The heat broke last weekend at the perfect time since I was leading a (RICKA) club trip on the Pawcatuck River in Charlestown, RI. With the nice weather we had a good turn out – 17 boats – 3 canoes and 14 kayaks. We ran the section from the Jay Cronin Access in Richmond to the Bradford Landing in Bradford. I paddled tandem with Jonathan in his Explorer,
The trip is about 8 miles, but is like two different trips. For the first four miles the river is narrow and almost jungle-like as it twists and turns trough the woods. We had to maneuver around or over 8 blow-downs – it was slow going.
At about the halfway point, the Wood River joins the Pawcatuck, and the river opens up.
The main feature on this section is an old broken dam at Burdickville, which can be portaged or run to the right.
It was low and rocky, and we did have a couple of swims.
From there it is flatwater down to the take out. Four hours to run 8 miles, but it was still a fun trip. Few more pictures here: