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Cold Spring Park

42° 0.475' N    71° 31.562' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Map Server   Acme Maps

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This is a site for launching hand-carried boats such as canoes or kayaks.

Description & Overview:

The site provides small craft access to the Blackstone River in Woonsocket. Cold Spring Park is a city park in Woonsocket, abutting the Blackstone River. There is parking on site. Heading downstream from here it is a mile to the dangerous Thundermist Dam which must be portaged on the left. This is a lengthy (1/3 mile) portage on city streets to River Island Park, which is a better put-in for paddling down river from this area. The Blackstone River in this area includes occasional quickwater and class I whitewater so it is best for more experienced paddlers.

This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Blackstone River watershed: Blackstone River.


Town: Woonsocket

Nearest Town Center: Woonasocket

Driving Landmarks: Look for the entrance road to the park off Harris Avenue (Route 122), just north of the center of Woonsocket. The access to the river is at the end of the park access road.

Access & Waters:

Water 'Features' At Site: 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

Float/Dock: no


Parking: yes

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no

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This site report was last updated on March 4, 2008

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