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Kayaking on Slatersville Reservoir and Branch River - in North Smithfield RI

Rating: Two Stars - Very pleasant paddle I had. The reservoir has a nice shape to it that you do not get to see the whole from any point and must paddle along and around to see it. A short trip into Branch River gave this route variety.

  Put in at Victory Hiway / Route 102
  in North Smithfield RI.
Paddle north, then southwest
  to Branch River and return.
Estimated round trip
  distance = 3.5 miles
  Pond Dam
  Upper Dam
  not alllowed.

Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to determine the legality, suitability and safety of this route for yourself.

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Explore RI's Blueways and Greenways: Slatersville Reservoir
Erik Eckilson: Slatersville Reservoir Kayak Trip Report

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At Slatersville Reservoir in North Smithfield RI.
Trip date is September 2012.

Launch parking area.

Information kiosk.

Slatersville Reservoir boat ramp.

Just launched in Slatersville Reservoir.

Looking back at the launch, there is this family that has white-water kayaks.

Looking north.

I will be paddling south first.

Nice reservoir. Shores are tree-lined.

Fast boat.

The eastern coast has some developments.

Another bridge-now-gone abutments.

Now entering the Branch River.

A turtle on Branch River.

I can see Douglas Street Bridge.

Just before the Douglas Pike bridge is an impassable rock garden.

I have reached my point of return and will now turn around.

I am now paddling back to Slatersville Reservoir.

Back to the reservoir.

Here comes the wake!

Unlike other kayakers, I do not get annoyed with these wakes.

The white-water family. The father teaching the kids eskimo roll.

Now paddling towards the north end of the reservoir.

Those two concrete abutments marks the dam. I can hear it!


Now paddling south towards the boat ramp.

On the water for 1 hour 56 minutes.

Upper Slatersville Reservoir Dam seen from below the dam.