Requirements for Blackstone Valley Paddlers Events

Questions ? Contact Cheryl StoneFoxFarm@cox.net 401-647-5887.  Complete BVPC Calendar  In the event of a last minute cancellation or modification to a paddle trip, please check the Message Board as well as your e-mail and the website for updates.  

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

BVPC Schedule:

 


May 20th Quinsigamond River, Grafton MA-Launching promptly at 6:15.  For questions contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Quinsigamond River- Riverview Apartments put-in.

 N 42 11 232    W071 41 652

 

Directions: Take Route 146 south into Sutton MA. After the traffic light on 146 and Boston road, prepare to exit on the next exit which is Central Turnpike. Take the Central Turnpike exit. Head east toward Northbridge. The road become Sutton road, continue straight east. At the stop sign at the five way intersection at Adam's Corner, continue straight. Drive down the big hill into Rockdale. The road comes to a  T intersection. Make a left onto route 122. Head North into Grafton.  Shortly after in Grafton 122 and 122A split. A Cumberland Farms store sits precariously in the middle. Stay on Route 122 (to the right) for another mile.  Turn left at the sign for RiverView Apartments.  Follow road 1/4 mile to end (it becomes a dirt road).


Driving Directions from Providence

Take Route 146 North. Drive past the three Northbridge exits, but after the Purgatory Rd. exit, begin to watch for the sign for Central Turnpike. Take the Central Turnpike exit. At the top of the ramp turn right and head east on Central Turnpike toward Northbridge. The road become Sutton road, continue straight east. At the stop sign at the five way intersection at Adam's Corner, continue straight. Drive down the big hill into Rockdale. The road comes to a T intersection. Make a left onto route 122. Head North into Grafton. Shortly after in Grafton 122 and 122A split. A Cumberland Farms store sits precariously in the middle. Stay on Route 122 (to the right) for another mile.  Turn left at the sign for RiverView Apartments.  Follow road 1/4 mile to end (it becomes a dirt road). Note: You can also follow 122 to get to the put in.

Alternate directions:    Directions: 146N take a right onto Boston Rd  ( Tony's Pizza on left)  Follow 1.2 miles to the end.  Take a right onto Providence Road or 122A South. At 1.8 miles, turn left onto Cross Street (it’ll be before the Valley Plaza Discount Liquor Plaza & sign). Take Cross Street (aptly named because it connects 122A to Route 122) to the end and turn left onto Route 122 North for 0.7 miles – turn left into Riverview Apartments and continue following the road (it’ll turn into a dirt road that takes you to the put in).

Note: if you miss the left turn onto Cross Street, and you get to the Cumberland Farms store & gas station (0.3 miles from Cross Street), you need to make a hard ‘V’ left turn onto 122N and proceed 1.0 miles to Riverview Apts on the left.

From the Worcester area: Those coming from the Worcester area take 146S and take a left onto Boston Rd (Tony's pizza on right)  and follow directions as above.

N 42 11 232 

W071 41 652



May 27th West River, Uxbridge MA.  Launching promptly at 6:15.
For questions contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887. Suitable for all levels of experience however this trip is more suited for boats 15 feet and shorter.

West River in Uxbridge, MA:

You'll have the chance to see lots of wildlife as you paddle upstream through this stretch of clean, clear flatwater. The West River, like the Nipmuc River has excellent water quality and is one of our rivers that is clean enough to swim in the Blackstone Valley. You definitely wouldn't mind falling into this section of the river! Also, no shuttling is necessary.

Directions: From 146 (North or South), take the Route 16 Exit. Take Rt. 16 East for 2 miles. You'll then pass through the Rt. 16/Rt. 122 intersection in downtown Uxbridge. Continue on Rt. 16 for 1 more mile. Look for a red building on the left. Take a left onto West River Road, the street immediately following the red building approximately 200 feet and park in the gravel lot on the right side of road. N42 05.049  W071 36.505



June 3rd River Bend Farm (note new put-in location below) Launching promptly at 6:15. For questions contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887. There will be a trip that is suitable for all levels of experience.

Ranger Night with Ranger Chuck Arning!

Paddle on the canal to historic Goat Hill lock or more experienced paddlers can paddle the  loop, down the river and then up the canal.

Video by Erik

Directions to Tri River Medical Center Parking Lot (this facility is next to River Bend Farm..  New put-in location.

 

Tri River Medical parking lot for the canal and Goat Hill Lock:

Blackstone River Canal and Rice City Pond- Uxbridge MA.
Paddle on the canal to historic Goat Hill lock and Rice City Pond and return. No shuttle needed.

We will be meeting at the Tri-River Medical Center Parking lot in Uxbridge MA located at :

281 E Hartford Ave
Uxbridge, MA 01569-1253
(508) 278-5573  Directions 


June 10th Nipmuc River , Harrisville, RI.  Launching promptly at 6:15. For questions contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887.

