ExploreRI has information on fresh and saltwater paddling in RI and the Narragansett Bay watershed, from the Blackstone to the Wood-Pawcatuck, to the Taunton River in Massachusetts! Here are some ways to find your next paddling destination and paddle safely:
Go for a Walk:
ExploreRI has information about walking trails all across Rhode Island, from Newport to Glocester and Westerly to Little Compton. Whether you want a casual, easy walk for a sunny Saturday afternoon, or a more challenging day-long hike, there’s a trail here for you!
The Paddle Across Rhode Island a Success!
On Sunday, July 6, four experienced canoeists set out to become the first to canoe across the State of Rhode Island, north to south, using a primarily inland route. Their adventure started in the Town of North Smithfield, and they paddled and portaged their way on a meandering route that took them through seventeen of the state’s thirty-nine cities and towns, eventually ending in Westerly on Sunday, July 13. More details about the trip, including a map of the route
More news coverage:
- Providence Journal story
- Rhode Island Public Radio story
- Woonsocket Call - June 30
- Woonsocket Call - July 6
- NBC 10
- ABC 6
- EcoRI News and EcoRI News
For updates from the paddlers, visit the Facebook page for the trip.
Blue & Greenways News
Boston Globe Article
Read this great article about the new water trail maps, published in the Boston Globe on May 26, 2013.
If you come across small bouys marked "Research/Do Not Disturb" please do not try to move them or pull them up. These bouys are part of a regular water quality monitoring project by RI DEM on some of Rhode Island's larger rivers, including the Blackstone, Branch, Pawcatuck, Pawtuxet, and Wood Rivers. For more details see this flyer.
The original funding for the ExploreRI website was provided by the Rhode Island Rivers Council. The National Park Service Rivers and Trails Program helped launch the project and continues to provide important input and assistance. For information about the Rhode Island Blueways Alliance, which now leads this project, see the about us page.
National Geographic Names Rhode Island’s Blueways a “Best Adventure Destination for 2012”
Read the write-up on the National Georgraphic website and get out and paddle Rhode Island's Blueways! We have put off until next summer the led trips along the new water trails so stay tuned for more information in the spring.
23 New Paddling Trail Maps!
See the Water Trails page for 23 new paddle trail maps for paddling routes across Rhode Island! There are trips for all skill levels, all across the state, on rivers and lakes and salt ponds, all! These maps were created in partnership with ten watershed organizations across the state, with funding from the Rhode Island Foundation.
You can also see the water trail routes on our new mapping system, and then click on the routes to get the detailed water trail maps.