Explore the history and beauty of the Blackstone Valley through the use of the historic local waterways. Here at Wild Bird Gardens,  we offer both the experienced and beginner paddlers a unique and comfortable trip. These self guided trips explore the abundance of nature and the exceptional history available only to those who choose to go.

The Challenges of Spring Water Levels

Trip Guide: Blackstone Gorge to Woonsocket

Trip Guide: The West River Dam

Trip: Millbury Paddle


  Trip # 1- Blackstone River and Canal @ River Bend Farms, Oak St., Uxbridge

         Trip Length: approximately 5 miles
         Duration: 2.5 to 3.5 hours
         Experience required: Beginner
         Exercise level: Easy

  Description:  This is one of the most historic sites on the Blackstone River. You enter at the calm waters of the canal behind the old Voss Farm. Take a moment if you like to explore the historic displays at the visitor center. These displays help you to understand the long  history on developing the river and it's identity as the birthplace of the industrial revolution. The enclosed canal section is 1.5 miles long. The trees arch over the water here creating a secluded feeling. You can almost hear the voices of the mule drivers as they towed the barges north in the mid 1700s. When you choose to leave this area you paddle north and carry your boats 100 feet over a short portage to enter into the river. You paddle upstream against a gentle current until you reach the most intact lock on the river at Goat Hill. Think here about the tolls collected and the passage of goods and wares. The beauty has not been lost here as you will see gorgeous flowers and marshlands as you head north. Many sighting of deer, turtles and osprey are reported. You can choose at this point to let yourself slowly float back to your beginning, or for those with a more adventurous spirit you can challenge the river as you wind your way farther north exploring the flood plain behind the dam. When you are ready turn back to arrive at Voss Farm again and perhaps enjoy a picnic or a stroll through the park.

 Included in this trip: delivery and pickup of single or tandem kayaks or canoes( based on availability, so reserve early) paddles and coast guard approved life jackets, a dry bag for each group, site orientation, paddle instruction and safety talk. 

 Cost per person: $35.00


Trip #2   West River state park and sanctuary,  West River Road, Uxbridge, Ma

      Trip Length: up to 6 miles
      Duration: 3 to 3.5 hours
      Experience required: Beginner
      exercise level: Easy

Description: This is one of my favorite places to paddle. The scenery  is outstanding and wildlife is plentiful You enter the West River next to a public swimming area and paddle south entering the slack water behind the West River Dam. This is a gorgeous marshland surrounded by towering pines. The boats you will be taking only require 2-3 inches of water so take the time to explore the over 200 acres of wetlands. Don't be surprised to see a snapper the size of a platter or even have a fish jump in your boat. It's all part of the adventure. When you return to the swimming area you will then paddle under a stone arched bridge to explore the northern portions of this river. Paddle quietly and be rewarded with constant sightings of songbirds and raptors. This area is noted as one of Cornells best bird banding and sighting areas. As you paddle north the river will narrow, eventually deterring the faint of heart. Head back to enjoy the rest of your stay at the park with a leisurely swim, picnic, or walk.

 Included in this trip: delivery and pickup of single or tandem kayaks and canoes( based on availability, so reserve early) paddles and coast guard certified life jackets, a dry bag for each group, site orientation, paddle instruction and safety talk.

   Cost per person:  $35.00


   Trip #3-  Lackey Dam Reservation and the Mumford River

          Trip Length: approximately 6 miles
          Duration: 3 to 3.5 hours
          Experience required: beginner / intermediate
          exercise level: Moderate

  Description: Explore the natural history of the Mumford River, a tributary of the Blackstone. Enter a world of open marshlands and pond, then disappear deep into the woods on the river itself. You enter this area above the Lackey Dam into a still and quiet pond and marsh. The pond is almost 1.5 miles long before you enter the winding stream of the Mumford River. The river brings you deep into the forest where a twilight is almost always there. The river starts to work with more force here showing how it has carved this course through the woods. Bird calls seem to echo around you and mystery hangs in the air. You are stopped by a small section of white water and turn around to wind your way back to the beginning.

    Included in this trip: delivery and pickup of single or tandem kayaks or canoes (based on availability so reserve early) paddles and coast guard approved life jackets, a dry bag for each group, site orientation, paddle instruction and safety talk.

  Cost per person: $35.00


Start times for all trips are 8:30 am or  12:30 pm. Trips are by reservation only, walk-ins are not allowed. Children are allowed though certain conditions apply. Paddlers must be in good enough physical condition to sustain light to moderate exercise for the duration of the trip and be able to remain seated  for this period of time. Paddling  is always at  customers own risk.

Cancellation policy: Trips are always weather permitting. If a trip is cancelled for rainy weather reasons all moneys will be refunded. All other cancellations require a  72 hour notice to receive refund.