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Schedule:

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May 25th Quinigaub River in Brooklyn CT- Meet at 9:30 for a 10:00 launch. Leaders: Skye and Steve scitamb.2@juno.com 

  Bring a lunch.

Trip is suitable for everyone. No shuttle needed, this will be an up and back trip.


 18 Day Street, Brooklyn CT 06234

N41° 48.161'   W071° 53.775'

 

Driving Directions:

 From Route 6, turn north at the traffic signal onto Day Street. There is a Citgo gas station and convenience store at the intersection. Drive 300 feet, then turn right at the signs for “Quinebaug River Canoe Trail” and Riverbend Apartments. Drive down the hill approximately 400 feet and bear left at the apartments. Turn right at the bottom of the hill into the parking lot. Parking & Access to the River River access is at the end of the parking lot on the left.


Site Description The Town Of Brooklyn Riverside Park Canoe Launch is very user friendly. Both novice and experienced paddlers can enjoy several hours here. The site is easy to find, has good parking, and can be used almost all year. It is a good place for fishing and a picnic although there are no restroom facilities. Paddlers can travel three to four miles upstream and then return back downstream to the launch site.

The ramp is constructed of two-inch angular stone and is about 10 feet wide. At the bottom of the stone ramp there are several three by threefoot concrete slabs resting on the river bottom. Adjacent steeper slopes are cleared of underbrush and covered with wood chips to create river views.

This is intended to be a hand launch ramp; a locked cable prevents vehicular access. Nevertheless, be aware that small motorized boats do travel on this portion of the Quinebaug.


Paddling Upstream:
Due to the hazards of the dam, it’s unwise to paddle downstream toward the Route 6 bridge. Instead, head upriver for 4.4 miles toward the dam at Rogers Corporation. There are some houses with yards that extend down to the river as you paddle upstream but the banks are generally undeveloped.


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June 1st Quinebaug River Canoe Trail- Meet at 10:00 for a 10:30 launch.
Leader: Louise Price weezrad@yahoo.com

Suitable for all. Bring a lunch.

Quinebaug River Canoe Trail  Holland to East Brimfield and back. No shuttle up the river and back to put in 

Directions: From points South & East-  

From the intersection of Rt 20 & Rt 84, Take Rt 20 West. to Sturbridge. Go past Rt 131 on your left, Past Old Sturbridge Village. At the intersection of Rt 148 go 7/10ths of a mile further on Rt 20. Just past Streeter Point Recreation Area on your left (Riverview Ave), boat ramp is on your right (Old Streeter Rd). If you go past the lake (on both side of the road) you've gone too far. 

N 42 06 777    W 072 07 909

Paddling downstream to east brimfield lake boat Ramp This segment is 3.9 miles long with little current, extensive wildlife habitat, three picnic landings and no portages. Because current is not an issue, you can paddle downstream to East Brimfield Lake Boat Ramp and back. 

 Paddle conditions are best when flow is more than 50 cubic feet per second (or cfs), as measured by the online USGS Streamgage at East Brimfield. Below 20 to 30 cfs, it will be a scratchy and weedy ride.

There are three designated rest stops along the route for picnicking and relaxation.  For most of this trip, the river moves very slowly through meanders and is surrounded by extensive marshes. Once you enter the open water of East Brimfield Lake, stronger winds can be a factor.

Wildlife and beautiful scenery are plentiful. Watch for turtles, Great Blue Herons, Canada Geese, various ducks, red fox, hawks, turkeys and many songbirds. You may spot Bald Eagles during late winter and early spring.


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June 2nd  Switch Road AKA Mechanic Street- Wood River
 Leader Sharon Dragon  Meet at 9:30 for a 10:00 shuttle.
shdrag1@gmail.com 401-225-3942
 shuttle 

Bring portage wheels if you have them.

A beautiful and clean river. Suitable for all boats and levels of experience.  

Since the river below the put in is narrow and the banks wooded, downed trees across the river are always a possibility and such trees may force you to portage a short distance to get around the tree(s).

