Late cancellations & changes to trips will be posted on the Flatwater message board.   If you would like to sign up for the e-mail list, send an e-mail to StoneFoxFarm@cox.net and write "Join Flatwater list" in the subject line. 

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.
Schedule:

Please review the Safety Signals 

 
August 17th  SUP night raindate 8/25  (you must register)

SUP Demo Night Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 5:30

Have you ever wanted to try SUPing? Here’s your chance. EMS Schools and the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club will be holding a stand-up paddleboard demo session for RICKA and BVPC members on Thursday, August 17th at 5:30 at the EMS Boathouse at Lincoln Woods.

Rain date is August 25, 2017. We will have paddleboards to try, and a couple of EMS instructors to us started. This session is free and open to all RICKA and BVPC members, but there will be a limited number of boards, so you must register in advance.

Contact Erik Eckilson eckilson@cox.net to register.
August 19th Deerfield River

Saturday August 19 (please note the new date)

Easy Whitewater Trip on the Deerfield River

Coordinator: Erik Eckilson  eckilson@cox.net

This trip is about 10 miles. It is mostly quickwater with a couple of easy class II rapids at the beginning. We could also shorten the trip to 7 miles and take out at Charlemont Academy. Boats 14 feet or under are required, as is a helmet and sprayskirt. I may have an extra helmet if you need one.  We will meet at 12:30 at the paved pull over on the left of Rte 2 just after Crab Apple Rafting. The meeting time may change depending on the release schedule, which will be posted here the Friday before:

http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123

We will put in at Zoar Picnic Area 3 hours after the release starts. Please RSVP to Erik at eckilson@cox.net

Directions:

Take I-90 West to I-91 North in Springfield. Proceed north to exit 26 in Greenfield, MA. Go around the rotary and pick up Rte 2 West. Continue on Rte 2 West about 11 miles. We will meet at the paved pull over on the left side of Rte 2 just after Crab Apple.


August 21st Meeting on the Water at Smith and Sayles Reservoir Glocester RI. Meeet at 6:00 pm for a 6:15 PM launch.

In leui of a general meeting in the summer months, we offer a paddle that is suitable for everyone.
Trip coordinator: Chuck Horbert

 chorbert13@gmail.com   401-418-2838.

Smith and Sayles Reservoir - Glocester, RI

Directions:

Take 295 North or South to exit 7B Greenville, Route 44 west. Follow route 44 west for 9.1 miles.
Turn left onto Chestnut Hill Road. Follow Chestnut Hill Road for .8 mile until you come to Sand Dam Road on the left. Portions of this road are not paved, follow for one tenth of a mile until you come to the state access on your left. 

Chestnut Hill Road is in the Chepachet district of Glocester. It is always best to refer to a map or map quest .GPS Coordinates are: N41 53.804  W071 40.685



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

Our leaders provide directions as a courtesy to paddlers however, you are responsible to refer to a map and familiarize yourself with the trip location.



August 26th Sudbury River-  Sudbury River: Shermans Bridge Rd Wayland, Mass to Egg Rock, Lowell Road, Concord Mass. Meet at 10:15 at the River or leaving at 9:45 sharp if meeting at the Mansfield Rest Area (see below)
Trip Coordinator: Bill Luther Prijon@juno.com  508-761-7961

Directions:

From RI/Mass state line on Route 95 North toward Foxboro/Boston. Go for 25.4 mi.

Take the left exit toward Portsmouth NH onto I-95 N. Go for 15.1 mi.

Take exit 26 toward Waltham/Weston onto US-20 (Weston St).

Keep left toward US-20 W/Weston/Wayland and go over highway

and Go for 0.1 mi and bear right.

Continue on Weston St (US-20). Go for 5.0mi.

Turn right onto Concord Rd (RT-126). Go for 3.6 mi.

Turn left onto Sherman Bridge Rd. Go for 0.4 mi.

Arrive at Sherman Bridge Rd. Parking to the right on this wooden bridge.

Total distance: 52 miles from Mass/RI line

Or meet at Mansfield rest area on RT 95 about 3 miles north of Exit 5 leaving at 9:45 sharp. The facility is closed but parking and bathrooms are available.

