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Summer Paddle- Potter Hill to Westerly Landing

July 6, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm


Please join us for our free, guided kayak/canoe paddles on Thursdays. We will pass various local conservation lands, including some of our own Westerly Land Trust preserves. We’ll stop for a swim on some of the trips! These paddles are between 1 ½ to 3 hours long. Bring your own kayak/canoe, paddle, life jacket, whistle, water, snacks, etc. We will shuttle vehicles at 9:30 AM unless stated to the contrary.  Please arrive early: our trips leave promptly.

July 6              Potter Hill to Westerly Landing

This is an interesting paddle on the Pawcatuck River where it serves as the boundary between CT and RI. The trip ends as the river winds through downtown Westerly, which is an interesting urban portion of the river. Put in on right bank below the dam and bridge on Laurel St. Quick water at start is followed by a steady current. After passing under Boom Bridge, it is about 1.5 miles to the removed dam and mill at White Rock. The river soon runs under White Rock Bridge and it’s about 0.5 mile to Rte 78. The Stillmanville dam is 0.75 mile downstream. A canal on left side is kayakable/canoeable (Class II rapids) in most conditions. Takeout is at Westerly Landing, which is off Main Street, across from McQuade’s Supermarket.

Put in: N 41º 24.857’ W 071º 47.757’    Take out: N 41º 22.523’ W 071º 49.898’


  • PFD’s: Personal flotation devices or Life Jackets MUST be worn by all our paddlers properly zipped and/or buckled at all times while on the water, in the manner intended by the manufacturer. Persons not willing to follow this requirement are not permitted on our trips. Inflatable PFD’s are NOT allowed.
  • Sound signal (whistle, horn, etc.) is required.
  • If weather is questionable, contact leader.
  • Boat ramps can normally be used to launch canoes and kayaks but keep the boat ramp clear for boat trailers.
  • We will meet at put in points and carpool to takeout sites unless stated otherwise. This means you will have already dropped off your kayak/canoe at the put in and only drivers will go down to the takeout spot @ 9:30 AM.


July 6, 2017
9:30 am - 12:30 pm


Elly Heyder


Potter Hill Dam
Intersection of Potter Hill Road and River Road
Ashaway, RI 02804
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