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BVPC 2016 Calendar  


Membership year ended on March 31st!  Click on the membership page.

Blackstone Valley Paddle Club


The Blackstone Valley Paddle Club was awarded the prestigous George Hartzog Award for "Outstanding Volunteer Group" in the Northeast Region of the National Park Service. The region is comprised of parks and programs from Maine to West Virginia!
 6/16/16  Photo by Henry Dziadosz

In announcing the award, National Park Service Northeast Regional Director Michael Caldwell stated that, "The contribution of these volunteers exemplify the spirit of volunteerism and a deep commitment to national parks. They demonstrate the power of collaboration, the value of partnerships, the importance of serving communities, and what determination and dedication can accomplish."

(The BVPC is a non-profit that partners with RICKA and the NPS)


2016! Join us for our 16th season when we explore a different waterway every Tuesday night in the Blackstone River Valley. Improve your paddling skills, find the best paddling locations in the valley, learn about water quality, and enjoy a relaxing evening on the water. We launch at 6:15 PM each Tuesday night May through August. 

The Blackstone Valley Paddle Club was formed by the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Canoe & Kayak Association. Blackstone Valley Outfitters is the vendor of choice for the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club. 

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 this year.  Please pay your dues in advance.

Please make all checks payable to RICKA or you can pay easily and securely with PayPal


Blackstone Paddlers Safety Standards  Please print and bring to your first paddle



Please mail to: 

RI Canoe and Kayak Association., Inc.
P.O. Box 184
Hope Valley, RI 02832
Questions?   Contact Cheryl at  stonefoxfarm@cox.net  or 401-647-5887

The Blackstone Valley Outfitters will be closing their doors for good after 10 years of adventures. Here's what they have to say...

To all our friends at Blackstone Valley Outfitters, with a sad heart I have to tell you that we will be closing our doors this month.

To you, I offer a sale of 40% off boats & 60% off all other stock, plus savings on our rental gear. Thanks for an adventurous 10 years.

Many new adventures .


Look for our "Ranger Nights" every month when we are  guided by National Park Service Rangers on interpretive paddles.

We are also featuring a  monthly paddle outside the valley, check them out!


  Get on the River- Self Guided Tours of the Blackstone River


Who are our dedicated Paddle Club leaders that make the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club possible?  Click here for their names and contact information. We have an outstanding group of all volunteer leaders committed to offering paddling and training opportunities here in the Blackstone Valley. 


Blackstone Valley Paddle Club's partners are the RI Canoe & Kayak Association, the National Park Service & our new vendor The Blackstone Valley Outfitters!

The Blackstone Valley Outfitters were voted "Best Outfitter in New England" They are in the Best of New England Yankee Magazine issue that can out late April 2012 (page 100).



NPS Headquarters at One Depot Square, Woonsocket RI- Photo by Cheryl




 High water information links for the Blackstone River Valley - please check frequently for most current information   http://www.blackstonealert.com/


Keep it Safe…Keep it Fun


Trips!  Self Guided tours   What to Wear   Weather     
Canoe recovery  Erik Lightning facts   Video of 2006 trips - Erik Preventing boating injuries


Check out Erik's video on the Blackstone!

 Blackstone Valley Paddle Club wins award

 Fish Ladders on the Blackstone

 Mass Wildlife Pond Maps

Aquatic Nuisance Species Harm Northeast Region


All Cancellations & postponements of RICKA Flatwater  trips & the Blackstone Valley  Paddle Club trips will be posted on the website & sent out on our e-mail list. Please check your e-mail before leaving for a trip.  To sign up for the e-mail list, send an e-mail to stonefoxfarm@cox.net  and write "Join BVPC list" in the subject line or use the link below to subscribe.

Any paddle sport is an assumed risk sport. Some aspects of canoeing and kayaking involve the risk  of serious injury or death. The Blackstone Valley Paddle Club and Rhode Island Canoe/Kayak Association (Rhode Island Canoe Association, Inc.), although safety conscious, cannot guarantee your personal safety in club activities. Each participant is responsible for his or her own training in boating and rescue techniques, equipment, and personal well-being when engaging in or attending club-organized activities.

Please note that PFDs (life vests) are required on all RICKA trips including: flatwater, sea kayaking, whitewater and the Blackstone Paddler's  trips.  There are no exceptions. Note: Inflatable PFDs (life vests) are not acceptable for paddling on  RICKA Flatwater trips or Blackstone Valley Paddle Club trips. 


Subscribe to RICKA_FLATWATER  the email list that serves the Blackstone Paddlers





The wooden canoe "The William Blackstone" was built by the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club. 


Trips and details!   


 National Park Service, two state governments, dozens of local municipalities, businesses, nonprofit historical and environmental organizations, educational institutions, many private citizens, and a unifying commission all work together in partnerships to protect the Valley's special identity and prepare for its future.

Blackstone Valley Division of Tourism

Woonsocket !