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River Access


Numerous areas along the Blackstone River and its tributaries have served as unofficial boat launch sites for years. Constant use has resulted in severe erosion at some of the sites and riverbanks need to be stabilized to prevent further damage. Projects undertaken by the BRWA, and supported by the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission and other partners, repair and enhance these areas to ensure permanent access by boaters and fishermen. These efforts will also enhance public safety and lessen the environmental impacts to associated waterways.

Recently completed projects include Plummer’s Landing in Northbridge, the Millville Lock in Millville and Rice City Pond Dam in Uxbridge.

For more information on paddling in the Blackstone Watershed see the recreation page.

Rice City Pond Dam


The steps down to the river below the dam at Rice City Pond

The steps down to the river below the dam at Rice City Pond. Paddling downriver from here takes you to Mendon Street (Route 16) in Uxbridge.

The steps down to the canal below the dam at Rice City Pond

The steps down to the canal below the dam at Rice City Pond. Paddling down the canal from here takes you to the River Bend Farm Visitor Center.

The path and steps down to the river above the dam that forms Rice City Pond

The path and steps down to the river above the dam that forms Rice City Pond. From here you can paddle under the bridge and into Rice City Pond.

Plummer's Landing


The new path and steps down to the river, built in the fall of 2011

The new path and steps down to the river, built in the fall of 2011.

View down river at Plummer's Landing, in November of 2008, before the new steps were installed

View down river at Plummer's Landing, in November of 2008, before the new steps were installed.

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