The Wood River below here is quiet, wooded, and scenic. Much of the river in this stretch is narrow and winding, but as you get closer to the Woodville Dam the river broadens out into a marshy pond, before narrowing down again for the final 1/4 mile before the dam. The Woodville Dam, 4.5 miles downriver from this put-in, can be portaged by taking out on the right above the dam, carrying across the bridge, and putting in on the left bank below the dam. 
From Woodville Dam it is another 2 1/2 miles to the take out at Alton Pond.

Switch Road Wood River Access Google Maps  

From Points north, take exit 3B off RTE 95. Continue for 1/2 mile to light where RTE 138 and RTE 3 join. Bear to the left and follow straight for .9 of a  mile to where RTE 138 turns west at a blinking light. At this blinking light, turn left on to Mechanic St. (Mechanic St becomes Switch Rd.)  The put in is about 1 mile down this road on your left. The put in is near the over pass of RTE 95.
 

N 41° 29.609 W 071° 42.957 

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June 8, 2019 at 10:30 Flatwater Leader Training
Contact: Erik Eckilson 617-794-0378 eckilson@cox.net
Have you ever thought about leading a trip, but you're not sure where to start.

The RICKA Flatwater Group and the Blackstone Heritage Corridor will be holding a Flatwater Leader Training/Volunteer Skills Workshop on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 10:30 in the conference room at the River Bend Farm Visitor Center in Uxbridge MA. 
This 3-hour training will start off with a classroom session covering the basics of planning and leading flatwater canoe/kayak trips including:

Selecting the trip location
Understanding and dealing with hazards
Selecting proper gear
Scouting
Recruiting help
Running the trip

After a break for lunch we will head out to the water to practice the skills we discussed in the class.  This session is open to new or experienced leaders, or anyone interested in learning about trip planning and logistics. Basic flatwater paddling skills are required.  All participants should bring their boat, paddle and PFD for the afternoon session.

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June 15th  Richmond Landing to Bradford-  Meet at 10:00 for a 10:30 shuttlePawcatuck at Richmond (Jay Cronan Access) to Bradford.
Coordinator is Erik Eckilson 617-794-0378 eckilson@cox.net

Bring a lunch.
An 8-mile trip. We will put in at the Jay Cronin Access in Richmond. For the first half of the trip, that river twists and turns though a pretty woodland, but we will need to maneuver over, under and around blwon-downed trees. For the second half of the trip below its convergence with the Wood River in Alton, the river opens up. The broken dam at Burdickville can be run or portaged. From there, it is an easy paddle down to the Bradford Landing.  

Direction - On Route 91 (Alton-Carolina Road) between Carolina and Wood River Junction, look for signs for this DEM fishing access site on the south side of the road, next to a bridge across the Wood River.
GPS coordinates:  41° 26.707' N    71° 40.873' W 
Closest physical address: 591 Alton Carolina Rd Charlestown, RI 0281


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 June 17th  Meeting on the Water at the Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Headquarters with a paddle to follow!  Meet at 6:00 Leader Pat Lardner pslardner@gmail.com  401-524-8057.

Trip is suitable for all.


Kassi from the Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association (WPWA) will do a short talk on the Wood-Pawcatuck Wild and Scenic Rivers designation prior to the paddle.  

We meet at the WPWA, 203 Arcadia Road, Hope Valley, RI.  

We will launch from there, no shuttle will be necessary, we will go up and back returning at the same location.
 


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June 22nd Taunton River- From Berkley Bridge south with a 1/2 hour stop @ Dighton Rock Museum. Meet at 8:30- Launching promptly at 9:00. No Shuttle required. Leader: Marty O'Loughlin -  maopao@comcasst.net 508-336-9592
Total time 3 hours.

Directions:
Taunton River – Berkley Bridge Village Heritage Park

GPS   41˚ 50.068’ N   71˚ 6.419’W

From Providence east on route 44.
After entering Taunton take the first right after Segregansett Country Club (0.4 mile) onto Burt St./Williams St.
After 2.6 miles turn left onto Center St.  After 2.5 miles you will cross the Taunton River on the Berkley Bridge.
The launch site is immediately on your right.