The Sudbury River is a nationally designated Wild and Scenic River. This section of the river Trail is both naturally and culturally interesting. You will find a wide and shallow river which is a natural undeveloped floddplain. Just downstream of the boat launch on Shermans Bridge Rd in Wayland you will enter Fairhaven Bay, a beautiful wide open section of the River, and an area written of by Thoreau and others. From here, the River loses some of its wide floodplains and becomes a bit more developed, traveling by the hospital and under Route 2. It is a gentle trip through the Town of Concord with a lot to see. The Trail concludes at the Old Calf Pasture, at the confluence of the Sudbury and Assabet Rivers, and a fun place to explore. You can take your boat out at the Lowell Road Boat Launch (on the right adjacent to the Calf pasture) or you can continue, either up the Assabet a short way or down the Concord to the Old North Bridge.

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

Our leaders provide directions as a courtesy to paddlers however, you are responsible to refer to a map and familiarize yourself with the trip location.


August 27th Quaddick Reservoir- Thompson CT
Meet at  10:30 for a 10:45 launch time. Trip coordinator:
Henry Dziadosz home 401-567-0313 hdziadosz@verizon.net

Bring a lunch. This trip is suitable for all. We will be stopping to swim at lunch.

Scenic Quaddick Reservoir is nestled in the northeast corner of Connecticut — near the Rhode Island and Massachusetts borders — in the town of Thompson. The village of Quaddick began as a mixture of farming and small industry. The industry, run by water power, grew up along the Five Mile River, with the farms populating the outside areas. Prior to the Civil War, Quaddick included such industries as a grist mill, a hat manufacturer, a sawmill (which later became a twine mill) along with numerous farms, a school and a tavern.

With the advent of the Civil War, the need for more industry developed however the rather sluggish Five Mile River was no longer able to keep up with the expanding demand. In order to harness and control the water power of the Five Mile, a partnership of five gentlemen from eastern Connecticut decided to build a dam at the northern end of the river. In 1864, they began buying land surrounding the river and, between 1864 and 1875, the flowage rights from 63 people were bought at prices ranging from $35 to $9,500. The location of the dam was decided to be at the north side of the Providence to Springfield Turnpike. The dam was started in 1865 and finished in 1867. It created the eight mile long Quaddick reservoir behind the dam, a small mill pond in front of the dam and two spillways. The water from this new lake was able to power at least seven mills running along the river from Quaddick south to Danielson. As the industrial revolution continued into the early 1900's, Quaddick Lake was also heavily used as a source of power as well as water for processing textile materials in the plants in Killingly.*

Shortly after its creation, local residents began building summer fishing cottages and year-round homes on the lake to take advantage of its spectacular tree-lined views, swimming in the cool reservoir, boating on its nearly 2 miles of open water and some of the best fishing in New England.

In 1951, Quaddick was designated a state park after originally being developed as a Forestry recreation area. The site of the state park was originally a fishing area of the Nipmuck Indians and then was Thompson's town farm where elderly residents of the village spent their reflective years.

from http://www.quaddicklake.org/

Street Address: 399 Baker Road, Thompson, CT

From Rt. 295 - Take 295 North or South to exit 7B Greenville, Route 44 west. Follow Rt. 44 West for approx. 11 miles to State Police Barracks on your left.  

From Rt. 146 South - Take Slatersville Exit.  Turn right onto Rt. 146 A. At light by Slatersville Plaza, go straight on Rt. 102 South. Follow Rt. 102 South  for seven miles to intersection with Rt. 44 in Chepachet.  Turn left onto Rt. 44 East and continue about one quarter mile  to  the State Police Barracks on your right.

From Rt. 146 North - Take Slatersville Exit.  Turn left off ramp onto School Street.  At intersection by Slatersville Common and Church, veer left onto Green Street.  Continue through Slatersville to first light at Rt. 102.  Turn left onto Rt. 102 South.  Follow Rt. 102 South  for six miles  to intersection with Rt. 44 in Chepachet.  Turn left onto Rt. 44 East and continue about one quarter mile  to  the State Police Barracks on your right.

 

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

Our leaders provide directions as a courtesy to paddlers however, you are responsible to refer to a map and familiarize yourself with the trip location.

September 8th to 10th, Miles Standish Camping Weekend.  Trip coordinators: Henry Dziadosz hdziadosz@verizon.net  401-567-0313, Cheryl Thompson 401-497-5887 stonefoxfarm@juno.com  and Sharon Dragon  shdrag1@gmail.com 401-225-3942.

The leaders have booked sites F003 and F005 in the Charge Pond Loop.



You can make your reservations now through Reserve America.


Paddling will not be the main focus this weekend. There are hikes and beautiful areas for bike rides as well as kettle ponds in the park.


