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Blackstone River on 3/18/17 - photo by Earl MacRae

Flatwater Planning Meeting on 3/25/17 at
 River Bend Farm-

Sea Kayak Meeting on May 13th, Details to Come!

Annual RICKA memberships expires on March 31st.  If you haven't done so already, please renew your membership by clicking here.  For your convienence, you can pay by mail or online using Paypal! 





Notice for users of the boat ramp for the Blacksktone River and Valley Falls Marsh on Maderia Street and Broad Street  in Valley Falls RI: Info Here




Vendor of the Week :  

Narrow River Kayaks




Featured Watershed:


Massachusetts Watershed Coalition





The RICKA board positon of Publicity Chair is currently vacant.  If you think you might be interested, contact presidsent Susan Engleman.




The March Paddler is now available
You can read it here! 

Each month, the Paddler brings you everything you need to know about what’s going on at RICKA. As a RICKA member, you never miss an issue since the Paddler is delivered right to your door (well, usually your email box) as soon as it is published. If you are a RICKA member, but haven’t renewed your membership lately, please do so now. Your membership expires on March 31st. If you aren’t a RICKA member, please join today. It’s just $15 for the entire family. You can register online by mail or using PayPal at
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READ THE MINUTES of the most recent Executive Committee meeting



Would you like to read more, lots more, about sea kayaking? SUBSCRIBE  NOW! Atlantic Coastal Kayaker will bring you 36 pages of monthly articles all about sea kayaking, 8 times a year. ackayak@comcast.netwww.atlanticcoastalkayaker.com  (it is a $6.00 discount for RICKA members)

Hot News:

RICKA Turns 40 this Year!

Our April 18th  Meeting is part of our RICKA Lecture Series: Boat Repair with Carl Ladd

Free Printable USGS PDF TOPO! Maps

A quick and easy way to download any 7.5 minute topo

The Hudson River Greenland Festival returns to Croton Point Park June 23 – 26, 2017! Details


The BAG LADY is beginning her 41st year making bags to protect   your boats and gear. Please take a moment to visit her new website.

Don't Go Kayaking Without These Items

 is offering RICKA members a special promo code of 15% off items that are not on sale, along with Free Shipping on orders over $49 and No Sales Tax!   You can use this unique promo code during checkout. Code CL15Y2 

Choosing the Best Paddle


Canoe Paddles

Car Top Boat Mounts by REI

How to Care for your Neoprene NRS

Getting Started Kayaking- by REI

How to Kayak- a Blog

 Cold Water Gear-
Erik Eckilson

Layering for Cold Water Boating

A Cold Water Caution

Early Season Layering

Cold Water

Cold Comfort

Movie Night! Click here- Erik Eckilson

Navigation Rules and Regulations

Wearing Orange on State Land
The requirement is to wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange from the 2nd Saturday in Sept. to the last day of February,
& the third Saturday in April to the last day in May.

Canoe or Kayak

 If you would like to sign up for the flatwater and BVPC e-mail list, click below or contact The Flatwater/BVPC group and write e-mail list in the subject line.

Click here to join RICKA_FLATWATER

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Be sure to check out our Facebook page as well!

RICKA General Meeting

Frank Cortesa
RICKA's 2016 Volunteer of the Year!

RICKA Executive Board Meetings will be held at
REI  Cranston Store
22 Chapel View Blvd, Cranston, RI 02920
About REI

RI Outdoor Recreational Council

Dam Water Releases

What Boats need registering?

USGS - streamgages

American Canoe Association offer these guidelines for responsible paddling: read more



Paddling PFD different.




