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This mapper will help you locate boat launches and other points of interest to for small boat recreation throughout the state of Rhode Island. To get started, click anywhere on the map to zoom in on that area. To zoom out use the zoom control to the left of the map. Once you have zoomed in, boat launches and other points of interest will show up on the map as clickable red icons (see the key below the map). Click on an icon to get more information about that location. If you prefer to search by criteria or simply look up a site by name, try the boat launch search page. If you have a high-speed Internet connection (e.g., DSL or Cable), you may want to try our Google-based mapping system which also includes sites in the Narragansett Bay Watershed in Massachusetts.
The location you clicked on is a site for launching hand-carried boats and it is also a portage. This typically means that to continue paddling down the river past this site you will have to portage your boat around a dam or other obstruction.
Site Name: Burdickville
Driving Landmarks: Burdickville Road branches off from RI Route 91 0.7 miles east of the junction with Route 216 in Bradford. The put-in is 1/2 mile down Burdickville Road from Route 91. It is on the left side of the road, 100 yards from the bridge.
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Shoreline: The trail to the put in is only about 25 feet long but it is narrow and rather steep. It is just above the breached dam at Burdickville. The shoreline is soft but is firm enough to stand on.
Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 25 feet
Water 'Features' At Site: breached dam, flatwater/slow moving river
Note: Because one boat launch can access, say, both a lake and a river or both the upstream and downstream portions of a river, not all paddling trips at a given site will necessarily encounter all of the features listed.
Comments & Overview:This put-in/take-out is the first access to the Pawcatuck below the confluence of the Wood and Pawcatuck Rivers. This access site is very simple; just a small path from the road to the river. It is only about 25 feet from the road to the river, but the trail is steep and narrow. If you are on the river looking for the path, it is on the right (river right), 50 feet before the dam. Do not take out at the private landings/lawns just before this access point.
If continuing downstream past this site portage on the other side of the river (river left) or in high water it is possible to run the dam at the center, near the masonry "island."
Good places to park are hard to come by at this site. There is just enough room to pull off and unload your boat and gear, but the area closest to the canoe launch is marked "No Parking" and the road is narrow and closely lined with trees and vegetation in many areas. In looking for a place to park, please be considerate of the local residents and make sure your car is not blocking the road or intruding on someone's lawn. If you do find a place to park your car it would be a good idea to leave a large note on the dashboard saying you are on a canoe trip and when you will return since this access site is lightly used and people are probably not used to seeing strange cars parked along this road. However, the best idea may be to avoid the need to park at this site at all.
The Wood-Pawcatuck River Guide is highly recommended for paddling on the Wood-Pawcatuck river system.
For more details see the full site report
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Credits: The data for the base maps was provided by the Rhode Island Geographic Information System (RIGIS) and the Office of Geographic and Environmental Information (MassGIS), Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. The site data came from numerous sources and organizations. Much of it was collected through the hard work of volunteers for various conservation, watershed and outdoor recreation groups around the state of Rhode Island.