September 24, 2021 – 2:33 p.m.
This past weekend, representatives from the Town of Stonington, North Stonington, Westerly and Hopkinton celebrated the launch of the Lower Pawcatuck River Quad Town Canoe and Kayak Trail.
Stretching along our two states of CT and RI, and finally breaking free into Little Narragansett Bay, the wild and scenic Pawcatuck River is a natural treasure of our community. After years of effort from many people representing our four cities, it was wonderful to officially launch this trail.
Thanks go to the North Stonington Conservation Commission for leading the project, as well as the close collaboration with the Westerly Conservation Commission, the Hopkinton Conservation Commission and the Stonington Economic Development Commission. Additionally, this would not have been possible without the support of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. One of the biggest challenges in setting up the trail was the fact that North Stonington did not have a water access point.
Mashantucket Pequot President Rodney Butler has been incredibly supportive and has worked with the City of North Stonington to provide public access.
In total, there are six sites for entering or exiting the river, with the option to extend your time on the river by walking the additional 5 miles to Napatree Point and back.
Another wonderful perk of the Donahue Park trip is the option to go to the downtown village of Pawcatuck, where kayakers are encouraged to spend time.
Copies of a brochure that includes a trail map are available at various locations around Stonington, including Town Hall, and a copy is attached.
Please consider taking your own river trip and sharing the brochure with your friends, family and neighbors. We truly hope residents and visitors alike can enjoy the wild and scenic nature of our river.
This press release was produced by the town of Stoneton. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.