Maps

GPS coordinates to parking lot:

N 41 21.900  
W 071 39.400

Directions:  
Take Route 1 south to Charlestown, going 2.3 miles past the junction of Route 1 and Route 2.  After going past Prosser Trail (Windswept Inn on corner), make a U-turn onto Route 1 north, then bear right onto Route 1A (at the Tourist Information sign)  follow the Ninigret Park (a town park) sign on Route 1A for 0.5 mile and then turn right into the main entrance to the park (across from Charlestown Police station). 

The launch site is at the very end of the main access road (about 1 mile down Park Lane). Follow the road (Park Lane) left at the tennis courts, past the Frosty Drew observatory, and then straight to the terminus of the road at the Grassy Point parking area in the US Fish and Wildlife Refuge.   

There is a gravel road at the end of the parking area to drive down to the Kayak Launch to unload your boats.  Once unloaded, drive cars back to parking area.  There is also a rest room located at the parking area. Parking available for 25 to 30 cars.


Changes and cancellations to trips will be posted on the flatwater message board

Please check the board before leaving for any trip.  Our coordinators provide directions as a courtesy to paddlers however, you are responsible to refer to a map and familiarize yourself with the trip location.

Any paddle sport is an assumed risk sport. Some aspects of canoeing and kayaking involve the risk  of serious injury or death. The Rhode Island Canoe and Kayak Association, although safety conscious, cannot guarantee your personal safety in club activities.