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!
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.
Winter Paddling Warning:
Winter is still here and while it may look tempting to head out for some cold weather paddling, only experienced paddlers with appropriate gear and training should be on the water during the "cold water season." Rhode Island's waters cool off during the fall and don't really warm up again until early summer. During this time gear such as wet suits or dry suits are an essential part of a paddler's gear. So, please enjoy Rhode Island's beauty safely during the winter and if you are not prepared for cold water paddling, leave the boats in storage until next summer; and always, always: Remember to wear your life jacket!
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.