Providence River, Providence

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The Providence River is a tidal river in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It flows approximately 8 miles (13 km). There are no dams along the river's length, although the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier is located south of downtown to protect the city of Providence from damaging tidal floods.The southern part of the river has been dredged at a cost of $65 million in federal and state funds to benefit nearby marinas and commercial shipping interests.The Dutch called the Providence River the Nassau River. It was the northeastern limit of Dutch claims in the colonial era, owing to Adriaen Block's exploration of Narragansett Bay, from 1614 until the Hartford Treaty of 1650. It can, therefore, be regarded as the original boundary between the English New England colonies and the Dutch colony of New Netherland.CourseThe river is formed by the confluence of the Woonasquatucket and Moshassuck rivers in downtown Providence. One half mile downstream, it is joined from the east by the Seekonk River and continues south. The cities of Providence, Cranston, and Warwick lie to the west of the river, while the city of East Providence and the town of Barrington lie to the east. At the narrows between Conimicut Point, in Warwick to the west and Nayatt Point in Barrington to the east, the Conimicut Shoal Lighthouse marks the entrance to the river from Narragansett Bay.
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  • Enjoyed a great day after Thanksgiving walk along the river. Very pretty and easy walk. Good surface and great views.  more »
  • Walked along the river and took in the "Ring of Fire" event. It was pretty neat. Canoes come in and circle up, then torch bearers come down the steps in the center city, light a torch for a canoe padd...  more »
  • The Providence "river" is more like a canal, a placid, shallow channel that divides College Hill from downtown. You can get across the river on one of the many bridges in 30 seconds. Still, the city h...  more »
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