This is a level 1 event, easy paddling. NO RENTALS HERE, YOU MUST HAVE YOUR OWN BOAT.
Distance 4 miles round trip
Duration : it should only be 2 hours paddle time. Plan for 3 hours in case we stop and swim.
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This site provides access to the upper Pawtuxet River. There is a gravel boat ramp here that is good for launching small boats. Only non-motorized boats and boats with electric motors are permitted. From this put-in it is an easy 2 mile paddle upstream to the base of the massive earthen dam that creates Scituate Reservoir. The first part of this paddle takes us through the winding marshy pond created by Hope Dam. Finding our way can be a little tricky because of the many marshy coves leading off of the main river channel. Slowly the river narrows as we head upstream until we are following a narrow, tree-lined river. At the end we will be paddling against a very gentle current, but under most conditions it is so gentle as to be barely noticeable. When we get to the end, stay off the Scituate Reservoir dam unless you want to tangle with the reservoir security department. There is no take-out here, so we will turn around and return to Hope Dam to complete the paddle. This will be an easy 4 mile paddle. I’ve always found the water to be very pristine, I usually take a dip somewhere along the way. I usually see a fair amount of wildlife along the river.
You should bring the essentials, PFD (mandatory) recommend attaching a whistle to the PFD, water, snack, sunscreen. Wear a suit or bring dry clothes we should be able to take a dip along the way.
Driving Landmarks: From Route 116 north or south turn onto Hope Furnace Road at the general store in Hope. 200 feet down Hope Furnace Road look for a dirt drive leading to the access site. There is a blue and white DEM sign you can see from the road.
41 43’ 52”N 71 33’ 55.19”W
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ARRIVE A FEW MINUTES EARLY TO GET YOURSELF AND YOUR KAYAK READY.