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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: Riverside Park
Driving Landmarks: Riverside Mills Park is just northwest of Olneyville Square. From the west end of Olneyville Square, follow Manton Avenue north 0.2 miles to where Aleppo St. branches off to the left. The entrance to the park is just down Aleppo street on your left. At this time there is still construction work going on at the park, so it may not be accessible at all times.
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Shoreline: Above the dam the shoreline is low and gentle and there is an established canoe launch that has been stabilized with broad stone steps. Below the dam access is a bit more difficult because the shoreline is stabilized with loose rocks and the current will want to carry the boat away as soon as it gets into the water.
Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 350 feet
Hours of Operation: Sunrise to sunset
Parking: parking lot, no overnight parking
Water 'Features' At Site: dam, whitewater, 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 is a new canoe/kayak launch on the Woonasquatucket River, at the just completed Riverside Park, a Providence city park.
At this time this boat launch is most useful as a take-out before Olneyville Square for paddlers coming down from further up the river.
Below Olneyville Square, if you want to continue downstream there is a 1/4 mile portage around Paragon Dam. So, from Riverside Park you can portage around the dam just downstream from the canoe launch and put in below the dam, and continue down to Olneyville Square, where it is possible to take out along San Souci Drive, but this will only get you another 1/3 mile of paddling before the start of the 1/4 mile portage to Donigian Park.
You can paddle a little ways upstream from Riverside Park but very quickly you will encounter moving water that is much too strong to paddle against except late in the summer when the river is low, at which point you could continue upstream but you would have to carry your boat over the rocky area that forms an area of rapids in the spring. This would get you up to Merino Park, above which there are yet more rapids.
Coming downsteam to Riverside Mills, keep an eye out for the take-out once you start seeing the park on your left. There are no warning signs marking the dam. It is just around a sharp left bend in the river. As with all small dams, the area below the dam could be a death trap, so stay away from the area around the dam!
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.