Flatwater Paddling                                                                                                               


Our not-for-profit club offers paddle trips on rivers, lakes and ponds as well as estuaries, marshes and coves. Trips are open to canoes and kayaks.

CALENDAR-   Season at a glance!

JOIN RICKA click here.

JOIN Blackstone Valley Paddle Club and RICKA click here.

In the event of a last minute cancellation or modification to a paddle trip, please check the message board as well as your e-mail and the website for updates. There may be  times that the webmaster is not available to update the trip information. Click for Message Board. 

The people who coordinate RICKA trips are responsible for setting a meeting time and how to get to the put-in and take-out. The trip coordinators are unpaid volunteers who are not  professionals.  They are not and cannot be responsible for determining the adequacy of your skill level, your personal safety, well-being, or happiness. Trips are group events.  You, and you alone, are responsible for yourself    



PFDs (life vests) are required on all RICKA and Blackstone Valley Paddle Club trips.  Please stay out of channels and be aware of boating traffic. Canoes and kayaks do not have the right of way.

Note:  Inflatable PFDs (life vests) are not acceptable for paddling on RICKA Flatwater trips or Blackstone Valley Paddle Club trips for safety reasons. 

Paddling Basics Choosing a PFD


Cold Water Paddling


Real time water levels in the Blackstone River


USGS Real Time Water Data   Narragansett Surf Cam

Any paddle sport is an assumed risk sport. Some aspects of canoeing and kayaking involve the risk  of serious injury or death. The Rhode Island Canoe/Kayak Association (Rhode Island Canoe Association, Inc.), although safety conscious, cannot guarantee your personal safety in club activities. Each participant is responsible for his or her own training in boating and rescue techniques, equipment, and personal well-being when engaging in or attending club-organized activities.



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If you would like to sign up for the flatwater and BVPC e-mail list, contact the Flatwater/BVPC group 
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  Layering for Cold Water Boating

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