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Most of the trip is quiet and scenic passing several farms and wildlife areas. On the outskirts of Westerly there are two areas of quickwater which required strong paddling. Our group was aware of this whitewater section, and all paddlers had skirts on their boats - strongly suggested, at least when paddling this section in the Spring. The second quickwater section is smaller, but much shallower, with rocks - easy to get "hungup" on - stay to the left.
Launch site on River Rd. Ashaway is small; parking for 3 cars just below dam.
Take-out in Westerly is large public boat ramp with plenty of parking. This would also make a great launch site to explore lower Pawcatuck into Little Narragansett Bay, into Watch Hill.
Our trip took about 1-1/2 hrs. - to continue down to Watch Hill would double paddle time.
Gedi Convertible Helmet
PFD's (Life Jackets)
YakCatcher Rod Holder