Paddle for Access

2021 Paddle for Access


Saturday, August 21, 2021
7am at the Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard

The 4th annual Paddle for Access is a 3- or 6-mile paddle around Goat Island in Newport, RI to help us achieve our goal to preserve and protect public shoreline access. Sign up to participate or volunteer! 100% of event proceeds benefit Clean Ocean Access.

Clean water and healthy oceans are critical to fun ocean events, which is why we believe in a clean, healthy ocean that is accessible to all. Shoreline access limitations inspired the roots of our organization back in 2006 and to this day it is the most important, yet least understood issue that we work on. Paddle for Access celebrates our work to monitor all 50 rights-of-way across Aquidneck Island and ensure everyone has access to the shoreline. The event also sheds light on many other issues that impact public access to the shoreline, including erosion, sea-level rise, invasive species, and long term shoreline planning.

If you can’t be there on August 21, but want to participate, see our Virtual Paddle for Access!

Fundraising Challenges

Our Paddle for Access race has historically been a major fundraiser that allows us to continue our work. To further support our mission, we encourage everyone on water or land to help raise funds and awareness for COA by joining our GoFundMe campaign. Our suggested goal is $500; we have created additional goals for those who go above and beyond!


  • All water and land challenge winners will receive a locally crafted medal to proudly show their support of COA!
  • Participants that raise $250 will receive a COA branded t-shirt, stainless steel cup, and COA bag
  • Participants that raise $500 will receive a COA branded sweatshirt, t-shirt, stainless steel cup, and COA bag.
  • Participants that raise $1,000+ will receive a COA branded beach blanket, sweatshirt, t- shirt, stainless steel cup, and COA bag,

2021 Event Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors for this year’s event!

Additional Info

Can’t make the race? You can still help support our work to protect and preserve shoreline access throughout Rhode Island by donating through our GoFundMe Campaign. 

Additional information about rights-of-way and public access please visit our Access page or the Coastal Resources Management Council website

For further information please reach out via email.

Past Events

Our Paddle for Access race has historically been a major fundraiser that allows us to continue our work. To see results and details from past year’s events, visit our Past Events page