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Friday, May 28, 2021

Slots open for boating and birding






Photo by Thomas James Tetzner


Birding or Challenging Paddle? 2 Great options!


Boats and Birds!

10am - 12pm

June 3rd or 10th - Rain dates June 4th or 11th



There are still spots available!

When URI students paddled this section during spring, they identified many different birds from sight and sound. Downy woodpeckers, purple martins, yellow warblers, white-breasted nuthatch, belted kingfisher... the list goes on and on! As part of the national Wild and Scenic River System, the Upper Wood River is designated "wild" due to the lack of development and abundance of wildlife... including birds!


Get out on the water this June with birding expert Laura Carberry of Audubon Society of RI and paddling expert and naturalist, Denise Poyer, long time WPWA staff member, now retired.


  • Contact Email:
  • Cost:
    • $50.00 per Member (ASRI or WPWA; Otter members and above must pay for this program)
    • $75.00 per Non member
  • Boats and equipment are included, paddlers of all levels welcome.
  • Register early, program is limited to 8 people.
  • 12 years of age and up.
  • Registration is through Audubon Society of RI's Calendar. Select June 3 and/or June 10th program "Boats and Birds!"




Upper Wood River:

Great for Experienced Paddlers


Tentatively scheduled for June 4th or 5th


Heads up!

This Spur of the Moment Paddle is coming soon!

WPWA hosts spur of the moment paddles to maximize good weather and minimize rescheduling or use of rain dates. 


Registration is not yet live. We are watching the weather for the following dates:

the afternoon of Friday, June 4th OR

the morning of Saturday, June 5th.


Paddling the Upper Wood River is a blast for experienced paddlers. The river meanders around sand banks,

runs over rocks, and beneath fallen trees.

This spring, there are no or limited obstructions. A real treat!


Registration is coming soon via email and our events page:


Rounded Rectangle: Click Here for a Map of the Upper Wood River