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 10th  Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15
Joint SNEP and BVPC trip on the North Branch of the Pawtuxet River in Hope- Leaders: Rosco cskurka@cox.net and Cheryl at 401-647-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com

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. 

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.  

PS Coordinates: N41 43.868  W071 33.930


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May 17th West River in Upton -Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15
   Leaders: Julie and Steve-juliebrv@charter.net

Directons to come!

Questions about the BVPC?  contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com  Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.


May 24th Quinsigamond Riverview Apts- Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15

Leader: Linda

lkonvalinka@hotmail.com



Questions about the BVPC?  contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com  Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.

Suitable for boats under 15 feet.

Quinsigamond River- Riverview Apartments.

 N 42 11 232    W071 41 652

Street Address is:  8 Riverview Apartments, Grafton town, MA

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.

 


May 31 Lacky Dam- Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15
Leader:  Cheryl 401-647-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 
 and Earl
earlandpat@comcast.net

Lackey Dam Paddle and The Mumford River

Take 146 north into Whitensville, take the exit that reads Lackey Dam Road/Whitensville. At end of exit take a right, follow road approximately 1/2 mile to the dam.  Parking is available on the service road to the dam. Paddle through Lackey Pond into the Mumford river.  N42 06.184  W071 41.394



Questions: contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com  Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.


June 7th Nipmuc River-  Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15

(The Bridge is closed on both sides of the road, not allowing us access to the launch, stay tuned for updates on this trip)

Leaders: Julie juliebrv@charter.net  and Erik  eckilson@cox.net 401-765-1741

Questions: contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com  Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.

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 14th Ranger Night- River Bend Loop Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15.
We will be joined by NPS Rangers for this trip!

Leader: Frank frankcortesa@charter.net 508-369-8205



Questions about the BVPC?  contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com  Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.

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 River Bend Farm:

 

GPS coordinates:  N 42 05 641  W071 37 442

From Rt. 146 North or South: Take the exit for Rt. 16 East. Follow Rt. 16 East for about three miles into downtown Uxbridge. At light turn right and immediate left, to continue on Rt. 16 East. After light, continue to second left. Turn left onto Oak Street. Proceed north on Oak Street for about 1.5 miles, staying right at fork by school. River Bend Farm is on the right. The parking lot is next to the red barn.



June 21st  New Trip! Chocolateville-  Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15
Leader: Erik Eckilson eckilson@cox.net 401-765-1741


Questions: contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 
Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.



June 28th Seekonk River-  Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15
Leader Rosco cskurka@cox.net

Questions about the BVPC Contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 
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Seekonk River in Pawtucket

First, paddle about 1/2 north first to get a spectacular view of the Pawtucket Falls on the Lower Blackstone. Then turn around and head for Bold Point (about 5 miles).    The name Pawtucket means "Great Falls".

Please check a map or use mapquest before leaving for the trip.

GPS coordinates:  N 41 52 159   W071 22 816

The paddle will take place at Festival Pier, aka School Street Pier, on the Seekonk River, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Directions from Route 95 North. Take exit 28 (SCHOOL STREET EXIT) at bottom of exit go right . Follow for .02 of a mile to Tim Healey Way - on your right after the light.. Follow Tim Healey Way  to the river. 

*Directions from 146 South. Take 146 South crossing into RI. Take the exit towards BRANCH Ave. 
Turn left onto Branch Ave. Merge onto 95 North (2.9 miles).  Take exit 28 (SCHOOL STREET EXIT) at bottom of exit go right . Follow for .02 of a mile to Tim Healey Way on your right after the light.. Follow Tim Healey Way down to the river.


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July 5th Whitehall Reservoir Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15. Leaders: Louise weezrad@yahoo.com  and Frank  frankcortesa@charter.net 508-369-8205


For questions about the BVPC Contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 

Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.

Whitehall Reservoir  Hopkinton MA
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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.



July 12th Ranger Night at Slatersville Resevoir and the Branch River . Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15. We will be joined by NPS Rangers for this Trip!


F
or questions about the BVPC Contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com .Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.

 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 19th Valley Falls- Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15.