Nipmuc River and Harrisville Pond
Suitable for all ages and levels of experience.

This river, above the pond and above where the Clear River enters, is listed by the state as pristine water, the state's highest rating for water quality.  Note, if you choose the river route, there are numerous beaver dams to drag your boat over.

Nipmuc River Video - Erik

upper Nipmuc River Video- Erik

 

GPS coordinates for the put-in: N 41  58.258'     W071  40.738'

 



Directions from the South: Quickie directions: 146 North to Route 102 West to East Ave to Harrisville to Route 98 and the Harrisville Fishing Area just outside of town by the green bridge.

*More detail: Take Route 146 North (On 146 North, make sure you stay left when 146 and 146A split) to the Forestdale/Slatersville exit. At the top of the ramp turn right and then left at the light. This will turn into Route 102. Once you enter Burriville on Route 102, you will watch for East Avenue and a sign for Harrisville at a traffic light (it should be the second light at an intersection you come to.) Turn right and follow East Avenue all the way into Harrisville. When you enter the town you will drive over a bridge next to the dam. Turn right onto Route 98 at the next intersection. Just outside of town on Route 98, is a large green truss bridge. Park next to the bridge by the Harrisville Fishing Area Sign.


Directions from the North: Quickie directions: 146 South to Chocolog Rd. Right on 146A by Darling Farm. Right on 98 south to green truss bridge by Harrisville fishing area.

*More Detail: Take Route 146 South until you get to the Chocolog Rd. Exit. At the end of the ramp turn left onto Chocolog Rd. and head towards Route 146A and Uxbridge. By the Darling's Sewer service, turn right onto the Quaker Highway/Route 146A. Turn Right onto Route 98/Aldrich Street by the Little Texas Restaurant and the old Brick Quaker Meeting House. Drive about seven miles south on Route 98. During that seven miles, you will cross into Rhode Island. Watch for the large Sherman Farm because just after the farm is a large green truss bridge. We will be parking by the bridge. If you get to the Harrisville Fire Station, you have gone too far.


June 17th Whitehall Reservoir
Launching promptly at 6:15. For questions contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887.

Whitehall Reservoir  Hopkinton MA

 

Whitehall State Park

Whitehall Reservoir at one time served as a water supply for areas west of Boston, but with Quabbin Reservoir’s creation in 1939, drinking water from Whitehall was no longer needed, and the area eventually was turned into a state park. Its years of restricted access mean great boating today.

The park encompasses the reservoir’s entire shoreline but allows homeowners to erect small docks. From the water, the reservoir feels undeveloped and wild. The highly varied shoreline includes numerous deep coves and dozens of wonderful islands to explore. A few marshy areas occur along the mainly heavily wooded shoreline. The open and inviting woods invite picnicking. Mixed deciduous trees and conifers, typical of southern Massachusetts, along with mountain laurel and highbush blueberry, grow along the shore.

 Expect to see: mixed deciduous-conifer shorelines; some islands with Atlantic white cedar, spruce, tamarack.

Rte. 135, Hopkinton- Directions:.....495 N exit 21 to Hopkington
1.0 miles to light take a left onto Rt. 135 or Wood St. 2.6 miles  to Whitehall State Park on left.
GPS coordinates: N42 14.458'   W071 34.392'


This park consists almost entirely of water: the 592 acre Whitehall Reservoir was once used as a source of drinking water. The area offers boating, fishing, a public boat ramp, and hiking trails. Recreational Opportunities
Boating (all types), Boat Ramp, Canoeing, Fishing, Walking Trails.



June 24th Blackstone River and Canal Loop- Lincoln  Launching promptly at 6:15. For questions contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887.
  
*Rental Night- see below


 
A  fun, scenic paddle along the bike path in Lincoln or the more experienced can paddle the canal and river to make a loop trip. 
This trip is suitable for everyone.

Directions:   http://www.riparks.com/blacksto.htm

Check out Erik's video of the canal/ river loop

 

 Video 6/10/12

(North from Providence)
1. I-95 North to Route 146 in Providence
2. Route 146 North to Breakneck Hill Road (approximately 5 miles)
3. East on Breakneck Hill Road (Route 123) (approximately 2.5 miles)
4. Enter Bikeway Entrance on left on Route 123 in Lonsdale

(South from I-295)
1. Exit 9 on I-295, South on Route 146 (approximately 3 miles to Breakneck
Hill Road ).
2. East on Breakneck Hill Road (Route 123) (approximately 2.5 miles).
3. Enter Bikeway Entrance on left off Route 123 in Lonsdale.
 

