Paddle two ponds in Smithfield on a WRWC tour

Paddle two ponds in Smithfield on a WRWC tour

The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council will be leading paddles on the historic Woonasquatucket River from Smithfield through downtown Providence.

Paddlers of all skill levels are welcome. The tours provide an opportunity to learn about the river's history and the variety of birds and wildlife that live here.

On Thursday, Aug. 14, head up river to Georgiaville Pond in Smithfield. Begin with a tour of the historic Smith-Appleby House, built in 1696, and then paddle to the town beach for a sunset swim. This is an easy, beginner-friendly paddle.

On Aug. 23, take a journey across Stump Pond in Smithfield. Arrive at the north end of the pond, have a picnic lunch and hike through part of the Mowry Conservation Area. Then paddle back along the east side of the reservoir. Local birding expert Evan Lipton will provide instruction and insight on bird watching throughout the trip.

Advance sign-up is required. The price is $40 per person when using a WRWC boat, or $20 if you bring your own canoe or kayak.

To register or for more information, email or call Erik Talley at etalley@wrwc.org or 401-481-1376.