Downtown Canoeing

A View from the River From the folks at Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council. Take some time to check this out if you can. A rare opportunity to see the city from a completely different perspective, and appreciate how the river used to fit into our economy.
This was one of my favorite paddles of all time.


On Wednesday, September 2 at 5:30pm the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council  (WRWC) is leading a canoe/kayak trip on the downtown portion of the Woonasquatucket River. This easy two hour paddle from South Water Street to Atwells Avenue and back will give participants a new perspective on the city. We will travel past some of the old mills as well as through Waterplace Park and past downtown Providence where the Woonasquatucket River meets the Moshassuck River to form the Providence River.

“While this is definitely an urban river, we have seen red-tailed hawks, great blue herons, peregrine falcons, and many other birds in this stretch of the river,” says Bruce Hooke, WRWC board member and paddle leader.

The complete round trip is about 4 miles. The WRWC has canoes and kayaks available but participants can also bring their own. Life jackets and paddles will be provided with WRWC boats but must be brought by the paddler if they use their own boat.

For participants who are using a WRWC boat, the cost is $20/person. For participants bringing their own boat, the price is $10/person.

This event is part of a series of paddling events called “Explore the Woonasquatucket,” organized by the WRWC this summer and fall throughout the Woonasquatucket River Watershed. Details on the full schedule of paddling events is available on the Watershed Council’s website: .

To register or for more information, call or email Bruce Hooke at the Watershed Council at (401) 351-5747 or . Advanced sign-up is required so that we can determine how many boats we need and keep the trip from getting too large.

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