The park has picnic tables and a port-a-party.  There is room to park 10 vehicles.  Off site parking is available on Elm St. and at Bristol Aggie School.

Berkley Bridge is located between Taunton (Route 44) and Fall River (Routes 6 and 195),just off of Route 138.  There are several routes of travel, but the one listed above seems to be the most direct.


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 PADDLING & CAMPING WEEK   June 22-29  Leader:  Louise Price     Weezrad @ yahoo.com   Any questions, please contact me  via E-mail                                      


Join us for a week of paddling some of New Hampshire's wild and scenic paddling destinations
CAMPING:  AMES BROOK CAMPGROUND
104 Winona Rd
Ashland, N.H. 03217
Phone  603 968 7998
E-mail:  Info @ Ames Brook.com

Reservations are up to each individual

FUN & games:  There is a great variety of paddling destination including rivers, bogs and lakes.Hiking, shopping, touring should you choose.
                           
FOOD;  Bring your own food and supplies for the week.  There is a good grocery store 10 minutes from the campground and a lot of nice restaurants nearby.

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June 23rd  Big River Coventry RI .  Meet at 9:00 for a 9:30 launch. Leaders:  Deb Britt Botherbird@gmail.com and Cheyl Thompson 401-497-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com

Bring a lunch. Trip is not suitable for kayaks over 15 feet.  Narrow and twisty river. Paddle upstream against the current and then return with the current to the put-in.

Zeke's Bridge state access. N41 39 906  -   W071 37 115

Directions from 95 South.. Take exit 6 To Rt. 3 north ( DO NOT take exit 6-A or 6-B Hopkins Hill Road) Take a right at the bottom of the exit and follow 3 North for about a mile and a half. Take a left onto Harkney Hill Road. Follow for a little over a mile and look for the access for Zekes Bridge.

Directions from 95 North, Take exit 6 to Rt. 3 north. ( DO NOT take exit 6-A or 6 B Hopkins Hill Road) Take a left at the bottom of the exit and follow 3 North for about a mile and a half. Take a left onto Harkney Hill Road. Follow for a little over a mile and look for the access for Zekes Bridge.

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June 29th Lower Deerfield River

Meet at 12:00 for the shuttle

Easy Whitewater Trip on the Lower Deerfield

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

This trip is about 7 miles - mostly quickwater with a couple of easy class II rapids at the beginning. We will put in at the Zoar Picnic Area and take out at Charlemont Academy. Boats 14 feet or under are required, as is a helmet and sprayskirt. I may have an extra helmet if you need one.

We will meet at 12:00 at the paved pull over on the left of Rte 2 just before Charlemont Academy. Address is 1554 Mohawk Trail, Charlemont, MA 01339.

Directions:

Take I-90 West to I-91 North in Springfield. Proceed north on I-91 to exit 26 in Greenfield, MA. Go around the rotary and pick up Rte 2 West. Continue on Rte 2 West about 14.5 miles. We will meet at the paved pull over on the left side of Rte 2 just before Charlemont Academy at 1554 Mohawk Trail, Charlemont, MA 01339.

The meeting time may change depending on the release schedule.  Check the flatwater message board for more details as we get closer.

 

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July 6th Green Hill Pond- Meet at 9:30 for a 10:00 launch.

Pat Lardner pslardner@gmail.com 401-524-8057 and Cheryl Thompson stonefoxfarm@juno.com or 401-497-5887.

