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Clear Currents Community Paddling Night 2023

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Grab Your Paddles and Help Us Light Up the River During WaterFire Providence’s Clear Currents Community Paddling Event on Saturday, August 19, 2023!

What is Clear Currents?

Clear Currents is a community paddling event that celebrates improved water quality in RI. Clear Currents features close to 80 illuminated Japanese koi (fish) temporarily mounted on kayaks that registered participants will paddle up and down the river after sunset. The brightly colored fish will beautifully complement the 80 wood-burning braziers installed on the river! Clear Currents celebrates the cleaner water that the opening of the Narragansett Bay Commission’s Combined Sewer Overflow; an initiative that has greatly improved water quality throughout the entire bay area over the past few years.

How Can You Participate?

WaterFire Providence is looking for experienced paddlers, who own a kayak, to sign up and join us as participants in this unique on-the-water event. Here’s your chance to play an active role in this truly unique work of art! Don’t miss this opportunity to experience WaterFire up close and personal from right on the river!

There is a participation fee to help cover the cost of materials for this exciting event. The fee includes a Clear Currents commemorative T-Shirt for registered participants. Participants registering after 4:00 p.m. on August 4th may not get their first choice of t-shirt size. Please register early to guarantee your selection.

  • $75 for a one-person Kayak (solo kayaks only please*)

All paddlers must be 18+ years old to participate.


  • All participants in the Clear Currents event are expected to be experienced paddlers, participation in this event requires long periods of sustained paddling.
  • Solo kayaks only please.* Due to safety considerations outrigger or inflatable vessels are not allowed
  • Stand-up Paddle Boards are not permitted.
  • Sit-on-top kayaks are not permitted.
  • Inflatable kayaks are not permitted.
  • Canoes will not be permitted.
  • Due to safety and spacial awareness requirements on the river, no vessel may exceed 14′ in length.

* Tandem kayaks will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Tandem Kayaks that are approved will need to purchase a Co-Paddler Ticket. Due to safety and spacial awareness requirements on the river, no vessel may exceed 14′ in length.

 If you have any questions please email them to WaterFire Providence at

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