*Rentals: We have rental boats available for people on select Tuesday evenings from our vendor Blackstone Valley Outfitters (Membership requirements are waived for those paddlers renting boats on our rental nights) We have a limited number of kayaks and canoes that may be reserved for a  fee.  To reserve a boat, call Blackstone Valley Outfitters at.(401) 312-0369.  Call to leave a message with your request (kayak or canoe), and they will return your call with a confirmation.   Blackstone Valley Outfitters will drop off your boat at the paddle location and bring it back to their shop after the paddle. 




July 1st- Hopedale Pond  Launching promptly at 6:15. For questions contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887.

The town was settle in 1842 as a Utopian socialist commune and evolved into the home of the Draper Corp, at one time the world's largest manufacturere of automatic cotton looms. Hopedale has an area of only 5 square miles, a population of about 6,000 and is located in the Blackstone Valley.
Massachusetts maps showing Hopedale's location.

(info gathered from http://hope1842.com/)


Directions: From Route 146 North or South: Take Route 16 Exit.  Follow Route 16 East for about nine miles, through Uxbridge and Mendon into Hopedale. At first traffic light in Hopedale, turn left onto Hopedale Street.  Follow Hopedale Street north for about 3/4 of a mile, passing massive Draper Loom Mill on left.  Canoe launch is on left.

From Route 495 North or South: Take Exit 20 for Route 85 south.  Follow Route 85 for one mile to intersection with Route 16.  Turn right on Rt. 16 west and proceed about 2 miles to light at Hopedale Street.  Turn right onto Hopedale Street.  Follow Hopedale Street north for about 3/4 of a mile, passing massive Draper Loom Mill on left.  Canoe launch is on left, just past The Little Red Shop.



July 8th- Manville Dam- *Rental Night  Launching promptly at 6:15. For questions contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887.

Ranger Night with Ranger Kevin Klyberg

Put-in and paddle upstream (right) and then return. N41 58.328  W071 28.231


Blackstone River From 295 No. take exit 10. Turn right and go 5 lights to Manville Hill Road (about 3 miles).
From 295 So. take exit 10. Turn right and go 4 lights to Manville Hill Road (about 2 3/4 miles).
Turn left onto Manville Hill Road and go down the hill about 3/4 of a mile and look for the quarry entrance on the right. Turn in and then turn left into a small field and park. If you go over the bridge and come to a light you have gone too far.
 

Alternate directions: From the north (Worcester): follow route 146 south to the lights in North Smithfield.  Take a left onto Sayles Hill Road.  (Directions from the south begin here)  Follow Sayles hill Rd. to the intersection with Route 123.  At this intersection , bear right.(123 S)  then Take a left onto Main St. (hard to see due to tree growth around the street sign) .  Follow Main St. until it ends at an intersection just before the bridge. Continue straight through the intersection and onto the bridge, you are now on Manville Hill Road.  Take your first left after the bridge onto the Manville Quarry Property.  Take the first left into the parking area, the launch is on the right.
 
From the South (Providence):  Travel North on Route 146 to the lights in North Smithfield.  Take a right onto Sayles Hill Road. See directions from the north to complete your trip.


*Rentals: We have rental boats available for people on select Tuesday evenings from our vendor Blackstone Valley Outfitters (Membership requirements are waived for those paddlers renting boats on our rental nights) We have a limited number of kayaks and canoes that may be reserved for a  fee.  To reserve a boat, call Blackstone Valley Outfitters at.(401) 312-0369.  Call to leave a message with your request (kayak or canoe), and they will return your call with a confirmation.   Blackstone Valley Outfitters will drop off your boat at the paddle location and bring it back to their shop after the paddle. 



July 15th  Charles River and Populatic Pond   Launching promptly at 6:15. For questions contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887.

Charles River  & Populatic Pond- Norfolk to Medway/Franklin MA  

GPS coordinates are: N 42 07.906 W 71 21.801

 Suitable for all level of experience. The river is narrow and more suitable for boats 15 feet and shorter.

The Charles River affords canoeing, kayaking and fishing opportunities in Franklin,  MA, especially where the river moves past picturesque Populatic Pond, a recreational body of water open to non-motorized boating. 

waters-edge

The pond connects to the Charles River and straddles the border between the three adjacent Towns of Franklin, MA, Medway, MA and Norfolk, MA.  You can paddle down the Charles River onto Populatic Pond or continue on the Charles as it moves downstream through the towns of Medfield and Millis and beyond

 Rt.495 North to exit 16 King St/Franklin. RIGHT onto King St. towards
 Franklin/Medway  Go approx. 1.3 miles to a set of lights.  Go straight thru and the  road now  becomes Chestnut St.  Follow for approx. 2.9 miles and take a left  onto  Myrtle St.  Go approx 1.4 miles and take left onto River Rd.   Parking on side  of road. 

Those taking 495 south, same exit # but take a LEFT onto King st.

Many twists and turns. Long boats not recommended.  




July 22nd Slatersville Reservior  Launching promptly at 6:15. For questions contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887.