DEM fishing ramp off Charlestown Beach Road.
GPS Coordinates to the DEM parking area/launch N41 21.820 W71 37.592 


I-95 S toward Providence, RI (Crossing into Rhode Island). 
Merge onto RI-4 S via EXIT 9 on the left toward North Kingstown. 
RI-4 S becomes US-1 S. 
Follow Rt-1-S into Charlestown 
Make a U-turn onto US-1 N/Post Rd. at the Charlestown Breachway Sign. (Just past Rt-2) 
Take first exit on Rt. (Town Dock Rd.) Follow to the Stop Sign. 
Turn left onto Old Post Rd. Follow this for approx. 1/2 mile. 
Take Right onto Matunuck School House Rd. 
Take Right onto Charlestown Beach Rd. 
Continue down Charlestown Beach Road till you come to the Kayak Centre (562 Charlestown Beach Rd) . Cross the bridge and watch for a dirt road turn off on Right. (1st Right) 
Follow the dirt road around to the DEM Fishing Launch. 

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July 7th Bradford to Potter Hill- Meet at 10:00 for a 10:30 shuttle
Pawcatuck River at Bradford to Potter Hill (Ashaway)
Coordinator is  Erik Eckilson 617-794-0378 eckilson@cox.net

A 7.5-mile trip. We will put in at the Bradford Landing. Just downstream of the put in are the fish weirs at the new Bradford Dam, which can be run or portaged. From Bradford to Route 3 the river twists and turns through the woodlands of the Grills Preserve. Below Route 3 the river meanders though open marshland to the Potter Hill Dam. We will stop for lunch at the Polly Coon Footbridge.  Depending on parking, we may portage the Potter Hill Dam and take out at the new landing off Post Office Lane. Bring a Lunch.

Directions - 95, R.I. to Exit 1 onto Rt. 3 south for 1.8 miles. At Rt. 216 go left (onto 216). Follow 216. Put in will be on the left shortly after a right turn where 216 merges with Rt. 91 (same road, two route #'s).



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July 14th Ninigret Salt Pond, Charlestown RI- Meet at ____ for a ____ launch. Leader Sharon Dragon  shdrag1@gmail.com 401-225-3942

Trip is suitable for all. It may be windy.
Bring a lunch.

Ninigret Salt PondCharlestown RI

Ninigret Pond is Rhode Island's largest coastal salt pond. The area features stunning landscapes and abundant coves for paddle craft to explore. It is also a great place to view wildlife. The area near the Charlestown Breachway (the outlet to the ocean) is dangerous for paddle craft and should be avoided because of both strong currents and heavy boat traffic.  

(Trip description courtesy of RI Blueways Alliance
Directions from Blueways.)

GPS coordinates to parking lot:

N 41 21.900  
W 071 39.400

Directions:  
Take Route 1 south to Charlestown, going 2.3 miles past the junction of Route 1 and Route 2.  After going past Prosser Trail (Windswept Inn on corner), make a U-turn onto Route 1 north, then bear right onto Route 1A (at the Tourist Information sign)  follow the Ninigret Park (a town park) sign on Route 1A for 0.5 mile and then turn right into the main entrance to the park (across from Charlestown Police station). 

The launch site is at the very end of the main access road (about 1 mile down Park Lane). Follow the road (Park Lane) left at the tennis courts, past the Frosty Drew observatory, and then straight to the terminus of the road at the Grassy Point parking area in the US Fish and Wildlife Refuge.   

There is a gravel road at the end of the parking area to drive down to the Kayak Launch to unload your boats.  Once unloaded, drive cars back to parking area.  There is also a rest room located at the parking area. Parking available for 25 to 30 cars.

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July 20th BCU 2 Training  Stay Tuned. TBA


July 22nd Monday Evening- Meeting on the Water at Great Island and the Great Salt Pond- Meet at 6:00  Coordinator – Erik Eckilson 617-794-0378. Bring a headlamp or waterproof flashlight.

We will explore the southern end of the Great Salt Pond. We will put in at Welcome Cove, paddle under the bridge at Great Island Road, and explore the fishing port of Galilee.  From there, we will paddle north around Great Island before returning to the put in. The tide will be low, so we may have to wade out a little ways to deeper water.

Directions:

Take Rt. 95 South to Rt. 4 South to Rt. 1 South.  Take the exit for Rt. 1 A North – Narragansett.  Take a left at the of the ramp.  At the traffic circle, take the first exit on to Rt. 108 South – Point Judith Road.  Continue 3.5 miles and take right at the light on to Knowlesway Extension (there is a Cumberland Farms on the right). The put in is at the end of the road.

