Best Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing in Rhode Island

This list represents the most popular flatwater kayaking & canoeing in Rhode Island. Use this list to plan your next Rhode Island flatwater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Wood River, Exeter & Hopkinton


A fun paddle on a pristine, flowing river. The Wood River is one of Rhode Island's natural treasures: A pristine, flowing waterway that winds from Arcadia Management Area through beautiful woodlands d…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Exeter, RI - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 6 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#2. Ninigret Pond


This 1,700-acre saltwater pond is just steps away from Block Island Sound. Ninigret Pond, at 1,700 acres, is the largest saltwater pond in Rhode Island. Just steps from the beaches of Block Island So…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Charlestown, RI - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 11 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#3. Wood River and Alton Pond


This and the rivers of the Great Swamp are the two premier paddling destinations in Rhode Island. Expect to see large numbers of birds and other wildlife, along with diverse trees and shrubs. The riv…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island: AMC's Canoe and Kayak Guide, 3rd Edition"
Hopkinton, RI - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 6.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#4. Blackstone River, Woonsocket & Cumberland


An educational trip through the historic Blackstone River Valley. The 46-mile Blackstone River, which flows from Worcester, Massachusetts, to Providence, was a key element of the American Industrial R…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Woonsocket, RI - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 4.25 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#5. Narrow River, South Kingstown & Narragansett


A picturesque paddle in a rich and diverse natural habitat. The Narrow River, also known as the Pettaquamscutt River, is more than just a narrow river—the watershed area also includes a tidal inlet, a…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
South Kingston, RI - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#6. Pawcatuck River


The wide Pawcatuck River offers a great paddling opportunity along generally secluded wooded shores, with understory shrubs that bloom in profusion in spring. You will see osprey that nest here, alo…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island: AMC's Canoe and Kayak Guide, 3rd Edition"
Charlestown, RI - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 8 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. Kickemuit River, Bristol & Warren


A beautiful paddle up and down the saltwater Kickemuit River. The lovely Kickemuit River, a tidal river affectionately dubbed the “Kicky” by locals, lies between Bristol and Warren and flows into Moun…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Bristol, RI - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 4.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. Pawcatuck River, Hopkinton & Westerley


A pretty paddle through small historic mill villages, undeveloped forest, and open marsh. The pretty Pawcatuck River flows from Worden Pond, in the Great Swamp Management Area, all the way to Little N…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Hopkinton, RI - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 7 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#9. Stillwater Reservoir


Do not expect a wilderness experience on Stillwater Reservoir (also known as Wounasquatuck Reservoir and Stump Pond), but paddling here in the early morning or at midweek can be quite pleasant. Once h…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island: AMC's Canoe and Kayak Guide, 3rd Edition"
Smithfield, RI - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#10. Olney Pond


Olney Pond is a beautiful little wooded pond just minutes from downtown Providence. Because of that proximity, hikers, joggers,and bicyclists abound, especially on weekends. You can expect to find b…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island: AMC's Canoe and Kayak Guide, 3rd Edition"
Lincoln, RI - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#11. Worden Pond


A serene paddle around a large freshwater pond between the Chipuxet and Pawcatuck Rivers. Situated at the southern end of the Great Swamp Management Area, the 1,043-acre Worden Pond is the largest fre…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
South Kingston, RI - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 5.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#12. Big River


Big River flows north on an imperceptible current through a broad marsh rich with wildlife. Look for deer, great blue heron, osprey, muskrat, and beaver. Many species of aquatic plants fill the wate…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island: AMC's Canoe and Kayak Guide, 3rd Edition"
Coventry, RI - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 2.3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#13. Worden Pond, Great Swamp, Chipuxet River, and Charles River


This and the Wood River are the two premier paddling destinations in Rhode Island. Stick to the rivers on windy days. Expect to see large numbers of birds and other wildlife, along with diverse trees…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island: AMC's Canoe and Kayak Guide, 3rd Edition"
South Kingstown, RI - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#14. Brickyard Pond


This small, shallow urban pond is a bird-watching paradise. Expect to see osprey, mute swan, Canada goose, wood duck, great blue heron, spotted sandpiper, catbird, cardinal, goldfinch, and more.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island: AMC's Canoe and Kayak Guide, 3rd Edition"
Barrington, RI - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#15. Belleville Pond


Highly productive Belleville Pond boasts good fishing and great waterfowl habitat. We’ve watched fishermen pull sizable bass out of the pond, and during fall migration, we’ve seen many species of wate…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island: AMC's Canoe and Kayak Guide, 3rd Edition"
North Kingstown, RI - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#16. Bowdish Reservoir


Paddle around the bog mats at the center of this biologically rich reservoir. This 226-acre reservoir in the George Washington Management Area used to be all bog, but these days it’s much more paddler…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Glocester, RI - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#17. Seapowet Marsh


A serene paddle through interconnected salt marshes and a tidal creek. This refuge area reaches inland from the shores of the Sakonnet River and combines a variety of coastal habitats, including a pro…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Tiverton, RI - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#18. Hundred Acre Cove


A quiet paddle rich in unique wildlife and still close to Rhode Island’s capital. Located just off the Wampanoag Trail—otherwise known as RI 114, the heavily traveled road that goes from Providence to…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Barrington, RI - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 3.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#19. Bowdish Reservoir


Bowdish Reservoir is a recreation destination, with camping, bicycling, hiking, and paddling available. The reservoir has some development and suffers from road noise, but an unusual plant assemblag…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island: AMC's Canoe and Kayak Guide, 3rd Edition"
Glocester, RI - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#20. Belleville Pond


A quiet paddle in a mostly undeveloped inland marsh habitat. Just a short distance inland from Wickford Harbor lies Belleville Pond, a 159-acre pond teeming with wildlife. The water is shallow—8 feet…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
North Kingston, RI - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 2.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books