To participate in the Blackstone Paddler's Events, a RI Canoe and Kayak Association 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 our Membership Page for payment options. Please note: we will not be taking payment for dues at the paddle locations.  Please pay your dues in advance.

 Note: Inflatable PFDs (life vests) and inflatable kayaks are not acceptable for paddling on RICKA Flatwater trips or Blackstone Valley Paddle Club trips. 



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July 23rd Stump Pond Smithfield Meet at 6:00 for a 6:15 launch
Trip coordinators Manny egterezakis@gmail.com and Bob Larrive.

Trip is suitable for all.

Stump Pond in Smithfield

aka Stillwater Reservoir or Woonasquatucket Reservoir

41 54.044' N    71 32.776' W   

See this location in: Google Maps   

(Parking across from 64 Log Road, Smithfield, RI) 

The 300-acre reservoir commonly known as Stump Pond is also known as the Stillwater Reservoir and the Woonasquatucket Reservoir.  The Stump Pond name comes from the time dead tree trunks stood in the water after the land was flooded to create the reservoir.  The put-in parking lot is used by many fishermen and can be crowded at times.  There is a concrete ramp for boat trailers and grassy space on either side for launching kayaks if the ramp is being used to launch larger boats. 

From Route I-295 northbound or southbound, take Exit 8B for Route 7 north.  Travel about 0.4 mile on Route 7 north to the next traffic light. At the light, turn left onto Route 116 South. Go one mile on Route 116 South to the T intersection traffic signal and turn left. 

Immediately, turn right at the next light to continue on Route 116/Route 5.  Pass the Smithfield Police Department station on the left and cross over the bridge.  Where Route 116/5 curves sharply to the left, take the first right for Log Road.  Shortly after, bear right at the fork to remain on Log Road.  Go one quarter mile more and turn right into the Stump Pond Fishing Area parking lot. (The entrance is across the street from 64 Log Road, Smithfield.)   







For questions about the BVPC, Contact Cheryl stonefoxfarm75@gmail.com  401-497-5887. Membership is required. Click on the link to learn  how to join:  Membership link .  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.


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.

If the trip is cancelled due to weather we will try to offer it on the next day  (Wednesday). Check the message board for changes and cancellations to trips - flatwater message board

Please check the board before leaving for any trip.  We 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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July 30th Blackstone Gorge- Meet at 6:00 for a 6:15 launch
Trip coordinators Earl MacRae patandearl@comcast.net , Jim Crowley crowbird888@msn.com and Bob Larrive

Blackstone Gorge to Millville lock, Blackstone MA  Suitable for all levels of experience.

Blackstone Gorge to the Millville Rapids from Erik Eckilson on Vimeo.

The Blackstone Gorge : GPS Coordinates: N42 00.923     W071 33.165

66 County Street, Blackstone MA

See this location in: Google Maps

From the North (Massachusetts, Worcester Area)  Go to Route 146 South. In Rhode Island, take Exit 14 for Forestdale/North Smithfield. Turn left off the exit ramp and cross over the highway bridge. Go straight through the traffic light for Great Road, Route 146A south. Follow Great Road, Route 146A straight to the next traffic light.  Turn left onto St. Paul Street. Follow St. Paul Street to the traffic light at the end.  Turn left onto Route 122 north, Main Street, Blackstone Mass. Follow Rt. 122 north for about 1 mile. A sign will direct you to turn left onto County Street towards the Blackstone Gorge.  The gorge is at the end of County Street with parking on the left.

 From the South (Rhode Island and the Providence Area) Go to Route 146 North. While still in Rhode Island, take Exit 14 for Forestdale/North Smithfield.    Turn right at the end of the exit ramp.   Take an immediate right at the traffic light onto Route 146A South, Great Road. Follow Great Road straight to the next traffic light.   Turn left onto St. Paul Street. Follow St. Paul Street to the traffic light at the end.  Turn left onto Route 122, Main Street North in Blackstone Mass.   Follow Rt. 122 North for about 1 mile.  A sign will direct you to turn left onto County Street towards the Blackstone Gorge.      The gorge is at the end of County Street with parking on the left.

For questions about the BVPC, Contact Cheryl stonefoxfarm75@gmail.com  401-497-5887. Membership is required. Click on the link to learn  how to join:  Membership link .  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.


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.

If the trip is cancelled due to weather we will try to offer it on the next day  (Wednesday). Check the message board for changes and cancellations to trips - flatwater message board

Please check the board before leaving for any trip.  We 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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August 6th Wallum Lake Meet at 6:00 for a 6:15 launch. Trip coordinators are Cheryl Thompson 401-497-5887 stonefoxfarm@juno.com and Tom Farley.

Please note you can not enter the boat ramp area before 6:00 or you will be charged an admission fee.  Trip is suitable for all.

Douglas State Park, Douglas, Ma., Wallum Lake is located on the border of  RI and MA., has  crystal clear water, and is an easy paddle. 

