Get on the River
Cheryl Thompson Cameron
Enjoying the Blackstone
The main stem of the river meanders 46 miles from Worcester, Massachusetts to Providence, Rhode Island through urban landscapes, historic villages, farmlands, and forests. The Blackstone drops an average of almost 10 feet per mile. This drop allowed for the development of the many mills you will see along the way. Today, 18 dams are still in place and present paddlers with the challenge of several portages in certain stretches of the river.
Providing access to the river is one of the priorities of the Corridor Commission and plans are underway to improve access points and portages. While present pollution levels allow only recreational fishing in the Blackstone River, there are strong constituencies working to build support for water quality improvement.
There are several ways to get on the river and canal, including:
Take a ride on the Blackstone Valley Explorer - narrated and special tours of the Blackstone River.
Paddle with The Blackstone River Paddle Club - evening paddles with local paddlers
Zap! the Blackstone - group activities to help revitalize the Blackstone Watershed
To get out on the river yourself - see our Google Earth River Guide showing river features, or download any of the suggested trips below based on your skill level and site preferences. Tours can be printed out at letter or legal size, but the information is the same in each.
BLACKSTONE RIVER GUIDE ON GOOGLE EARTH
BEGINNER TOURS / MASSACHUSETTS