Leaders Lee leeoparham@gmail.com 774-266-0709 amd Frank frankcortesa@charter.net 508-369-8205

Questions: contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com  . Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.

Cumberland RI

A very scenic paddle for paddlers of all abilities. Enjoy the scenic marsh and a paddle up the Blackstone to the Pratt Dam.

GPS Coordinates: N41 53.907  W071 23.392

Directions from Worcester

Take Route 146 South onto Rhode Island. Take 295 North to Route 114 South (Exit 11). Take Route 114 south, this road is also called High street. Take High Street all the way to the end. Turn right on Mill street and drive down to Broad street. Town Hall Cumberland will be on your right. Turn left onto Broad Street and cross bridge into Central Falls. Take first right onto Maderia Ave. Docks immediately on right.

Directions from Providence 

Take Route 146 North to Route 116. Take 116 North over the Ashton Viaduct to Mendon Road which is also Route 122. Turn right and head south along 122. When you see stop and shop on your right, turn left at the next traffic light onto Ann and Hope Way. Drive up the hill over the P&W tracks and past Ann and Hope. Turn right onto Broad Street. Take Broad street south and watch for the Cumberland town hall on your left (a Big Brick Building with yellow capped tower) - cross bridge into Central Falls. Take first right onto Maderia Ave. Docks immediately on right.


July 26th  Providence River- Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15.

For questions about the BVPC cpmtact Cheryl at 401-647-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 
Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.

Leaders Cheryl 401-647-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com  and Bob rmartin19@gmail.com

Bold Point, East Providence

Access to the Providence 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 Woonasqatucket and 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 2nd Manville Dam- Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15.


Leader: Erik Eckilson eckilson@cox.net 401-765-1741

Questions about the BVPC?  Contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887 o



Fpr questions about the BVPC contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 
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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 entrance on the right. Turn in 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 .  Take your first left after the bridge onto the property. 
 
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.


August 9th Ranger Night at Hopedale Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15.  We will be joined by NPS Rangers for this Trip!


Questions about the BVPC contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 
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78 Hopedale Street, Hopedale MA

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.



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.


August 16th Singletary Lake Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15.
Leaders: Louise weezrad@yahoo.com and Mike B dcumtb@yahoo.com

Questions: contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 
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Singletary Lake Sutton MA

NOTE:  Singletary Lake has invasive weeds.  To prevent spreading it to other  lakes and rivers be sure to clean even very small bits of vegetation from your boat before you leave the parking lot.  

GPS Coordinates: N42 10.168  W071 46.982

From the South: Take Rt. 146 North. Pass Exit 7 (Central Tpk). About a mile past the Exit 7 take a left at the traffic light onto Boston Rd. (Mobil and Bank of America on your right at this intersection).
Travel about 1.4 miles to a 4-way stop sign.
Turn right onto Singletary Ave. (road sign on the left says Uxbridge Rd), travel 9/10ths of a mile. Turn left onto Winwood Rd, continue onto Harris Ave.  Travel about 8/10ths on Winwood/Harris to the end. Turn left onto W Main St, travel less than 1/10th of mile,

Enter paved parking lot on the left. The boat ramp for Singletary Lake is at the far end of the parking lot. 

From the north:  Take Rt. 146 South Pass the Shoppes at Millbury on your right. Take exit 8 For W Main St. On the ramp, cross over Elmwood St and turn right onto W Main St. Follow W Main St for about 1.5 miles.  Cross Harris Ave and the parking lot is 1/10 mile on the left.  The boat ramp for Singletary Lake is at the far end of the parking lot.

From the east and west: Find your best route to 146 in Sutton and follow the above directions.


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August 23rd  Paddle and Party on Spring Lake- All are welcome! 
Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15.  We will put in and paddle around Spring lake to the waterfront home of Julie and Steve for a party.

Hosts and Leaders: Julie and Steve juliebrv@charter.net 



For questionsabout the BVPC contact Cheryl at 401-647-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 


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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September 25th Blackstone Gorge all invited for the GO program

66 County Street Blackstone MA

 

 

This is the end of the 2016 BVPC season. Please consider joining in on the RICKA Flatwater Paddles until we return next May!