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Kayak/Canoe Paddles

The southern RI salt ponds are wonderful places to paddle.  Please join us for some exploring!

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the launch time.  We require that all paddlers wear life jackets and provide their own equipment.  Trips may be cancelled without notice if the weather conditions are unsafe or particularly unpleasant.  Rain dates for the daytime (Saturday) paddles are the next day, conditions permitting.  Please contact us at saltpondscoalition@gmail.com (or call 401-322-3068) if you have any questions.


Ningret Pond Paddle
July 22, 2017, 9AM Launch Time
Kayak Lauch in the Ninigret Wildlife Refuge in Charlestown.

Green Hill Pond Paddle
August 12, 2017, 9AM Launch Time
ORCA Pavillion Beach Area at the end of Ram Island Road in Charlestown.

Salt Pond Safaris

Each year, our Salt Pond Safaris introduce dozens of kids to the wonders of the salt ponds.  Using a 30' seine net, we will do our best to catch a variety of aquatic creatures to introduce to the children.  The kids get hands-on experience with salt pond ecology--plan on them getting wet!  Click here to see a Tidal Page article about safaris; click here to experience our interactive online safari without getting wet.

We do require pre-registration for safaris as we can only comfortably accomodate about 15 children.

Saturday, 6/24/2017, 9:50 AM
Saturday, 7/8/2017, 9:50 AM
Wednesday, 7/19/2017, 9:50 AM
Saturday, 7/29/2017, 9:50 AM
Wednesday, 8/2/2017, 9:50 AM
Saturday, 8/5/2017, 9:50 AM
Wednesday, 8/16/2017, 9:50 AM
Saturday, 8/19/2017, 9:50 AM

Safaris meet at the Fish and Wildlife Service parking area at the end of the access road in Ninigret Wildlife Refuge, Charlestown, RI.  Take the Ninigret Park exit off of Rt. 1 North, then enter Ninigret Park on the right about 1/4 mile later. Follow the access road all the way to the end. There are toilet facilities at the parking area. We will have a short walk on a flat trail to the pond (Grassy Point), out of sight of the parking lot, and will leave the parking lot at 10 AM. Please be there at least 10 minutes early to check in--we don't want to miss you!

Safaris generally last about 1.5 hours.  Please contact us at saltpondscoalition@gmail.com (or call 401-322-3068) for more information and to register.

We gratefully acknowledge Pfizer, Inc. and Groton Laboratories for their generous support of our Salt Pond Safaries.
Other Events

Ongoing:  Board of Director Meetings
Third Monday of the month, 5-7 PM at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center in Charlestown, RI.

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SPC ANNUAL MEETING

8/21/17(Monday), 7 PM:  Please join us for SPC's Annual Meeting which will be held on the third Monday in August in the Kettle Pond Visitor Center in Charlestown, RI. This year's speaker will be Bryan Oakley, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Environmental Geoscience from Eastern Connecticut State University.

Click HERE to view this years Annual Meeting Announcement and Proxy.


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Upcoming Aquaculture Lease Review Meetings


Applications for aquaculture leases on Rhode Island's Coastal Ponds have been submitted to Rhode Island's Coastal Resources Management Council.

Click HERE to learn more about SPC's View of aquaculture on the salt ponds.

For more information about past Preliminary Determination Meetings and for updates on these applications, please check out our Hot Topics page.
Salt Ponds Coalition P.O. Box 875 Charlestown, RI 02813 (401) 322-3068 saltpondscoalition@gmail.com