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This mapper will help you locate boat launches and other points of interest to for small boat recreation throughout the state of Rhode Island. To get started, click anywhere on the map to zoom in on that area. To zoom out use the zoom control to the left of the map. Once you have zoomed in, boat launches and other points of interest will show up on the map as clickable red icons (see the key below the map). Click on an icon to get more information about that location. If you prefer to search by criteria or simply look up a site by name, try the boat launch search page. If you have a high-speed Internet connection (e.g., DSL or Cable), you may want to try our Google-based mapping system which also includes sites in the Narragansett Bay Watershed in Massachusetts.
The location you clicked on is a site for launching hand-carried boats and it is also a portage. This typically means that to continue paddling down the river past this site you will have to portage your boat around a dam or other obstruction.
Site Name: Wyoming Dam Fishing Access
Alternate Site Name: Wyoming Pond (south end)
Driving Landmarks: From Interstate 95 north or south take exit 3B for Route 138 west (Hope Valley/Wyoming). Half a mile on route 138 will bring you to the merge with Route 3. Merge onto Route 3 south and then in 200 feet turn right onto Bridge Street after the Stagecoach House Inn. The parking lot for Wyoming Dam is on the right at this corner.
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Shoreline: low stone wall with a small section of gravel shoreline suitable for launching hand-carried boats
Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 100 feet
Portage Length: 950 feet
Parking: parking lot, 12 spaces
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Water 'Features' At Site: dam, flatwater/slow moving river, pond
Note: Because one boat launch can access, say, both a lake and a river or both the upstream and downstream portions of a river, not all paddling trips at a given site will necessarily encounter all of the features listed.
Comments & Overview:This site at the south end of Wyoming Pond, along with the site at the north end of Wyoming Pond (at Skunk Hill Road), are the usual take-outs for a paddle down the upper Wood River. For more details on paddling the upper Wood River see the information about the put-ins on the Wood River at Route 165 and at Barberville Dam.
Wyoming Pond is a 26-acre pond created by the Wyoming Dam. The Wood River enters the pond at the north end. At the south end of the pond the natural gravel shoreline provides a good site for launching hand-carried boats. This area is stocked with trout several times during the spring.
Heading down river from here, most paddlers choose to avoid the 1 1/2 miles of river below Wyoming Dam because there are three portages in rapid succession. However, if you do want to head downstream, carry along Route 138/Route 3 for 700 feet to the small bridge. Put in down the steep left bank, or carry another 700 feet down Route 138/Route 3 to the put-in behind the Little League Fields. Take out again above the next dam, carry across the bridge, and launch into the quickwater behind the old Hope Valley Mill. The next dam, a low dam at the gauging station, can be run at high water or portaged on the right. Once past the Route 95 overpass the river becomes more inviting again. Shortly below I-95 there is a put-in along Switch Road that is a good starting point for a paddle down the next section of the Wood River. (This description was adapted in part from the Wood-Pawcatuck River Guide, which is highly recommended for paddling on the Wood-Pawcatuck River system.)
For more details see the full site report
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Credits: The data for the base maps was provided by the Rhode Island Geographic Information System (RIGIS) and the Office of Geographic and Environmental Information (MassGIS), Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. The site data came from numerous sources and organizations. Much of it was collected through the hard work of volunteers for various conservation, watershed and outdoor recreation groups around the state of Rhode Island.