Nearest Street Address - 210 Knowlesway Ext, Narragansett, RI 02882

GPS 41.388760, -71.493065

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August 3rd to August 10th Adirondack Camping and Paddling Trip 

click: Adirondack Camping and Paddling Trip

 
Camping opportunities!    

Henry Dziadosz is organizing a trip to the Adirondacks for 2019!  Lake Eaton will be our camping destination and the dates will be August 3 – 10.  Please feel free to come earlier or stay later. Reservations can be made 9 months in advance of the trip.

More info here and here: Update on the Adirondack Camp and Paddle Trip from the Organizer!


August 4th    SUP  Blended Trip in Wickford at Wilson Park. Meet at 10:30 for an 11:00 launch.  Organizer: Mark Allio shinnen108@gmail.com  401-999-7364 

This is a blended trip with SUP's, canoes, kayaks. It is also a
AMC joint RICKA event.  The AMC requires a signed waiver to participate which will be available at the put-in location from the organizer. If you are in a boat, we will travel at the same speed as the SUP Paddlers.

Paddle in the calm, wind-protected waters among the islands and marshes.

A great opportunity to see osprey, great blue heron, green heron, great egrets, cormorants, bufflehead ducks, and maybe a deer or two.

Wilson Park

Turn onto Intrepid St. from RT 1 (it's just North of the junction of RT 1 & 1A, near the fire & Police stations). Continue to the launch and the parking lot at the very end. NOTE: You can also get to the launch by going through the main entrance for Wilson Park from RT 1A, just South of the RT 1 & RT 1A junction, but it might be easier going the other way.

GPS N41 34.638  W071 27.187 Boat ramp

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August 13th  Paddle Board Night at Lake Pearl with EMS  - Erik

Paddle Board Night at Lake Pearl with EMS 
EMS Schools and the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club will be holding a stand-up paddleboard demo session at the EMS Outdoor School on Late Pearl. This session is free and open to all RICKA and BVPC members, but you must register in advance.

Contact Erik Eckilson eckilson@cox.net to register.

You may bring your boat if you wish to paddle on your own instead of taking the class.
Directions to Sweatt Beach on Lake Pearl - Route 495 Take exit 16 for King Street toward Franklin, Turn onto King Street north toward Franklin, Slight right onto MA-140 S/E Central St., turn right on to Elysium St, and a slight right on to Woolford RD. Sweatt Beach is on your left.
Closest physical address: 7 Woolford Road, Wrentham, MA 02093

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August 17th Taunton River  Leader: Marty O'Loughlin -  maopao@comcasst.net 508-336-9592

Meet at 8:30 for a 9:00 a.m. launch Taunton River Scavenger Hunt from Berkley Bridge north

Total time 3 hours w/30 min. break.

Directions:  Taunton River – Berkley Bridge Village Heritage Park

GPS   41˚ 50.068’ N   71˚ 6.419’W

From Providence east on route 44.
After entering Taunton take the first right after Segregansett Country Club (0.4 mile) onto Burt St./Williams St.
After 2.6 miles turn left onto Center St.  After 2.5 miles you will cross the Taunton River on the Berkley Bridge.
The launch site is immediately on your right.

The park has picnic tables and a port-a-party.  There is room to park 10 vehicles.  Off site parking is available on Elm St. and at Bristol Aggie School.

Berkley Bridge is located between Taunton (Route 44) and Fall River (Routes 6 and 195), just off of Route 138.  There are several routes of travel, but the one listed above seems to be the most direct.


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August 19th Meeting on the Water- Lincoln Woods, Lincoln RI-
Meet at 6:00 for a 6:15 launch. Bring a headlamp or waterproof flashlight.

Trip Leader: Al Sampson wanderlust_Bristol@yahoo.com  401 727-1555

Lincoln Woods state park.

