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Acela crossing the Duck River in Old Lyme Ct. - Photo by Bill Mitchell



The Flatwater Calendar is now up, check out our trips for this season!



Annual RICKA memberships expired 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! 



Vendor of the Week :  

EMS Eastern Mountain Sport 



Weekly featured Watershed:  



Last Green Valley 

Interview with the Last Green Valley's director




Local Watershed Clean-ups:




Save the Bay Cleanups!

 Wood Pawcatuck River Watershed Association  April 25th contact Denise Poyer Earth Day Cleanup: Saturday, April 25, 2015  Help WPWA keep our watershed healthy and beautiful by volunteering a few hours of your time to clean up a public access area along one of our beautiful rivers. You choose a time that is convenient for you - anytime the weekend of April 24-26. Chose a site and then PLEASE EMAIL denisep@wpwa.org with the following information: http://www.wpwa.org/events.php 

Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council Clean Days on the Greenway Kickoff: April 25, 2015 9 am. Location: Hillside Avenue Bike Path Access. The Woonasuatucket River Watershed Council and local businesses will come together with hundreds of volunteers to kick off our 2015 Clean Days on the Greenway! Join us to help clean and beautify the Woonasquatucket River and the Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway Bike Path. http://www.wrwc.org/

More local Clean-ups can be found here....



The  April 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 Join the Fun


Important: for members requesting the "Paddler" newsletter by email  Click here.

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Hot News:

Flatwater Training including rescues  6/14/15

Warning: There is a tree blocking the channel of the Pawcatuck River. Just below the Stillman Ave. Bridge.

Scouting Surf

Bow Lines: Gear Junkie


DEM warning about aquatic invasive species

An emerging tick-borne disease is starting to show up. The Powassan virus has symptoms that are similar to those of Lyme disease. But once contracted, there’s no treatment for Powassan. In some cases, it can be fatal.... more info....

Dam Water Releases for 2015

The Blackstone Valley Paddle Club has their 2015 calendar updated  &  ready to view!  BVPC Calendar

The Kayak Centre's 2015 Demo Weekend
5/2 & 5/3 Wickford Town Beach

Launch Sites
App by Paddling.net

Kayak for Camp
more info...

Save the Lakes

Cane Canoe Seats Replaced -contact Jim Cole if interested.


As you journey through life, choose your destinations well.  Avoid the shortcuts...wander the back roads...enjoy the scenery. Gentle Adventures

Cold Water Layering

 Wood, Pawcatuck Rivers- Wild & Scenic

 New National Park for the Blackstone River Valley

Layering for Cold Water

Cold Comfort

A Cold Weather Caution




Late Season Layering

Cold Water Protection

RICKA General Meeting

 Trip Planning and Leading Trips, click here.. 




RICKA has a no- hassle library service  More...... 



 Dam Releases

USGS - streamgages

How to signal  for help

Get on the River- Self Guided Tours of the Blackstone River

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

RI  Freshwater Ramps
CT State Boat Ramps  

How is a paddling PFD different.

Kayaking 101

Canoe & Kayak buying guide

Choosing the right paddle

Boat Materials

Paddling Basics Kayak

Paddling Basics Canoe


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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








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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 2015 Calendar

May 7th Upper Pawtuxe joint paddle with SNEP and BVPC
May 12th Slatersville Reservoir 
May 19th Turner Reservoir and the 10 mile River
May 26th Quinsigamond River @ Riverview Apts. 
June 2nd Ranger Night at River Bend Farm 

Check for changes or cancellations before leaving from work or home


Click for the Flatwater Calendar!
Check for changes or cancellations before leaving from work or home

May 3rd  Wood River
May 9th  Snake River
May 10th Quinebaug Faybian -W.Thompson
May 11th Valley Falls Marsh
May 16th Assabet and Concord Rivers
May 23rd Charles River and Populatic Pond
May 30th Pawcatuck River
June 6th  Charles River Medfield to Natick

Flatwater Training
including rescues  6/14/15

Cape Cod Paddling Week

Adirondack State Park camping & paddling week August

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.

At the take out, please do not leave the parking lot until the trip coordinator has taken a final head count. 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 discussion 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
         April 25 Sea Kayak Potluck  & Paddle
        May 3 Wickford Harbor
        May 9 Bay Campus
        May 17 Westport River Current Play
        May 24 Jamestown

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



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.

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

READ THE MINUTES of the most recent Executive Committee meeting


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

15% off gear. Use code bce-1000 during checkout. http://www.outdoorplay.com/kayaks

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



Blackstone Valley Outfitters:
10% off retail prices on all kayak accessories, guided trips and instructions, at Blackstone Valley Outfitters 25 Carrington Street, Lincoln, RI 02865 401-312-0369, www.bvori.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 Composite Kayaks  15% off Plastic Kayaks  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


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


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