107 Wallum Lake Road, Douglas, Massachusetts

42 1.3' N    71 46.067' W   See this location in: Google Maps

 Wallum Lake is a large, almost 2-mile-long body of water rated as having good water quality by the Rhode Island DEM. The northern half of this 200-acre lake is within the Douglas State Forest in Douglas, Massachusetts.  The southern half lies in Rhode Island, partly in the Buck Hill Management Area.  A major portion of the shoreline in both states is protected and undeveloped.

 The Wallum Lake Douglas State Forest boat launch area is ideal for large groups.  The main parking lot has numerous marked spaces for cars, trucks, and trailers.  The wide, asphalt-paved ramp can be used to launch eight to ten small boats at the same time. 

Directions

 From Route 146 in Massachusetts, Northbound or SouthboundFrom Route 146 in Massachusetts, take Exit 5 for Route 16, Uxbridge/Douglas.  Follow the roundabout signs to take Route 16 West toward Douglas, MA. Continue on Route 16 through the Douglas town center for a total of two miles.  Be sure to continue straight at the sign where Route 16 turns sharply to the right. Immediately after, see a large sign on the left for Route 96. 

Bear to the right at the small Wallum Lake sign onto South West Main Street. Go one mile and turn left at the State Forest Wallum Lake sign onto Wallum Lake Road. Go 0.6 mile and turn right at the sign for Douglas State Forest, Wallum Lake. Drive about 0.5 mile to the guard shack and bear left onto the boat ramp road.  Drive to the end of the road and turn left into the put-in parking lot.

 

For questions about the BVPC, Contact Cheryl stonefoxfarm75@gmail.com  401-497-5887. Membership is required. Click on the link to learn  how to join:  Membership link .  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.


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.

If the trip is cancelled due to weather we will try to offer it on the next day  (Wednesday). Check the message board for changes and cancellations to trips - flatwater message board

Please check the board before leaving for any trip.  We 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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August 13th   Keech Pond in Glocester RI  Meet at 6:00 for a 6:15 launch Trip coordinators are: Skye scitamb.2@juno.com and Steve Pechie.


Trip is suitable for all. 

 

The launch is at the end of Indian Trail in Chepachet (Glocester) RI. Keech Pond is a 129 acre pond that is state managed. One third of the trip on Keech Pond is private, wooded land. The rest of the trip goes by waterfront homes. You can explore the various coves on this pond. It connects to the 186 acre Smith and Sayles Reservoir by a low dam, you could pick up your boat and portage over to enter the larger Smith and Sayles Reservoir if you wanted a longer trip.

41 52.542' N    71 41.438' W   See this location in: Google Maps 

Directions: Take 295 North or South to exit 7B Greenville, Route 44 west. Follow route 44 west for approx. 9 miles. Turn left onto Chestnut Hill Road (soon after the CVS). Follow Chestnut Hill Road  to Indian Trail on the left.  Follow Indian trail until the end of the road, state ramp and parking lot on the left.

From Rt. 146 South - Take Slatersville exit.  Turn right onto Rt. 146 A. At light by Slatersville Plaza, go straight on Rt. 102 South. Follow Rt. 102 South  for seven miles to intersection with Rt. 44 in Chepachet.  Turn left onto Rt. 44 East and continue about one half mile mile. Look for Chestnut Hill on the right, just before the CVS.

From Rt. 146 North - Take Slatersville exit.  Turn left off ramp onto School Street.  At intersection by Slatersville Common and Church, veer left onto Green Street.  Continue through Slatersville to first light at Rt. 102.  Turn left onto Rt. 102 South.  Follow Rt. 102 South  for six miles  to intersection with Rt. 44 in Chepachet.  Turn left onto Rt. 44 East and continue about one half mile mile. Look for Chestnut Hill on the right, just before the CVS.






For questions about the BVPC, Contact Cheryl stonefoxfarm75@gmail.com  401-497-5887. Membership is required. Click on the link to learn  how to join:  Membership link .  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.


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.

If the trip is cancelled due to weather we will try to offer it on the next day  (Wednesday). Check the message board for changes and cancellations to trips - flatwater message board

Please check the board before leaving for any trip.  We 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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August 20th  Party and Paddle at Spring Lake. Meet at 5:45- launching promptly at 6:00  (note the earlier time due to the earlier sunset). Join us for a short paddle around Spring Lake and then a gathering at Julie and Steve's waterfront home for pizza and a party!

Trip Coordinators are Julie Julierie87@gmail.com and Steve Reindeau steverie154@gmail.com.  Please RSVP to Julie at Julierie87@gmail.com if you are coming to the party.

