Day Paddling Narragansett Bay (Backcountry Guide): A Complete Guide to the Alongshore Waters for Canoeists and Kayakers

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A complete guide to paddling the calm, low-risk waters of the Narragansett Bay system for canoeists and kayakers of all abilities.

A guide to over 100 miles of relaxing, low-risk, scenic excursions suitable for family outings in the Narragansett Bay system for kayakers and canoeists, described in detail and illustrated with accurate maps and beautiful photographs. Oldmixon describes 12 alongshore routes featuring multiple launch sites and the paddling routes that link them, ...

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Overview

A complete guide to paddling the calm, low-risk waters of the Narragansett Bay system for canoeists and kayakers of all abilities.

A guide to over 100 miles of relaxing, low-risk, scenic excursions suitable for family outings in the Narragansett Bay system for kayakers and canoeists, described in detail and illustrated with accurate maps and beautiful photographs. Oldmixon describes 12 alongshore routes featuring multiple launch sites and the paddling routes that link them, effectively creating a series of "watertrails" that paddlers can follow. These watertrails visit every region of the Narragansett Bay system, including: East and West Passage; Sakonnet River; Mount Hope Bay; Providence River; the Bristol, Newport, and Dutch Island Harbors, and more. The trips have been tailored not only to avoid channels, surf, strong currents, open water crossings, and boat traffic, but also to provide resting places and launching sites (about 40 in all) that can be used as alternative destinations or emergency refuges. 30 black & white photos, 15 maps, index. Topics include:

  • How experienced a paddler you should be before embarking on these tours
  • How to outfit your boat for a day trip
  • How to "read the water" of the various regions of the bay and what to expect while paddling them
  • Safety considerations for paddling in the bay
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881506068
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/6/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,002,223
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Eben Oldmixon is a retired biomedical researcher and also the author of Day Paddling Narragansett Bay and Day Paddling Long Island Sound. He resides in the Hudson River Valley near Newburgh, NY.

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Table of Contents

I Introducing Narragansett Bay 9
The Regions of Narragansett Bay 11
Watertrails 22
Selecting Canoes and Kayaks for the Watertrails 25
Rigging 31
Paddles 33
Piloting and Navigation 34
Risk 37
Tides, Currents, and Tide Tables 40
Bay Temperature 43
Wildlife and Natural History 43
II The Watertrails 47
Watertrail 1A South Ferry to Wickford 47
Watertrail 1B Dutch Island Harbor Circumnavigation 70
Watertrail 2 Spink Neck to Brush Point 77
Watertrail 3A Providence Bay and the West Shore of the Providence River, from Sand Point to Field's Point 99
Watertrail 3B Bristol Town Beach to Sabin Point 122
Watertrail 4A Conanicut Island, East Side, from The Dumplings to Conanicut Point 139
Watertrail 4B Newport Harbor Circumnavigation 152
Watertrail 5A Northwest Shore of Aquidneck Island, from Coggeshall's Point to Portsmouth Terminal 159
Watertrail 5B Bristol Harbor 170
Watertrail 6 Mount Hope Bay and Tributaries, from Church's Cove to Cole's River 177
Watertrail 7A Aquidneck Island Side of the Sakonnet River 193
Watertrail 7B Fogland Point to Grinnell's Beach, East Side of the Sakonnet River 206
Glossary 219
Index 229
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