This is a site for launching hand-carried boats and it is also a portage. This typically means that to continue paddling down the river past this site you will have to portage your boat around a dam or other obstruction.
Description & Overview:
If putting in or taking out here you'll need to use the small path leading from the road down to the river above the dam. This access is on river right, where the road parallels the river. On the other hand, if you are simply portaging around the dam you can do so more easily on the other side of the river (right left), across the river from the road. The State recently purchased a small piece of property adjacent to the dam to make this portage possible.
The put-in/take-out is the first access to the Pawcatuck below the confluence of the Wood and Pawcatuck Rivers. The access from road to river is very simply: just a small, informal path to take you the 25 feet to the river. If you are on the river looking for the path, it is on the right (river right), 50 feet before the dam. Do not take out at the private landings/lawns just before this access point.
If continuing downstream past this site portage on the other side of the river (river left) or in high water it is possible to run the dam at the center, near the masonry "island."
About a mile below Burdickville, above the next take-out at Bradford, there are a group of paddle-in campsites in Burlingame Management Area. The sites or on the left. There is a large open field suitable for groups as well as five smaller, wooded sites. All sites are first-come first-serve and usually fill up in a hurry on summer weekends.
Good places to park are hard to come by at Burdickville. There is just enough room to pull off and unload your boat and gear, but the area closest to the canoe launch is marked "No Parking" and the road is narrow and closely lined with trees and vegetation in many areas. In looking for a place to park, please be considerate of the local residents and make sure your car is not blocking the road or intruding on someone's lawn. If you do find a place to park your car it would be a good idea to leave a large note on the dashboard saying you are on a canoe trip and when you will return since this access site is lightly used and people are probably not used to seeing strange cars parked along this road. However, the best idea may be to avoid the need to park at this site at all and just treat this is a portage rather than a put-in or take-out.
The Wood-Pawcatuck River Guide is highly recommended for paddling on the Wood-Pawcatuck river system.
This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Pawcatuck River watershed: Pawcatuck River.
Driving Landmarks: Burdickville Road branches off from RI Route 91 0.7 miles east of the junction with Route 216 in Bradford. The put-in is 1/2 mile down Burdickville Road from Route 91. It is on the left side of the road, 100 yards from the bridge.
Access & Waters:
Water 'Features' At Site: breached dam, flatwater/slow moving river
Note: Because one boat launch can access, say, both a lake and a river or both the upstream and downstream portions of a river, not all paddling trips at a given site will necessarily encounter all of the features listed.
Type of Access: Boat launch for hand carried boats
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Shoreline: The trail to the put in is only about 25 feet long but it is narrow and rather steep. It is just above the breached dam at Burdickville. The shoreline is soft but is firm enough to stand on.
Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 25 feet
Sources for More Information:
AMC River Guide: 4th Edition, page 137
Other Guidebooks: Paddle 27 in "Paddling Connecticut and Rhode Island"
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This site report was last updated on March 30, 2015