Recreation

“Explore the Woonasquatucket Recreation Series”

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Join us as we explore the full length of the 19-mile Woonasquatucket River–from top to bottom, North Smithfield to downtown Providence. We’ll paddle, bike and hike, highlighting the different types of environments as we explore the length of this Rhode Island treasure. 

Schedule is subject to change. Pre registration is required for all recreation events. If weather is bad, we may reschedule events, and will contact all registrants via email if so.

Learn more here about how to support WRWC’s efforts to continue bringing paddles, hiking and biking to the Woonasquatucket River community!

For more details and to register, visit WRWC.ORG/EVENTS.

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Pricing for Recreational Series Activities

Explore the Woonasquatucket Recreation Hiking/Walking Series: $10 per person

Woonasquatucket River Paddle Trips: 

$35 – Solo kayak rental

$50 – Two-person canoe rental

$25 – Bring Your Own Boat (per person – covers costs of CPR certified guides & tour info)

Advance sign-up required for all recreational events except our Free Community Paddles at Riverside Park on Thursday afternoons during the summer.

For More Information:
Erik Talley
401-481-1376
etalley@wrwc.org

Summer Community Paddle Series

We are grateful to our WRWC Summer Community Paddle Series sponsors:

Launched in 2020, the WRWC’s Summer Community Paddle series shares the joy of a paddle on the Woonasquatucket River with 300+ central Providence riverfront residents. From June 29 to September 14, we offer this free weekly paddle series every Thursday from 4:00-600 pm in Providence’s popular Riverside Park. Our experienced paddle guides offer 10-15 minute paddle tours of the stretch of river that runs through Riverside Park. These paddle experiences are not for experienced paddlers–check out our longer paddle trips if you want more!

Our guided paddles transform participants’ perspectives, offering a first-time experience on the Woonasquatucket that strengthens connections to the river and the Greenway and engages the next generation of environmental stewards and leaders. Spanish- and English-speaking staff and volunteers make the paddle series accessible to all participants.

We welcome sponsors for the Summer Community Paddle series. Your sponsorship supports our experienced recreation staff, on-site Spanish/English interpretation and engagement, and banners/neighborhood signage promoting the paddle series. Benefits include repeated exposure to our 5,000+ member email list, social media spotlights, name/logo placement on banners and other promotional materials, and onsite tabling for face-to-face engagement.

Sponsorship levels

Level 1: $5,000+

  • Name/logo placement on signage during event
  • Name/logo placement on WRWC website
  • Name/logo placement on 20+ WRWC recreation promotional emails
  • Thanks and acknowledgement in WRWC social media
  • Name/logo placement on promotional banners and signage
  • Opportunity to share company information onsite during paddle events

Level 2: $2,500-$4,999

  • Name/logo placement on signage during event
  • Name/logo placement on WRWC website
  • Name/logo placement on 20+ WRWC recreation promotional emails
  • Thanks and acknowledgement in WRWC social media
  • Name/logo placement on promotional banners and signage

Level 3: $1,000-$2,499

  • Name/logo placement on signage during event
  • Name/logo placement on WRWC website
  • Name/logo placement on 20+ WRWC recreation promotional emails
  • Thanks and acknowledgement in WRWC social media.

To become a 2023 Community Paddle Sponsor, please contact WRWC Development Director Jill Davidson at jdavidson@wrwc.org.

Woony Recreational Guides

Get to know the Woonasquatucket! Below are field guides that explore the layout, history, and wildlife of various areas we explore in our recreational series. Click each guide to view the full document and learn more about the Woonasquatucket River Watershed!

 

Connors Farm (Smithfield, RI)

 

 

 

 

Sprague Farm (Glocester Land Trust, Chepachet, RI)

Paddling Trip Guide

Explore the Woonasquatucket! Kayak or canoe alongside our experienced WRWC Paddle Team. The WRWC hosts a sensational series of paddle tours on the Woonasquatucket River each season from June through September. Join one or more of our many guided paddles as we journey from a bustling urban center to an oasis of wildlife on the Woonasquatucket River.

Cool off while you paddle and swim in the beautiful refreshing waters of Georgiaville Pond. Follow the river and pond at Stillwater Pond. Check out one of several downtown Providence paddles, where you’re sure to discover a beautiful Providence you may not know exists! We have something for everyone, no matter your skill level.

  • The WRWC provides canoes, kayaks, paddles and life jackets.
  • All skill levels welcome.
  • Children are welcome, if accompanied by an adult.
  • Trips typically last approximately 2 hours, depending on location.
  • All participants must wear a life jacket (PFD), even if you bring your own boat.

Watershed Map

Common Trips

Lower River: We usually start at the landing on South Water Street and paddle up through Waterplace Park to near Atwells Avenue and then return to the starting point. We go right through downtown Providence on this paddle, but we have seen red-tailed hawks, great blue herons, and many other birds in this stretch of the river. The complete trip is about 4 miles.

Greystone Mill Pond: Greystone Mill Pond, on the border of Johnston, North Providence and Smithfield, is a narrow, winding pond with many twists and turns, and wetlands along the way. We put in at Cricket Park in Johnston and paddle up the pond for about 5/8 mile and then turn around and paddle back to the starting point. We often see ducks, herons and other birds on this paddle.

Georgiaville Pond: This paddle is on scenic and peaceful Georgiaville Pond in Smithfield. We put in at the historic Smith-Appleby House, often get a tour of the house, and make a 2 mile circuit around the pond. This takes us past pretty, pine tree covered islands and a town park. And even get a chance to go for a swim!

Stillwater Pond and Stillwater Trail: This paddle takes us through the “narrows of the Woonasquatucket,” from Stillwater Pond to beneath the historic Smithfield Viaduct. We put in at the historic mill at the outlet of Stillwater Pond and paddle to the dam leading to the Stillwater Reservoir, observing several historically significant sites on the way before returning.

Woonasquatucket Reservoir (Stump Pond): Paddle the largest and one of the least developed reservoirs in the watershed! We put in on the west side of Woonasquatucket Reservoir in Smithfield and paddle from there up to the north end, where the Woonasquatucket flows into the reservoir at Mowry Conservation Area. You might even have the treat of stopping here for a picnic, as we sometimes do on this trip. We then sometimes loop around to the southern end of the reservoir, depending on timing and weather. The paddle is approximately 2 ½ miles long, not including the southern arm. With the southern arm it is about 5 miles in total.