Kayaking 101


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Current Activities & Events 

IMPORTANT: Scheduled trip times are DEPARTURE times, not arrival times
. Just as you wouldn't arrive at the airport at 9AM for a 9AM flight you should arrive before the departure time for paddle trips, to allow adequate time to unload boats and gear and park the car. When participants arrive late it punishes everybody who arrived on time, and discourages them from arriving on time for future paddles. At its May 2005 meeting, the RICKA Executive Committee voted that trip leaders /coordinators/ facillitators/ etc., should make every effort to begin trips on time. Any person not in the water and ready to paddle after the scheduled start of the trip should be advised of the route the trip will take in case they want to try to catch up





When boat size or paddling skill sets are specified as requirements for participation in a trip they apply to everybody.Even if you have the experience to overcome the circumstances that necessitate these requirements they still apply to you. Once an exception is made for one individual it creates a serious problem enforcing the requirements when other less experienced paddlers demand to be allowed to participate also.

Your cooperation and understanding is greatly appreciated











Non-affiliated Meetup Group of special interest to RICKA paddlers: 


















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For RICKA members joining the ACA, RICKA's PAC membership number is:  # 259690588













Check out our vendor:
The Blackstone Valley Outfitters.

Blackstone Valley Paddle Club Calendar 

See you on the Water from May through August.

BVPC won the 2016 regional National Park Service Hartzog Award for outstanding volunteer Service.   Worcester Telegram

Check for changes or cancellations before leaving from work or home





Click for the Flatwater Calendar!  2017!


Check for changes or cancellations before
 leaving from work or home

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

Flatwater Planning Meeting

Join us at River Bend Farm in Uxbridge on 3/25/17  at 1:00 pm for our annual Flatwater Planning Meeting. Please bring ideas for trips. If you would like to lead a trip but lack experience, we can partner you with an experienced leader.  Everyone is welcome.  We will have party pizza and soda, please bring a snack or dish to share if you wish.

Cheryl Thompson at 401-497-5887  or

N 42 05 641   W071 37 442

From Rt. 146 North or South: Take the exit for Rt. 16 East. Follow Rt. 16 East for about three miles into downtown Uxbridge. At light turn right and immediate left, to continue on Rt. 16 East. After light, continue to second left. Turn left onto Oak Street. Proceed north on Oak Street for about 1.5 miles, staying right at fork by school. River Bend Farm is on the right. The parking lot is next to the red barn.

Adirondack Trip 2017 !

Flatwater Trips: Do not launch your boat until the trip coordinator gives a brief safety talk and takes a head count of the paddlers. The trip coordinator will assign needed positions to other leaders: e.g. sweep boat, alternate leaders, etc.  Please wait for the leader to launch their boat or give the OK for you to launch.  

On the water, stay with the group at all times and stay behind the leaders, unless otherwise directed. Never paddle behind the sweep boat. If you leave the trip for any reason, you need to notify a leader.

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation; we want to insure that our paddles are enjoyable and safe for all. Please review these safety signals.

Check the message board for bootleg trips. Note: Bootleg trips are organized by individuals who may or may not be RICKA members. They are neither sanctioned by RICKA nor recognized as RICKA events. They are usually fun and safe, but as always, participate at your own risk.

Please check the Message Board before leaving your home for any last minute changes or cancellations.




Sea Kayaking:

For up to date information, please go to the Sea Kayak Calendar for details

All trips from September through May will be posted on the Sea Kayak Message Board.

Sea Kayak Calendar



Check the message board for bootleg trips. Note: Bootleg trips are organized by individuals who may or may not be RICKA members. They are neither sanctioned by RICKA nor recognized as RICKA events. They are usually fun and safe, but as always, participate at your own risk






Check the Whitewater Message Board to see if we are going. Appropriate skills and equipment are required for whitewater trips.

Check the message board for bootleg trips. Note: Bootleg trips are organized by individuals who may or may not be RICKA members. They are neither sanctioned by RICKA nor recognized as RICKA events. They are usually fun and safe, but as always, participate at your own risk.





Wilderness Paddling: 


Check the message board for bootleg trips. Note: Bootleg trips are organized by individuals who may or may not be RICKA members. They are neither sanctioned by RICKA nor recognized as RICKA events. They are usually fun and safe, but as always, participate at your own risk.

Please check the discussion board before leaving your home for any last minute changes or cancellations.  



