There are many outfitters across the state of Rhode Island and in nearby parts of Massachusetts who provide various services including selling and renting boats and gear for paddling and walking, and providing guided trips. Below is a map and list of the outfitters we know about, with some brief information about the services they provide. Many of these outfitters have generously contributed their time and resources to the Rhode Island Blueways Project.
Unless otherwise noted, outfitters listed as having a sporting goods store sell canoes or kayaks as well as other paddling, walking, and camping related gear. As always, it is a good idea to call first before visiting a store to find out if they have the type of gear you are seeking. For boat rentals an "on the water location" means that you can rent a boat and put it in the water at the outfitter's location rather than having to drive the boat to another location in order to go paddling.
In both of the lists below, the outfitters are listed alphabetically and the number in front of each listing matches up with the numbers in the red dots on the map at right.
The number in front of the name of each outfitter correlates with the numbers in the red dots on the map above.
Address: 25 Carrington Street, Lincoln, RI 02865
Services: Sporting goods store, boat rentals (on the water location), guided trips, lessons
Address: Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln, RI (4 on map)
Retail Stores: 1000 Bald Hill Road, Warwick (2 on map) and Middletown Square, Middletown, RI 02842 (3 on map)
Services: Lessons, guided trips throughout New England and Maryland, boat rentals (on the water location), kids and special needs camps, American Canoe Association and British Canoe Association instructor certification training. Sporting goods stores.
Address: 1150 Main St # B Hope Valley, RI 02832
Telephone: (401) 539-2757
Services: Boat rentals, sporting goods store.
Address: 9 Phillips Street, Wickford, RI 02852
Services: Sporting goods store, lessons, guided trips, adventure travel, boat rentals (on the water location)
Address:145 Boon St., Narragansett, RI 02882
Services: Boat rentals (also scuba diving supplies and services)
Address: 95 Middlebridge Road Narragansett, RI 02882
Services: Boat rentals (on the water location), guided trips
Address: 573 Rockdale Ave., New Bedford, MA 02740
Services: Lessons, guided trips, boat rentals (on the water location)
Address: 489 Old County Rd., Westport, MA 02790
Telephone: 508-636-0300 or 774-930-2668
Services: Sporting goods store (new and used boats), lessons, guided trips, kids' camps, adventure travel, American Canoe Association instructor certification training, boat rentals (on the water location), boat repairs
Address: 21 Glen Rock Road, Usquepaugh, RI 02892
Services: Boat rentals (on the water location) and guided trips
Address: 22 Chapel View Blvd., Cranston, RI 02920
Services: Sporting goods store, adventure travel
Address:1009 Main Street Hope Valley, RI 02832
Services: Sporting goods store
If you are looking for ways to get out on the water, don't forget to also check our links page for non-profit groups that run guided trips. RIC/KA and the AMC both run regular paddling trips (both are membership organizations). Many of the watershed councils also run occasional paddling events that are open to the public.