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New Harbor, Block Island Professional Review and Guide
"A quintessential Block Island paddle around the Great Salt Pond. This paddle through the bustling Great Salt Pond is a nice way to get a taste of Block Island. From Block Island, experienced paddlers can also try a trip around the perimeter of the island. Another popular place to paddle here is the Old Harbor—but this is where the ferries come in, and there can be heavy boat traffic. In the Great Salt Pond, you can check out sailboats and other recreational boats and find less busy coves and inlets to explore."
--Christie Matheson, Discover Rhode Island (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
This is an easy and lovely little paddle around a large pond (really a small bay). To the south one can paddle in and out of the boats moored near the marina; to the north where it is shallower there is pleasant shoreline. There is a wildlife refuge near the cut to the open water and it is very easy to pull up on the beach near here and watch for birds (better in the migratory seasons) or have a picnic. Don't look for anything challenging here and you can leave your spray skirt at home when it's warm.
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