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

Our trip organizers have the right to put restrictions on their trips. They may require specific boat lengths or boat types, spray skirts, headlamps etc. The trip may specify experienced paddlers only. Please make your decision to participate accordingly. This is for the safety and enjoyment of the entire group.

Please review the Safety Signals 

We are now in our off season. Trips, hikes, and snowshoeing events will be posted on the flatwater message board as unofficial trips until spring. Please check the message board frequently. Message Board

Please be patient while we fill in the details of this upcoming season!

April 8th- Willimantic River- Earl
Meet at  10:00 am for a 10:30 Shuttle. Trip coordinator is Earl MacRae contact:

Bring a Lunch

Wetsuit or drysuit required.

Changes and cancellations to trips will be posted on the flatwater message board. Please check the board before leaving for any trip.

April 22nd Quinebaug River - Earl

Bring a lunch

Changes and cancellations to trips will be posted on the flatwater message board. Please check the board before leaving for any trip.
May 6th Shetucket River - Earl

Changes and cancellations to trips will be posted on the flatwater message board. Please check the board before leaving for any trip.
May 7th Great Swamp- Henry

May 13th Assabet River- Sharon and Erik

May 20th Charles River and Populatic Pond- Louise and Frank

May 21st Bungay River - Bill Luther

May 27th Pawcatuck River Potter Hill to Westerly- Mike V.

May 28th Big River- Cheryl and Louise

June 2nd to 4th- Tully Lake Camping and Paddling- Royalston MA

Join us for a  fun weekend camping and paddling on beautiful Tully Lake. They allow tent camping only, no trailers or RV's. 

You can make your reservation here.

The leaders are staying on site 26 b and 26c.
 Sharon Dragon 401-225-3942  and Cheryl Thompson or 401-497-5887

Tully Lake Campground
25 Doane Hill Road
Royalston, MA

Latitude: 42.6517
Longitude: -72.2123

From Rt. 2, take Exit 18 and turn left onto Rt. 2A West toward Athol. From the intersection of Rts. 2A and 32 North in Athol, cross the Millers River Bridge and bear left following the signs on Rt. 32 North. Proceed about 4 mi., passing the Tully Dam, and take a right onto Doane Hill Rd. Proceed for 1 mi. Tully Lake Campground is on the right.

June 8th Valley Falls Marsh and the Blackstone River- Thursday evening paddle- Phil Tetreault

June 10th Wood River RT 165- Sharon and Mike V.

June 11th Flatwater Training- Stump Pond- Bill Luther, Erik Eckilson

June 17th Pawcatuck River Switch Road- Sharon and Mike V.

June 19th Meeting on the Water with Demo- Lincoln Woods

June 24th Wilderness Weekend- Chuck Horbert- Details to come

June 24th Armada with Chris K.

June 24th to July 2nd -Cape Cod Week- cancelled
June 25th Palmer River- Danny O'Shea

July 1st - Providence River Bill Mitchell

July 8th Shannock to Jay Cronan on the Pawcatuck River- Chuck

July 15th Ninigret Pond-  Charlestown, RI

Trip coordinator: Sharon

Bring a lunch.

Ninigret Pond is Rhode Island's largest coastal salt pond. The area features stunning landscapes and abundant coves for paddle craft to explore. It is also a great place to view wildlife. The area near the Charlestown Breachway (the outlet to the ocean) is dangerous for paddle craft and should be avoided because of both strong currents and heavy boat traffic. Otherwise, the pond is usually a calm and easy place to paddle. On most days the southwest wind fills in across this area in the morning and blows throughout the afternoon.


(Trip description courtesy of RI Blueways Alliance
Directions from Blueways and modified by Jim Cole.)


GPS coordinates to parking lot:

N 41 21.900  
W 071 39.400

Take Route 1 south to Charlestown, going 2.3 miles past the junction of Route 1 and Route 2.  After going past Prosser Trail (Windswept Inn on corner), make a U-turn onto Route 1 north, then bear right onto Route 1A (at the Tourist Information sign)  follow the Ninigret Park (a town park) sign on Route 1A for 0.5 mile and then turn right into the main entrance to the park (across from Charlestown Police station). 

The launch site is at the very end of the main access road (about 1 mile down Park Lane). Follow the road (Park Lane) left at the tennis courts, past the Frosty Drew observatory, and then straight to the terminus of the road at the Grassy Point parking area in the US Fish and Wildlife Refuge.   

There is a gravel road at the end of the parking area to drive down to the Kayak Launch to unload your boats.  Once unloaded, drive cars back to parking area.  There is also a rest room located at the parking area. Parking available for 25 to 30 cars.

July 17th Meeting on the Water Greenhill Pond
July 22nd Salt Pond- Sharon

July 29th Upper Pawtuxet River in Hope- Chuck

July 30th Wickford- Cheryl and Pat

August 5th thorugh August 12th
ADK 2017


August 19th Taunton River- Chuck


August 20th Deerfield River- Erik

August 21st Meeting on the Water at Smith and Sayles Res.- Chuck

August 26th Sudbury River- Bill L.

August 27th Quaddick Reservoir- Henry

September 8th to 10th, Miles Standish Camping and Paddling Weekend
September 16th RICKA BBQ at Goddark Park

September 23rd Nashua River - Louise and Frank
October 14th Medway to Natick- Sharon
October 22nd Pawtuxet River - Cranston, Knight Street to Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Chuck
October 28th Halloween Paddle Wakefield Pond
November 4th with a rain date of November 5th- Turkey Paddle- Sharon and Cheryl


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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.    

Directions are provided as a courtesy to paddlers, please refer to a map before leaving for a trip.


At this time of year, wetsuits or drysuits are REQUIRED. You will not be allowed to paddle with the group if you do not comply. If you are weating a wetsuit, please bring a change of clothes.

10.6.8 All other users of State Management areas and designated undeveloped State Parks are required to wear two hundred (200) square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange from the third Saturday in April to the last day in May, annually.