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 - 

 41 53 370   W 071 25 684

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August 24th Sudbury River- Wayland to Concord
Meet at 10:00 for a 10:30 shuttle.

Coordinator – Erik Eckilson 617-794-0378

 An 8-mile trip on the scenic Sudbury River. We will put-in at Sherman's Bridge Road in Wayland in the Great Meadows National Wildlife. We will stop for lunch at a small island in Fairhaven Bay. We will take out at the at the "Calf Pasture" at Lowell Road in Concord where the Sudbury converges with the Assebet form the Concord River. Those who are interested can paddle another half mile down the Concord River to the Old North Bridge in the Minute Man National Historic Park. 

 Directions:

From RI/Mass state line on Route 95 North toward Foxboro/Boston. Go for 25.4 mi. Take the left exit toward Portsmouth NH onto I-95 N. Go for 15.1 mi. Take  exit 26 toward Waltham/Weston onto US-20 (Weston St). Keep left toward US-20 W/Weston/Wayland and go over highway and Go for 0.1 mi and bear right. Continue on Weston St (US-20). Go for 5.0mi. Turn right onto Concord Rd (RT-126). Go for 3.6 mi. Turn left onto Sherman Bridge Rd. Go for 0.4 mi. Arrive at Sherman Bridge Rd. Parking to the right on this wooden bridge.

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August 24th
September 7th Gorge Paddle with the Go Program and the BVPC. All paddlers are welcome, no BVPC membership required. -- Frank and Earl

http://www.ricka-flatwater.org/bvschedule.htm#September_7th


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September 21st 12th annual RICKA Picnic at Goddard Park.  Paddle and catered lunch

Details Here

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September 28th Pawcatuck River and Camping Weekend- Chuck Horbert and Cindy Gianfransico





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October 5th Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union CT
Paddle and grilling for lunch-  Earl and Pat MacRae   earlandpat@comcast.net 508-928- 2650 cell: 508-988-5589

Meet at 10:00 at the boat ramp for Mashapaug Pond.

Suitable for all.

We will paddle around Mashapaug Pond and have lunch at one of the picnic sites. Earl and Pat will be cooking on a grill and will need an RSVP. Please bring a dish or something to share. After lunch, we will paddle back to the boat ramp.


Directions via google maps

AddressCT-171, Union, CT 06076

Bigelow Hollow State Park off Route 171, 1.3 miles east of junction with Route 190. 


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October 19th Nashua River- Meet at 10:00 for a 10:30 launch.
Louise price weezrad@yahoo.com and Frank Cortesa at frankcortesa@charter.net  508-369-8205.
 
 Suitable for any size boat. Bring a lunch
The Nashua river has been referred to as one of the prettiest places to paddle in eastern MA. Twists and turns among the many islands coupled with many side channels turns this inundated marshland into a giant 5 mile long maze. Round trip will make this an approx. 10 mile paddle.

Directions:  Rt. 495 N.  Exit 31 ramp right for Rt. 119 toward Acton/Groton.  Turn right onto Rt. 119W / Great Rd.   Follow 119 for about 8.4 miles (the road forks twice, be  sure to follow Rt 119 West).   

At about 8.3 miles you will pass the Nashua River Resource Center (on the right). About 50 yards after the NRRC, take the right fork onto Nod Rd.  

  About 75 yds after  the fork, Nod Rd makes a hard right, the Petapawag Canoe Launch will be on your left as Nod Rd turns right.  

  If  you cross a bridge on 119 and enter Pepperell, you will have  just missed Nod Rd.  

GPS: N42.37.693
           W071.35.590


Changes and cancellations to trips will be posted on the flatwater message board

Please check the board before leaving for any trip.  Our leaders provide directions as a courtesy to paddlers however, you are responsible to refer to a map and familiarize yourself with the trip location. 

November 2nd- Turkey Paddle and Dinner at Point Breeze in Webster on Webster Lake- Meet at 10:30, launch at 11:00, and lunch at 2:00.

Paddle and Dine at the same location! 