Issues you need to be aware of

RICKA's Webmasters
Cheryl Thompson, Webmaster

Eric Johnson, Sea Kayaking pages Webmaster


Need to locate a club officer or member of the Executive Committee (including all activity chairs?)  Click here or see the list in any issue of the Paddler. .

Link problems on the homepage - TheSea Kayaking web pages, the Flatwater web pages, and the Whitewater webpages all reside on hosts separate from the home site. Among other reasons, this serves a security function in that,when the main RICKA site gets hacked (it has happened 5 times so far) the satellite sites are protected from being defaced and needing to be restored.

Bear in mind that web servers, like personal computers, are subject to occassional crashes and/or occassionally have to be taken offline to be upgraded. These events are beyond our control.In the event that you are unable to access one of the satellite sites or even the home site, please wait an hour and try accessing it again before reporting a problem to the Webmaster.Thanks.

USGS Real-Time Water Data for Rhode Island: Streamflow Conditions


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Discounts for members

Bring your RICKA membership card
and remember to ASK for the discount.

OspreySea Kayak Adventures:
10% off accessories.489 Old County Rd Westport Mass. 02790(508)636-0300 www.ospreyseakayak.com

Outdoorplay is reaching out to extend our club a special promo code of 15% off items that are not on sale, along with Free Shipping on orders over $49 and No Sales Tax! 
 Code - CL15Y2 
Quaker Lane Outfitters :
All canoes & kayaks 10% off. Accessories 20% off. 4019 Quaker Lane (Route 2) North Kingstown. 800-249-5400.

WaveLength Magazine: Offers a "Club Sub"introductory discountfor new subscribers who are paddling club members. Asubscription generally costs $15/year, but new subscribers who areRICKA members, can subscribe for $10. Send a check with your name andmailing address along with a note saying you belong to the RICanoe/Kayak Association. The mailing address is: WaveLength Magazine,2735 North Rd., Gabriola, BC, Canada, V0R 1X7. Check them out on theWeb at http://www.WaveLengthMagazine.com



New Bungee/ Stretch Cord for sale.  Made in New England area. All sizes, colors, and styles available.  Prices start at $5.00/spool

CALL Jonathan at : Marine Rope International Located in Cranston, RI  401-447-7973. Jon@marineropeinternational.com


Claude's Cycles:
Snowshoes 10% off. Canoe & power sports accessories 10% off. Wood canoes & fiberglass canoes 8% off. 50cc scooters 3% off. Receive an additional 2% discount on canoes and 50cc scooters when you pay by bank check. Discounts are for card carrying RICKA members and apply to non-sale items. Foxborough, Ma. (call for directions) 508-543-0490 www.claudescycles.com

Work out as if your life depends on it. 20% discount off any CrossFit membership to RICKA members. http://www.CrossFitRhody.com. 

The Kayak Centre: 10% off Glass/Composite Kayaks.  10% off Plastic Kayaks . 5% off SUP's. 20% off Accessories with boat or SUP purchase  20% off Accessories without boat purchase. Your RICKA membership card must be presented at point of purchase for the discount to be valid. Brown and Phillips Streets,Wickford Village. 1-888-SEA-KAYAK, www.kayakcentre.com

Narrow River Kayaks:
15% off rentals, tours, and accessories; 5% off kayak, SUP and canoe purchases.  10% off purchase of second kayak, canoe or SUP. 10% off any paddle accessiories or store merchanise. 15% off any kayak, canoe or SUP rental. 15% off any quided excursion.
94B Middlebridge Road, Narragansett, RI (401) 789-0334 http://www.narrowriverkayaks.com/

The Outfitters Shop At Zoar Outdoor: 10% off accessories. 7 Main St, Charlemont, MA. (413) 339 8596. www.zoaroutdoor.com/outfitters-shop-home.htm


EMS in Middletown offers RICKA members a year round discount.  The deal is 15% off name brand full price  merchandise and 20% off EMS brand full price merchandise at this location:
1313 West Main Road  Middletown, RI


Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by RICKA of any business or person.


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