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WaterFire's Clear Currents Event 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM (EDT)

WaterFire's Clear Currents Event 2012

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Canoe Registration 16 Tickets Ended $30.00 $2.64
Kayak Registration Sold Out Ended $25.00 $2.47

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 Grab Your Paddles and Help Us Light Up the River 

During WaterFire's Event On

Saturday, September 15th 

School of Fish


What is WaterFire?

Waterfire is an award-winning sculpture installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence and has been praised by Rhode Island residents and international visitors alike as a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance. WaterFire’s eighty sparkling bonfires, fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, flickering firelight on the arched bridges, silhouettes of the fire-tenders passing by the flames, torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, and the enchanting music from around the world engage all the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths of Waterplace Park. WaterFire has captured the imagination of over ten million visitors, bringing life to downtown, and revitalizing Rhode Island’s capital city.

To learn more please visit 


What is Clear Currents?

Waterfire's Clear Currents commemorates the opening of the Narragansett Bay Commission’s Combined Sewer Overflow; an initiative that has greatly improved the water quality throughout the bay area.  Each year, the Overflow Bypass Tunnel prevents one billion+ gallons of untreated sewage from entering the Woonasquatucket River and the Narragansett Bay. So you are not only participating in a wonderful artistic event, but an important initiative for our community.

On September 15th the Clear Currents portion of the evening's Waterfire event will incorporates 100 illuminated Japanese koi (fish) temporarily mounted on canoes and kayaks that registered participants will paddle up and down the river after sunset. The light from these brightly colored fish will beautifully compliment the 80 wood burning braziers installed on the river! 

 How Can You Help?

Waterfire Providence is looking for experienced paddlers, who own a canoe or 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! 

WaterFire is requesting a minimum 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.

  • $25 for a one person Kayak (solo kayaks only please)
  • $30 for a two person Canoe (canoes must have 2 paddlers)

All articipants must be 18+ years old or be accompanied on

board by a experienced paddler who is over the age of 18.


On September 15th participant check-in will begin at 4:00 PM at the Providence River Park public small boat ramp on South Water Street. At 7:00 PM participants will receive a final on-river orientation covering important event information. "Schools" of paddlers/fish will then "swim" up and down the river from 7:30pm till 11:00pm throughout the half mile long (one way) WaterFire river installation. 

* Participants must provide their own canoe/kayak, paddle(s) and personal flotation device(s).

* Waterfire Providence will provide the illuminated fish and all appropriate mounting devices. The illuminated fish will be installed in/on your canoe or kayak in a temporary, non-destructive fashion. No physical alterations will be made to your boat!

* All participants will receive an email with detailed logistical information during the week prior to the day of the event.  
* All participants are required to complete a Waterfire Release and Waiver of Liability Form prior to launching their boat on the river.

The number of available fish is limited so sign up today!


 If you have any questions please email them to David Dobrzynski at

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When & Where

Check In - Providence River Park public small boat launch.
Across from 255 South Water Street

Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM (EDT)

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