From fishing to paddling, birding to navigating with map and compass, there are many opportunities to enjoy the Wood-Pawcatuck Wild & Scenic Watershed.


There are 52+ miles of flat water canoe and kayaking in the watershed. The Wood, Pawcatuck and Chipuxet Rivers are popular destinations. Paddling Route Maps and an interactive River Conditions Report from the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association are linked below.

Walking and Hiking

The Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed is one
of the least developed watershed ecosystems in the New York to Boston corridor.

There is an abundance of preserved land in the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed! Nearly all are listed on, a website founded and maintained by the RI Land Trust Council and the RI Blueways Alliance. AllTrails requires a username and password, but does have trail descriptions and a mobile app

Hunting and Fishing

The majority of protected land is owned by the state bodies, conservation organizations, and land trusts. Fishing – trout stamp.

The watershed contains some of the largest, contiguous, forested areas in southeastern New England. The lakes, ponds, rivers and streams are popular destinations for the freshwater anglers in the region.

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