Trip is suitable for all

Google Maps 

Spring Lake Boat ramp:
N 41 58.695'  W 071 39.864'

From Rt. 146 North take Slatersville/Forestdale exit. At end of the ramp, take left onto School Street. School Street merges into Greene Street in Slatersville, next to white church. Greene Street then becomes Main
Street. Follow Main street until end at light at intersection with Route 102/Bronco Highway. Make a left onto Route 102. Follow Rt. 102 about 2 miles to Glendale. At Bella's Restuarant, on left, take left on to access
road. At end of road, turn right onto Victory Highway and first right onto Joslin Road. Take first left onto Spring Lake Road. Proceed about 1/2 mile and take left onto Black Hut Road - there is a sign to the beach here. Go past Spring Lake beach parking lot and follow Black Hut along the shore
line of the lake through a small lake front neighborhood. State boat launch will be on right at the bend in the road.

From Rt. 146 South: Take Slatersville/Forestdale exit. At end of ramp, turn right onto School Street. School Street merges into Greene Street in Slatersville, next to white church. Greene Street then becomes Main Street. Follow Main street until end at light at intersection with Route
102/Bronco Highway. Make a left onto Route 102. Follow Rt. 102 about 2 miles to Glendale. At Bella's Restaurant, on left, take left on to access road. At end of road, turn right onto Victory Highway and first right onto
Joslin Road. Take first left onto Spring Lake Road. Proceed about 1/2 mile and take left onto Black Hut Road - there is a sign to the beach here.  Go past Spring Lake beach parking lot and follow Black Hut along the shore line of the lake through a small lake front neighborhood. State boat launch will be on right at the bend in the road.

From Rt. 295 Take exit 8 B for Route 7 North. Follow Rt. 7 north about 7 miles to light at intersection with Route 102. Turn left onto 102. Follow Rt. 102 about 1 mile to Glendale. At Bella's Restaurant, on left, take
left on to access road. At end of road, turn right onto Victory Highway and first right onto Joslin Road. Take first left onto Spring Lake Road. Proceed about 1/2 mile and take left onto Black Hut Road - there is a sign to the beach here. Go past Spring Lake beach parking lot and follow Black Hut along the shore line of the lake through a small lake front neighborhood. State boat launch will be on right at the bend in the road.

Spring Lake Boat ramp: N 41 58.695'  W 071 39.864'

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August 27th Slatersville in North Smithfield.  Meet at 5:45 (due to the early sunset) - launching promptly at 6:00. Trip coordinators are Earl MacRae earlandpat@comcast.net and Jim Crowley crowbird888@msn.com

Join us for a paddle around Slatersville Reservoir and a stop after the paddle to nearby Gator's Pub to celebrate the end of another successful season.

Trip is suitable for all.

Slatersville Reservoir and the Branch River- North Smithfield (Slatersville)

41 59.223' N    71 36.035' W   

See this location in: Google Maps   

The Slatersville Fishing Area is located at 2890 Broncos Highway, Route 102, Burrillville, RI.

The Slatersville Fishing Area boat ramp sits on the upper part of Slatersville Reservoir, a 144-acre body of water with many interesting coves to explore. The Branch River, which is also navigable by small boats, flows into the southwest end of the reservoir. The east side of the reservoir is largely wooded, while the west side has more houses.

Stay away from the dam at the northeast end of the reservoir.  Water flows over the dam into the lower part of Slatersville Reservoir, dropping around 20 feet in the process.

Directions

 From the South (Rhode Island and the Providence Area)  Travel north on Route 146. Take Exit 14 for Forestdale/North Smithfield/Route 5/Route 102. At the end of the ramp turn right onto School Street.  Go 300 feet to the traffic light and turn left onto Victory Highway/Route 102/Route 146A.  Go straight on Victory Highway for about 3 miles. Turn left into the second dirt driveway for the Slatersville Fishing Area parking lot.


From the North (Northern RI and the Worcester Area)  Travel south on Route 146. Take Exit 14 for Forestdale/North Smithfield/Route 5/Route 102. At the end of the ramp turn right onto Victory Highway/Route 102/Route 146A.  Follow Victory Highway for about 3 miles.

Turn left into the second dirt driveway for the Slatersville Fishing Area parking lot.

For questions about the BVPC, Contact Cheryl stonefoxfarm75@gmail.com  401-497-5887. Membership is required. Click on the link to learn  how to join:  Membership link .  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.


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.

If the trip is cancelled due to weather we will try to offer it on the next day  (Wednesday). Check the message board for changes and cancellations to trips - flatwater message board

Please check the board before leaving for any trip.  We 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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End of our 2024 season, please join us on RICKA Flatwater trips until next May! Thank you all, for your participation and support of the club!































 Date and Location
Meet at 6:00- launching promptly at 6:15.
Trip coordinators:  

Trip is suitable for all or boats under 14 feet.


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.

If the trip is cancelled due to weather we will try to offer it on the next day  (Wednesday). Check the message board for changes and cancellations to trips - flatwater message board

Please check the board before leaving for any trip.  We 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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