On  July 11, 2023, the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club made its annual trip to Waterpark Place, one of our few urban paddles.  Thirteen members showed up at Bold Point Park in East Providence for the 6:00 pm launch into the head of Narragansett Bay.  The weather was clear and sunny, with a perfect 80 degree air temperature.  We paddled across the top of the bay toward the India Point Park Community Boathouse and past the Providence-Newport ferry landing.  The slight ocean choppiness and the occasional recreational boat wake made for a sense of adventure. 

 We turned right at the mouth of the Providence River and went under the Providence River Bridge (the Iway I-195 relocation bridge).  We paddled briefly against the outgoing tide as we passed through the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier and then under the aging Point Street Bridge.    

 As we passed under the new Michael S. Van Leesten Memorial Providence Pedestrian Bridge  built on the pillars of the former section of I-195, a lively Kiz on the Bridge social dancing party was in progress.  Further up the river, we passed local landmarks, Hememway’s Restaurant and Café Nuovo.  At the fork of the Moshassuck River, we paddled left onto the Woonasquatucket River toward Waterplace Park.  Continuing north we went through the tunnels under Providence Place Mall and then under the I-95 new viaduct construction.  The setting sun brightly lit the waterway ahead.  Some in our group elected to paddle upstream as far as the Rhode Island Blood Bank.  Others ventured no further than the Dean Street Bridge.    

The paddle back to bold Point Park was slightly easier with the outgoing tide.  We arrived at the Bold Point Park put-in just as the sun was setting.  Click on the link   below to see and navigate a detailed image of the paddle route. 



Manny Terezakis