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Pawcatuck River canoe and kayak trail to open Sept. 19

The Lower Pawcatuck River Quad Town Canoe and Kayak Trail, which designates public boat launch sites on a 10-mile stretch of the river, will officially open Sept. 19 when a ceremony will be held at noon at the launch site at Boombridge Road in North Stonington.

This is the third launch site on the trail, with the first at Laurel and Maxon streets in Hopkinton, R.I., and the second just south of the Potter Mill Dam on Post Office Lane in Westerly.

The three sites after the Boombridge Road launch are at White Rock Road in Westerly, Donahue Park in Stonington, and the Westerly Boat Ramp on Main Street. From there, it's another five miles to Napatree Point.

Copies of a brochure that includes a map of the trail will be available at the ceremony. Brochures also can be found at North Stonington Town Hall, Wheeler Library, Watch Hill Outfitters and Adventure Mystic.

For more information, contact North Stonington Conservation Chairman Bill Ricker at (860) 535-2426 or williamricker@comcast.net.

Organizers spent years completing the trail in cooperation with the conservation commissions in North Stonington, Westerly and Hopkinton, as well as the Stonington Economic Development Commission, Ricker said in a news release. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation also designated a right of way on its property off Boombridge Road.

e.moser@theday.com

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