Peptide-water interactions of a ribonuclease C-peptide analogue, RN-24 (Suc-AETAAAKFLRAHANH2), which exhibits significant helicity, have been studied in solution using homonuclear 2D and 3D NMR cross-relaxation experiments. Dipolar peptide proton-water proton interactions are indicated by a large number of NOESY-type cross peaks at the H2O resonance frequency, most of them with opposite sign relative to the diagonal. Some cross peaks arise from intrapeptide cross relaxation to labile protons of histidine, threonine, lysine and arginine side chains. The observed peptide-water interactions are rather uniformly distributed, involving peptide backbone and side chains equally. The data are consistent with rapid fluctuations of the conformational ensemble and the absence of peptide regions that are highly shielded from bulk solvent, even in a peptide that exhibits high propensities for formation of helical secondary structure.