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

Our leaders provide directions as a courtesy to paddlers however, you are responsible to refer to a map and familiarize yourself with the trip location. 

September 16th RICKA BBQ at Goddark Park RICKA Family Picnic will be held on September 16, 2017 at Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick, RI.

We have reserved Gazebo ____
 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 In the morning, flatwater and sea kayak trips will leave from the boat launch – meet at 9:30 a.m. for a 10:00 a.m. launch.

Goddard Park has several miles of beautiful trails for biking or hiking. It also offers swimming, fishing and volleyball (just bring a ball). There is ample room for ball games, badminton, or most anything else. Organize an activity and bring the necessary equipment. Lunch will be a barbecue including__________.

Veggie burgers will be available upon request. See the registration form. Lunch will be served starting at 12:30 p.m. for about an hour. The 2017 RICKA Awards Ceremony will follow lunch.

The cost will be $10.00 per person for members (including family members and significant others), 18.00 for non-members. Free for children under 12. We must have your reservation no later than August 31, 2017. If possible, please don't wait till the last minute!

You can register by mail or online using PayPal at:____________

 If you register by mail, please print out the form and return it with your check payable to RICKA to the address provided. Mark your calendars for this fun event!! Rain or Shine. Who knows.... you may be receiving an award! Hope to see you all there!

GPS Coordinates to the parking area:
N41 39.960 W071 26.090 R


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

Our leaders provide directions as a courtesy to paddlers however, you are responsible to refer to a map and familiarize yourself with the trip location.


September 23rd Nashua River -
Trip coordinators:
Louise Price weezrad@yahoo.com and Frank Cortesa frankcortesa@charter.net  508-369-8205.

Meet at 10:00 am for a 10:30 launch.

 
 Sutiable for any boat lenght.  Bring a lunch.
The Nashua river has been referred to as one of the prettiest places to paddle in eastern Mass. 
Twists and turns among the many islands coupled with many side channels turns this inundated marshland into a giant 5 mile long maze. Round trip will make this an approx. 10 mile paddle.
 
Directions:  Rt. 495 N.  Exit 31 ramp right for Rt. 119 toward Acton/Groton.  Right onto Rt. 119/Great Rd.  Keep straight onto Rt. 119/Rt. 225/Boston Rd.
Keep right onto Rt. 119/Main  St.  Keep straight onto Rt. 111/119 Main  St. Turn right onto Nod Rd. just past the Nashua River Resource Center ( on the right)
 
GPS: N42.37.693
           W071.35.590


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

Our leaders provide directions as a courtesy to paddlers however, you are responsible to refer to a map and familiarize yourself with the trip location.

October 14th  Charles River -Medfield to Natick- Sharon Dragon  shdrag1@gmail.com 401-225-3942 . Meet at  10:00 for the 10:15 shuttle.

Bring a lunch.

Considered one of the prettiest stretches of the Charles River.   Any length boat ok but paddlers in shorter boats may find the distance too great. 11 mile trip. A shuttle  is helpful for this trip.

 
Directions:  Rt 495 to exit 19. Follow Rt 109 E for approx. 9.7 miles thru the Town of Medway to the Town of Medfield.  At the intersection of Rt 109/27 take a left onto N. Meadows Rd.  Follow for 1/2 mile then left onto West St.  Follow for 0.4 miles to a sign for Wastewater Treatment Plant on the right.  Drive down to put-in.   GPS:  N42.11.353     W071.20.007.
Changes and cancellations to trips will be posted on the flatwater message board. Please check the board before leaving for any trip.

Our leaders provide directions as a courtesy to paddlers however, you are responsible to refer to a map and familiarize yourself with the trip location.


October 22nd Pawtuxet River - Warwick to Cranston, Knight Street to Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Chuck Horbert chorbert13@gmail.com   401-934-9212. 

 Meet at 10:00 for a 10:15 shuttle



  Bring a lunch.

 7miles. shuttle

Read the RI Blueways description of the river and the changes since the dam removal. 

River restoration

New put-in: This put-in was constructed for paddling by the Pawtuxet River Authority.

The put in address (where we meet) is: 10 Knight Street Warwick RI.
The Take out is at 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston RI.

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

Our leaders provide directions as a courtesy to paddlers however, you are responsible to refer to a map and familiarize yourself with the trip location.



October 28th Halloween Paddle Wakefield Pond Pascoag RI.  Meet at 1:00 for a 1:30 launch.  Trip and event coordinator: Henry Dziadosz hdziadosz@verizon.net or 401-567-0313.

