Late cancellations & changes to trips will be posted on the Flatwater message board.   If you would like to sign up for the e-mail list, send an e-mail to and write "Join Flatwater list" in the subject line. 

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

Our trip organizers have the right to put restrictions on their trips. They may require specific boat lengths or boat types, spray skirts, headlamps etc. The trip may specify experienced paddlers only. Please make your decision to participate accordingly. This is for the safety and enjoyment of the entire group.

Please review the Safety Signals


March 25th   Flatwater Planning Meeting

Join us at River Bend Farm in Uxbridge on 3/25/17  at 1:00 pm for our annual Flatwater Planning Meeting. Please bring ideas for trips. If you would like to lead a trip but lack experience, we can partner you with an experienced leader.  Everyone is welcome.  We will have party pizza and soda, please bring a snack or dish to share if you wish.

Cheryl Thompson at 401-497-5887  or

N 42 05 641   W071 37 442

287 Oak St, Uxbridge, MA 01569

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.

August 5th thorugh August 12th ADK 2017

We are now in our off season. Trips, hikes, and snowshoeing events will be posted on the flatwater message board as unofficial trips until spring. Please check the message board frequently.
Message Board





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






















































































































































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.


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.