Repoquirements for Blackstone Valley Paddlers Events

Questions ? Contact Cheryl StoneFoxFarm@cox.net 401-497-5887.  Complete BVPC Calendar  In the event of a last mailto: stonefoxfarm@Juno.comminute 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 16th - Kick off paddle to our 17th year!!  Blackstone Gorge with a twist. Blackstone MA.  Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15.



Trip is suitable for all!

We will put in at our usual Gorge launch and then take  a different route for this paddle.  Naturalist Julie Riendeau will be giving a brief talk before the paddle!
BVPC leader for the evening is Earl MacRae
 earlandpat@comcast.net.

 
 For questions about the BVPC contact Cheryl at 401-497-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 

The Blackstone Gorge : GPS Coordinates: N42 00.923     W071 33.165

66 County Street, Blackstone MA


Directions from the North: Route 146 South: Take the Forrestdale/ Slatersville exit. At the top of the ramp turn left, then right at light onto Rt. 146A. At next intersection with traffic light turn left onto St. Paul Street. Follow St. Paul street until end at light at Route 122 (Main Street) in Blackstone Mass. Take left at light. Follow Rt. 122 North for about 1 mile. You will see brown and white sign directing you to turn left onto County Street towards Blackstone Gorge. Gorge is at end of County Street, parking lot on left.

Directions from the South: Take Route 146 North to the Slatersville/Forestdale exit. Take a right at the top of the exit ramp, then right at light onto Rt. 146A. At next intersection with traffic light turn left onto St. Paul Street. Follow St. Paul street until end at light at Route 122 (Main Street) in Blackstone Mass. Take left at light. Follow Rt. 122 North for about 1 mile. You will see brown and white sign directing you to turn left onto County Street towards Blackstone Gorge. Gorge is at end of County Street, parking lot on left.


Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.   In the event of a cancellation, we will try to offer this paddle on the Wednesday after the scheduled paddle.


May 23rd  New Location on the Mumford River!  Northbridge MA.
 Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15. The Blackstone Heritage Corridor will be hosting us this evening at their new location on Linwood Avenue in Whitinsville.

Trip is suitable for all!

 

 For questions about the BVPC contact Cheryl at 401-497-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 



Park on the side of the road near address 614 Linwood Avenue Northbridge MA. (this is the address my GPS gave me while sitting in the parking area, if this does not work for you, try Whitinsville)




Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.  In the event of a cancellation, we will try to offer this paddle on the Wednesday after the scheduled paddle.

May 30th  Chocolateville  Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15.

Trip is suitable for all!

 

 For questions about the BVPC contact Cheryl at 401-497-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 

Blackstone River at Chocolateville

Chocolateville Landing Central Falls

 
We will put in at the Chocolateville Landing and paddle up to Valley Falls. This is a pretty section of the Blackstone River that rarely gets paddled. The put-in is on Charles Street at the intersection with Roosevelt Avenue (37 Charles Street, Central Falls, RI   41.888221, -71.3822850).
 
From 95 North, take Exit 30 toward East Street/Central Falls.  Merge on to Fountain Street.  Turn left on to East Street.  Turn left on to Roosevelt Avenue. Turn right on to Charles Street just after the bridge.

From 95 South, take Exit 30 for Roosevelt Avenue toward Central Falls.  Merge on to Middle Street, and take a quick right on to Roosevelt Avenue.  Turn right on to Charles Street just after the bridge.

There is a pull-off for unloading boats that will hold 2 or 3 cars, but there is NO other parking at the put-in.  You will need to move your car after unloading and find on-street parking in the neighborhood nearby. That will result in a walk of at least a couple of blocks.

After unloading we will have to have folks move their cars so others can pull in.  There is no on-street parking near the put-in on Charles Street or Roosevelt Avenue, so people will need to go up about a block and park on a side street.  


Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.  In the event of a cancellation, we will try to offer this paddle on the Wednesday after the scheduled paddle.


June 6th   West River in Upton MA
Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15.



Trip is suitable for all!


 For questions about the BVPC contact Cheryl at 401-497-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 

West River in Upton

For this section of West River parking area is on the left just before Town DPW Garage on 100 Pleasant Street in Upton, MA.

Directions are : Rt 122 through Uxbridge into Northbridge. Take right at Church Street towards Plummers Landing (Burger King at light on left). Follow .75 mile 
(over Blackstone River) to end and take left onto Quaker Street. Follow about 2.5 miles (Quaker St. becomes Pleasant Street)  and parking area will be on left just before traffic light and before DPW Garage on right.



Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.  In the event of a cancellation, we will try to offer this paddle on the Wednesday after the scheduled paddle.
June 13th Hopedale Pond and river in Hopedale MA

 Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15.


Trip is suitable for all!


 For questions about the BVPC contact Cheryl at 401-497-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 


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/



 
79 Hopedale Road, Hopedale MA 

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.


Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.  In the event of a cancellation, we will try to offer this paddle on the Wednesday after the scheduled paddle.


June 20th Nipmuc River- Harrisville RI

 Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15.



Trip is suitable for all!

 BVPC leaders for the evening are Julie and Steve Riendeau juliebrv@charter.net 


 For questions about the BVPC contact Cheryl at 401-497-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 

Nipmuc River and Harrisville Pond

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'

50 Sherman Farm Rd, Burriville, RI (Harrisville)

 

 

Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.   In the event of a cancellation, we will try to offer this paddle on the Wednesday after the scheduled paddle.

June 27th  Valley Falls Marsh and the Blackstone River Cumberland, RI
Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15.



Trip is suitable for all!

 BVPC leaders for the evening are Lee Parham  508-286-5999 and Manny Terezakis egterezakis@gmail.com

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 Street. 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.


