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Best New England Waterways

Rhode Island
Blackstone River.
The Blackstone, from Worcester, Massachusetts, to Providence, Rhode Island, once powered Pawtucket’s Slater Mill, the first successful water-powered textile factory in America. But the Blackstone paid a price for its fame: Years of industrial waste polluted it beyond recognition. Today this clean, dynamic river has been resurrected and named a National Heritage Corridor. A unique way to tour it is aboard the “Blackstone Valley Explorer” riverboat, and the “Samuel Slater,” a British canal boat that provides overnight accommodations.

Slater Mill. March-Nov. Tues.-Sun. 67 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket. 401-725-8638;

Blackstone Valley Tourism. 175 Main St.,
Pawtucket. 800-454-2882, 401-724-2200;,

John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley
National Heritage Corridor. 1 Depot Square, Woonsocket. 401-762-0250;

Best New England Waterways
Slater Mill Complex (user submitted)

Lake Willoughby.
In the Northeast Kingdom, beauty awaits around every bend. But even here, there’s one sight sure to take your breath away: your first glimpse of Lake Willoughby. Like a Swiss mountain lake, these clear, deep waters are bounded by steep cliffs. But Willoughby’s right here, about 15 miles off I-91, with public beaches at its northern and southern ends.

WilloughVale Inn. Route 5A South, Westmore.
800-594-9102, 802-525-4123;,,

Best New England Waterways Androscoggin River (user submitted)



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Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Updated Monday, April 28th, 2008

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