Slatersville Reservoir North Smithfield RI

This trip provides a nice paddle through a flatwater section of upper Slatersville Reservoir and then a stretch of the Branch River.

GPS Coordinates: N41 59. 243   W071 36.073

Directions from North: From 146 South, take the Slatersville exit.

Take a right off the ramp onto Great Road/Victory Highway. Travel approximately 1.5 miles. Go straight through the light, continuing on Victory Highway (Route 102), and travel another mile. You'll see a DEM sign for the Slatersville Boat Launch on left-hand side. Park in the dirt lot on the left (adjacent to the Slatersville Fishing Club Parking Lot). If you get to the Burrillville town line you have gone too far.

Directions from South: From 146 North, take the Slatersville Exit. Make a left off the ramp onto School Street. Travel 1.25 miles and merge (left) onto Greene Street. Travel straight on Greene St. (which becomes Main St.) for another 1.25 miles. Take a left onto Victory Highway (Route 102). Less than ¸ mile on left is a DEM Sign for Slatersville Boat Launch. Park in the dirt parking area on the left- hand side. If you get to the Burrillville town line you have gone too far.


July 29th Providence River   Launching promptly at 6:15. For questions contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887.

 Bold Point, East Providence

Access to the Providence River and the Seekonk River.

Kayak skirts are recommended for the crossing.

Leaving the put-in you will head northwest towards the hurricane barrier. On the left you will pass century old pier pilings (caution, some may be just below the surface). Entering 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.

Rounding the corner, passing tugboats on your right, you pass through the barrier and enter the quiet Providence River. The electric company will be on your left and great views of the city ahead. After passing under the first bridge you are in and under the city. Waterfire braziers line the center of the river. The Providence court house and RI School of Design (RISD) are on your right. Passing under more bridges you come to the confluence of the Woonasqatucketand Moshassuck Rivers.

Bearing to the left you come into Water Place Park. The Providence Mall is in front of you. Paddle under the mall and the train tracks and continue up river until you run out of water. It is best to do this section at higher tides.

Directions:Take 195 east to exit 5, Warren Avenue. Turn right at bottom of ramp onto Warren Avenue and follow to end (1/8 mile). Turn left onto Waterfront Drive and follow to the end. Bold Pont is right in front of you.


Bold Point  N 41.813962 W 71.390233



August 5th Valley Falls Marsh- Rental Night   Launching promptly at 6:15. For questions contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887.

Rentals: We have rental boats available for people on select Tuesday evenings from our vendor Blackstone Valley Outfitters (Membership requirements are waived for those paddlers renting boats on our rental nights) We have a limited number of kayaks and canoes that may be reserved for a  fee.  To reserve a boat, call Blackstone Valley Outfitters at.(401) 312-0369.  Call to leave a message with your request (kayak or canoe), and they will return your call with a confirmation.   Blackstone Valley Outfitters will drop off your boat at the paddle location and bring it back to their shop after the paddle. 




August 12th Spring Lake- Game Night and we will enjoy cake as well.  Launching promptly at 6:15. For questions contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887.

Ranger Night with Ranger Kevin Klyberg

Suitable for all levels of experience  

For the Spring Lake Party and paddle, we will put in at the boat ramp on Black Hut Road.

Spring Lake, is a nostalgic treasure, located in the Town Burrillville.  Spring Lake was created at the turn of the century as a summer recreational area and continues to serve the needs of many folks seeking summer relaxation and fun!  Paddle boats, an ice cream stand, spring-fed lake, volleyball on the beach, and best of all, the penny arcade with antique arcade games.

 

Come ready to play!! Bring your bathing suit,  toys & games".

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 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. 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.

 



August 19th North Branch of the Pawuxet River- Hope,RI. Join us as we visit another watershed tonight. We venture into the Pawtuxet River watershed this evening for a paddle on this very clean river and up to the Scituate Reservoir.  Launching promptly at 6:15. For questions contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887.

Upper Pawtuxet River, Hope RI

Suitable for all boats and levels of experience. 
Hope Landing Access. Rt.116 to Hope Furnace Road, access to upper Pawtuxet River.

You may paddle up to the Scituate Reservoir and back again. The water is very clean, coming directly from the reservoir. A 4 mile round trip. 

Coming from the North, travel on Route 116 South into the village of Hope, in the town of Scituate. Just past the junction of Rt. 115, look for the bridge crossing the river. Turn right onto Hope Furnace Road. The access to Hope landing is down a short gravel drive.

Coming from the South travel on Route 116 North into the village of Hope, in the town of Scituate. The access, Hope Landing, will be on your left just after entering Scituate, before the bridge crossing the river. Drive down a short gravel drive onto Hope Furnace Road.  GPS Coordinates: N41 43.868  W071 33.930.


End of Season