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Kayaking on Wood River - from Arcadia RI to Richmond RI

Rating: Two Stars - We kayaked this route as a four-some family on two tandem kayaks. Water was fast-flowing. Lots of tree obstacles to navigate around (nothing to difficult) that makes for interesting paddlilng. The whole stretch are tree-lined on boths banks. The take out is on the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association Office public dock.

  Put in at Route 165
  in Arcadia RI.
Take out at Arcadia Road
  in Richmond RI.
Estimated distance
  = 4 miles
Arcadia Wildlife
  Management Area
Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed
  Association Office

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Kayaking on Wood River - from Arcadia RI to Richmond RI

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Explore RI's Blueways and Greenways: Route 165 Put In
Explore RI's Blueways and Greenways: Barberville Dam Takeout
Wood-Pawtucket Watershed Association

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At the put in to Wood River on Route 165 in Arcadia RI.
Trip date is June 2017.

The public access area to Wood River.

The Boston Kayaker's wife, 2 tandem kayaks and an electric bike.
That bike I will use to shuttle back here after I position the pickup at the takeout.


The Boston Kayaker's son and daughter just launched on Wood River.

The Boston Kayaker on the back of the tandem, now on the Wood River.

The skies are sunny but will be cloudy in the last hour of this trip.

Quick water.

River bending to the right.

Now bending to the left . . .

That tree in the middle is not supposed to be the way.

Impaled on a tree on the Wood River!

A family on a canoe in front of us. There are 2 small girls on the boat (not seen in picture).

Sharp bend to the right.

Camera pointed backwards.

A fly-fisher on Wood River.

The family on the canoe taking a break.

Caterpillars abound on Wood River today.

This is what happens when you do not pay attention to the river!

The Boston Kayaker on Wood River.

Water lilies on a cove on the right.

A guy and his paddle board ("stand-up paddling" or SUP).

Another lady on doing standup paddling (with the other guy).

The Wood River has widened and now this portion is a named pond Fry Pond.

A couple of kayakers on Wood River.

That house/building is the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association Office.

The takeout is on right just behind this office.

In the background is the Arcadia Road bridge over the Wood River.
In the foreground is the top of the Barberville Dam.
We can clearly hear the water falling over this dam.

Landed. Paddle time is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

The stand-up paddlers landed just behind us.

Barberville Dam about 30 feet from the takeout.