Organizers: Earl and Pat MacRae MacRae earlandpat@comcast.net

Meet at 10:30 pm for a 10:30 launch. Paddle on Webster Lake with dinner at 2:00pm at the waterfront Point Breeze Restaurant in Webster MA (114 Point Breeze Rd, Webster, MA).


Come for the paddle, come for the dinner or both.  Note you only have to rsvp for the dinner, not the paddle. For dinner reservations contact: Cheryl Thompson  stonefoxfarm@juno.com 401-497-5887 or use this form to RSVP.

Note:  at this time of year a wet suit or dry suit is recommended or a change of clothes in a waterproof  dry bag is required.

Meet at the Point Breeze Marina at

Paddle for a bit and head back to the restaurant for lunch.

Directions for the Point Breeze Marina: Exit 1 off of route 395 in Webster, Ma. for route 193 south towards Conneticut. Left onto Point Breeze Road. Right onto South Point Road when you are at the resturant. Quick left to the marina. We can unload and park in the grass between the circular gravel road in front of the docks.


Changes and cancellations to trips will be posted on the flatwater message board

Please check the board before leaving for any trip.  Our leaders provide directions as a courtesy to paddlers however, you are responsible to refer to a map and familiarize yourself with the trip location. 

November 30th Paddle with Santa in Wickford- Trip organizer: Pat Lardner pslardner@gmail.com 401-524-8057

Details to come.

Wetsuit or Drysuit mandatory




Changes and cancellations to trips will be posted on the flatwater message board

Please check the board before leaving for any trip.  Our leaders provide directions as a courtesy to paddlers however, you are responsible to refer to a map and familiarize yourself with the trip location. 

End of our Official Season. Our trips will resume in April. In the meantime take a look at the flatwater message board for unofficial off-season trips, hikes, snowshoe hikes etc.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Changes and cancellations to trips will be posted on the flatwater message board. Please check the board before leaving for any trip. 

Our leaders provide directions as a courtesy to paddlers however, you are responsible to refer to a map and familiarize yourself with the trip location.



Changes and cancellations to trips will be posted on the flatwater message board. Please check the board before leaving for any trip. 

Our leaders provide directions as a courtesy to paddlers however, you are responsible to refer to a map and familiarize yourself with the trip location.





The people who coordinate RICKA trips are responsible for setting a meeting time and how to get to the put-in and take-out. The trip coordinators are unpaid volunteers who are not  professionals.  They are not and cannot be responsible for determining the adequacy of your skill level, your personal safety, well-being, or happiness.
Trips are group events.  You and you alone, are responsible for yourself.    

Directions are provided as a courtesy to paddlers, please refer to a map before leaving for a trip.

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At this time of year, wetsuits or drysuits are REQUIRED. You will not be allowed to paddle with the group if you do not comply. If you are weating a wetsuit, please bring a change of clothes.

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. 

In leui of a meeting in the summer month,s we offer an event that is suitable for everyone.  We have a permit for sites 45 and 46 if you want to get there early to paddle (the permit is in Cheryl Thompson's name if you are asked)



Our first on-water meeting/paddle of the season is the signal that summer is here! For those new to the club, a group paddle or event replaces the more structured meetings of fall through spring, and takes place on the third Monday evening of the month.



Join us at Lincoln Woods State Park (sites 45 and 46) for our June meeting as Henry Dziadosz, Earl MacRae and Erik Eckilson provide interesting demo's. Erik and Henry will discuss and demo canoe paddling and I  hear cooking may be on the agenda. as well.




Demonstrations will begin at 7:00. You will also have time for a short paddle in Olney Pond. Bring a folding chair along with your boat.


Directions to Lincoln Woods State Park: from Route 146 take the exit for Twin River Road. If you are traveling north on Route 146, you will turn left at the end of the exit.


If you are traveling south on Route146, you will turn right at the end of the exit. Continue on Twin River Road until you reach the entrance booth for Lincoln Woods State Park. Take a right at the park entrance (it is a one-way road). The entrance for sites 45 and 46 will be on your left shortly after entering the park. Look for the large rock on the left.