Narrow River Preservation Association
Friday, April 28, 2017
NRPA: Working since 1970 to preserve, protect, and restore Narrow River and its watershed.

We hope you will join us at one of our many upcoming events!

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May 20, Saturday - 30th Annual Narrow River Road Race 

10K Run, 5K Run and 5K Walk along the scenic Narrow River 

Click here for online registration.

Click here for printable brochure, including a map of the race route.

Race check in starts at 8:30am, all races begin at 10am. 

Narragansett Town Beach, North Pavilion 


May - Salt Marsh Grass Seedling planting in restored marshes along Lower Narrow River 

Exact schedule to be determined based on weather. 

Click here for details and to sign up.

Middlebridge Marina, Middlebridge Road, Narragansett


June 17, Saturday - What Lives in the River 

A hands-on, all-ages introduction to fish, shellfish, crabs and other inhabitants of Narrow River. 9:00am-11:00am 

Please preregister here for this FREE event. 

Middlebridge Marina, Middlebridge Road, Narragansett 

June 24, Saturday - 12th Annual Turnaround Swim 

Join us for this one mile, open water loop swim in the Narrow River. Check in starts at 7:45am, swim begins at 9:00am. 

Click here to register online.

URI Boathouse, 166 Walmsley Lane, North Kingstown 

July 21, Friday - 10th Annual Pettaquamscutt Paddle 

Choose discounted 2 hour kayak rental from 9am-noon OR sunset paddle with refreshments and conversation starting at 5:00pm. 

All proceeds to benefit NRPA. Rain date July 22. 

Click here to email Narrow River Kayaks to reserve your spot.

Narrow River Kayaks, Middlebridge Road, Narragansett 

August 5, Saturday - Art on the River 

Join us for en plein air art along the shore of Narrow River with art supplies provided by NRPA. 9:00am - 11:00am 

Click here to preregister for this FREE event.

Middlebridge Marina, Middlebridge Road, Narragansett 






The 12th Annual Narrow River Turnaround Swim

is set for Saturday, June 24.





Art on the River

Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 9:00am - 11:00am at the Middlebridge Marina, Middlebridge Road, Narragansett


Join us for en plein air art along the shore of Narrow River hosted by Narrow River Preservation Association. Local artists will give instruction to adults in drawing and painting scenes of the Middlebridge area, while children will have their own guided artistic activities. Bring your easels or sketch pads or cameras to capture the beauty of this iconic site.  Sketch your version of an expansive landscape view or crouch down and capture a still life view of oysters on the fringe of the salt marsh.  

This event is free and open to the public, but please register now as space is limited. 



Join us for our 10th Annual Pettaquamscutt Paddle!

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In early May, NRPA volunteers will plant salt marsh grass seedlings as the next phase of the Salt Marsh Restoration Project in lower Narrow River.

Click here to register to volunteer now and we will contact you when a planting schedule is determined.

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Waiver forms are available to print, sign and bring to the planting.

Many thanks to Dr. Nancy Karraker, who presented at the On Pettaquamscutt Speaker Series on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Next On Pettaquamscutt: March 26, Tim Cranston, Industry Along the Pettaquamscutt.


Remembering The Shack on Sedge Island

The little red shack on Sedge Island in the Narrow River has been a beloved Narragansett icon for decades. Visible due west of the Sprague Bridge, the shack has been enjoyed by people fishing, kayaking, boating, bird watching and simply sightseeing. In November, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service removed the shack, as it had become a hazard. It was razed with demolition equipment already in the area for the Salt Marsh Restoration and Dredging Project. 
Sedge Island appears in Land Evidence records in both Narragansett and South Kingstown dating as far back as 1882. The island changed hands several times between the first land evidence record until it was purchased by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2004. USF&WS made several repairs to the shack, attempting to keep it in decent and safe condition, but the elements proved too powerful and the shack deteriorated significantly and became dangerous. Click here to read the press release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Matunuck resident Karl Dillmann remembers many family stories from his grandfather T. William Dixon and mother Peggy Dixon Dillmann, who owned the island from 1927 to 1958.
“The house washed away during the ’38 Hurricane, but [my grandfather] found it and towed it back with his skiff. My mother remembers using block and tackle and with the help of her college friends dragging it back to the foundation. She said that her father fastened it down somehow, saying if there were ever again such a storm, [the house] would be blown to pieces before it would wash away again. It actually was a little fancier back then as the windows and doors were salvaged from the fancy hotels at the Pier after they were torn down. 
“My mom’s family lived in Peace Dale and they would spend the summer on the island. My grandfather would get in his boat and go ashore, somewhere near where the South County Museum is now. He would walk up a path and cross Post Road… twice a day so that he could feed his cows.  He was the first person on the pond to get an outboard motor.”
In June of 1946, The Providence Journal dedicated their Sunday Magazine (then called The Rhode Islander) to an article about Peggy Dixon. Photographs of Peggy show her on Sedge Island, which she used as the home base for her lobster business. Karl Dillmann recalls: “My mom was the first woman in RI to get a lobster license. She would row her Amesbury dory out the mouth of Narrow River to tend her pots. She and her friend Betty were by the mouth of Narrow River the day that U 853 sank the Black Point.”
He remembers his mother describing how seagulls created holes in the shack’s roof by dropping quahogs onto the black rooftop. Peggy and her father corrected this problem by painting the roof green.
Betty Faella of South Kingstown visited the island several summers as a Girl Scout. Led by Jane Place Andrews, Director of Waterfront Activities, a group of girls would board canoes at the Girl Scout Camp at the head of the Narrow River and row down to Sedge Island. There Peggy Dixon would meet them and they would all spend the night on the floor of the shack. Betty recalls using her toes to feel for shellfish in the sand.
NRPA is collecting memories and images of the shack. If you have stories, photographs or artwork of the shack to share, please submit to the NRPA Facebook page or email to
NRPA and the US Fish & Wildlife Service are working together to create a physical remembrance of the shack. Plans are under way and with the hope of an installation ceremony this Spring. 
~ Many thanks to Karl Dillmann and Betty Faella for their contributions to this story.

On Pettaquamscutt 2017

  • Register now for Improving the Health of the Narrow River Estuary on January 29

Space is limited for the January 29th presentation, so we encourage you to register now to reserve a seat.

Join us for updates on two projects to improve the marsh resiliency and water quality in Narrow River:

Dr. Jennifer White, Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Coordinator for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, will describe recent efforts to restore the salt marshes in Narrow River by placing dredged material on the surface of the marsh to raise the elevation so that plants can thrive.

Craig Swanson of Swanson Environmental Associates will discuss a recent study on the impact of dredging near the mouth of the river to increase circulation within the estuary.

For more about the winter speakers series, visit our On Pettaquamscutt page


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