 For questions about the BVPC contact Cheryl at 401-497-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 



Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.  In the event of a cancellation, we will try to offer this paddle on the Wednesday after the scheduled paddle.

July 5th Note this is a Wednesday evening paddle due to the holiday. Smith & Sayles Reservoir, Glocester RI

 Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15.



Trip is suitable for all!


BVPC leader for the evening is Cheryl Thompson 401-497-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com

Smith and Sayles Reservoir - Glocester, RI

Take 295 North or South to exit 7B Greenville, Route 44 west. Follow route 44 west for 9.1 miles. Turn left onto Chestnut Hill Road. Follow Chestnut Hill Road for .8 mile until you come to Sand Dam Road on the left. Portions of this road are not paved, follow for one tenth of a mile until you come to the state access on your left. 
Chestnut Hill Road is in the Chepachet district of Glocester. It is always best to refer to a map or map quest .
GPS Coordinates are: N41 53.804  W071 40.685


Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.  In the event of a cancellation, we will try to offer this paddle on the day after the scheduled paddle.


July 11th Manville Quarry
 Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15.

Trip is suitable for all!

 

 For questions about the BVPC contact Cheryl at 401-497-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 

Manville Dam Paddle


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


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.


Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.  In the event of a cancellation, we will try to offer this paddle on the Wednesday after the scheduled paddle.

July 18th Providence River
 Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15.

Trip is suitable for all!


 For questions about the BVPC contact Cheryl at 401-497-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 

Bold Point, East Providence

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 theWoonasqatucket 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.

Bold Point  N 41 48 928     W 071 23. 431   Google Maps 

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.

 

Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.  In the event of a cancellation, we will try to offer this paddle on the Wednesday after the scheduled paddle.

July 25th  Lincoln Woods, Lincoln RI
Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15.

Image result for lincoln woods

Trip is suitable for all!

 

 For questions about the BVPC contact Cheryl at 401-497-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 

Lincoln Woods state park.Olney Pond 

Directions: Take the Twin River Road exit from route 146 and follow the signs.  

Turn right onto the ring road in the park ( you have to).

Follow  a few miles to get to the state boat ramp. 

Lincoln woods put in- boat ramp -   N 41 53 370   W 071 25 684


Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.   In the event of a cancellation, we will try to offer this paddle on the Wednesday after the scheduled paddle.
August 1st Manchaug Pond in Sutton MA
 Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15.

Trip is suitable for all! There is a nice sand bar for swimming too!


 For questions about the BVPC contact Cheryl at 401-497-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 

Manchaug Pond in Sutton

corrections made 7/19/11

From Rt. 146 North or South take Exit 5
and head west (from the South this will be a LEFT and from the North you will turn RIGHT) to Manchaug on Whitins Road.

Continue several miles to fork of Parker Rd. and Manchaug Rd. Take left fork onto Parker to end, and then a right. Boat Ramp is on left. 

GPS coordinates: N42 05.533    W071 46.040


Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.  In the event of a cancellation, we will try to offer this paddle on the Wednesday after the scheduled paddle.
August 8th Slatersville
Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15.

Trip is suitable for all!

 For questions about the BVPC contact Cheryl at 401-497-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 

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

2890 Broncos Highway, Burriville, RI

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.


Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.   In the event of a cancellation, we will try to offer this paddle on the Wednesday after the scheduled paddle.

August 15th  Lacky Dam    Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15.

Trip is suitable for all!

 BVPC leaders for the evening are Julie and Steve juliebrv@charter.net 

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    

Address 30 Lacky Dam Road, Sutton MA


 For questions about the BVPC contact Cheryl at 401-497-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 


Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.  In the event of a cancellation, we will try to offer this paddle on the Wednesday after the scheduled paddle.



August 22nd   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. RSVP form  sign up form .

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


For questionsabout the BVPC contact Cheryl at 401-497-5887 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'

 


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

August 29th Stump Pond Paddle with an after paddle get together at the nearby Thirsty Beaver  Smithfield, RI  Meet at 6:00 launching promptly at 6:15.

Trip is suitable for all!

 BVPC leader for the evening is Cheryl Thompson.

 For questions about the BVPC contact Cheryl at 401-497-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com 


71 Log Road, Smithfield RI

 Woonasquatucket Reservoir is a 300-acre reservoir on the Woonasquatucket River. It is sometimes called Stillwater Reservoir and also Stump Pond from the days, now long past, when there were standing dead trees in the water from when the land was flooded to make the reservoir. There are some houses near the shore, but overall the shoreline is surprisingly natural given its suburban setting.

Directions:  Rt. 95 to 146 to 116 South/Lincoln Mall exit (from Providence, North Providence or Pawtucket take the Douglas Pike Rt. 7 North and turn left on 116). At the Junction with 104 stay on 116, taking a left and then a quick right. Go past the police station and over the bridge that divides the pond. Immediately before the Dairy Mart and liquor store plaza take a sharp right onto Log Road.

Bear right at the yield sign and then turn right into the Stump Pond Fishing Area Access. 

N41 54. 086   W071 32. 778 


Please check the Message Board for updates and cancellations before leaving for the trip.  In the event of a cancellation, we will try to offer this paddle on the Wednesday after the scheduled paddle.

September 17th  BVPC is offering a paddle for the GO Program.  All membership requirements are waived and all are welcome. Blackstone River above the Gorge in Blackstone MA

Trip coordinators:  Julie and Steve Riendeau juliebrv@charter.net   
and Cheryl Thompson 401-497-5887- st onefoxfarm@juno.com

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



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End of 2017 Season, please join us on the RICKA Flatwater paddles!