Trip is suitable for all.

Join us for a beautiful paddle on Wakefield Pond and a get together at Henry's Waterfront home after the paddle.   We will have a fire going b the water, bring a dish to share.

 Costume or funky hat optional.

Wakefield Pond  Pascoag RI.


Coming from Providence,  head north on Route 44.  In
Chepachet you will bear right on to Rt. 100 and Rt. 102.  Go straight on Rt 100 after Rt. 102 splits off to the right.   Follow Rt. 100 through downtown Pascoag.(left at bottom of hill, then next right - CVS will be on your left.)  Follow approximately three miles to sign showing Zambarano Hospital straight ahead and Conn Rt 12 to left.  Bear left on Buck Hill Road. 
After passing fire tower on left, you will see Wakefield Road on left.  Turn left on to Wakefield Road. Turn left onto Lee Street - the first left at the bottom of the hill.  The state boat ramp is at the end of Lee Street.

41º57'58.32" N    71º47'18.85" W


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

Our leaders provide directions as a courtesy to paddlers however, you are responsible to refer to a map and familiarize yourself with the trip location.


November 4th with a rain date of November 5th- Turkey Paddle- Sharon Dragon shdrag1@gmail.com 401-225-3942 and Cheryl Thompson 401-497-5887 or stonefoxfarm@juno.com

Turkey Paddle   Meet at 1:00 pm for a 1:30 launch. Paddle on Wallum Lake with dinner after at the waterfront, Lodge Restaurant in Webster MA (148 Gore Road, Webster). Come for the paddle, come for the dinner or both. RSVP required by November 1st  if you are planning on coming to the restaurant. Leaders:  Cheryl Thompson  stonefoxfarm@juno.com 401-497-5887.

Note: at this time of year a change of clothes in a waterproof  dry bag is required.

Wallum Lake in the Douglas State Park, Douglas, Ma., Wallum Lake is located on the border of  RI and Ma., has  crystal clear water, and an easy paddle.  Any size boat is OK, suitable for all levels.
 

GPS coordinates:  N42 01 301      W071 46 073


Directions: 146 north  exit for Rt 16 to Douglas/Uxbridge
 Follow Rt 16 W thru the town of Douglas. You will 
 come to  an intersection for Rt 16 & 96. GO STRAIGHT. (You will see a sign  for Douglas  State Park/Wallum Lake) This is S. Main St. Follow until you see a sign for  Douglas State Park, take this left. Just down the road take a right  at park entrance. Follow road bearing left down the hill to the put-in.
 
 Also: RT 395 exit 2 for town of Webster. Follow Rt 16 east until 
 you see a  sign on the right for Douglas State Park or Cedar St. Follow Cedar  St to the  end. Go straight across at sign for Douglas State Park. Just down  the road  take a right at park entrance. Follow road bearing left down the  hill to  put-in.


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

Our leaders provide directions as a courtesy to paddlers however, you are responsible to refer to a map and familiarize yourself with the trip location.



 

Changes and cancellations to trips will be posted on the flatwater message board.

Please check the board before leaving for any trip.  Our leaders provide directions as a courtesy to paddlers however, you are responsible to refer to a map and familiarize yourself with the trip location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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http://woonsocket.org/flatwatertraining.html

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. 

In leui of a meeting in the summer month,s we offer an event that is suitable for everyone.  We have a permit for sites 45 and 46 if you want to get there early to paddle (the permit is in Cheryl Thompson's name if you are asked)



Our first on-water meeting/paddle of the season is the signal that summer is here! For those new to the club, a group paddle or event replaces the more structured meetings of fall through spring, and takes place on the third Monday evening of the month.


Join us at Lincoln Woods State Park (sites 45 and 46) for our June meeting as Henry Dziadosz, Earl MacRae and Erik Eckilson provide interesting demo's. Erik and Henry will discuss and demo canoe paddling and I  hear cooking may be on the agenda. as well.



Demonstrations will begin at 7:00. You will also have time for a short paddle in Olney Pond. Bring a folding chair along with your boat.

Directions to Lincoln Woods State Park: from Route 146 take the exit for Twin River Road. If you are traveling north on Route 146, you will turn left at the end of the exit.

If you are traveling south on Route146, you will turn right at the end of the exit. Continue on Twin River Road until you reach the entrance booth for Lincoln Woods State Park. Take a right at the park entrance (it is a one-way road). The entrance for sites 45 and 46 will be on your left shortly after entering the park. Look for the large rock on the left.