Welcome to the ExploreRI Mapper
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 such as canoes or kayaks.
Site Name: Meshanticut Pond
Driving Landmarks: Driving either direction on Cranston Street look for the sign for Meshanticut State Park on the west side of the street at the intersection with Dean Street. Turn here and follow the road 1/4 mile around the pond until you get to the junction with Lake View Drive. Another way to get here is to take Route 37 west from I-295 or I-95. Go to the end of Route 37, just beyond I-295, and turn right onto Phenix Avenue. Go 1 mile and turn right on Highland Avenue, which is just after you cross over the highway. Follow Highland Avenue 0.2 miles to the pond.
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Shoreline: The shoreline is low and gentle, and provides easy access to the pond. It is a mix of gravel and grass.
Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 15 feet
Parking: on street
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Water 'Features' At Site: 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:Meshanticut Pond is a small, 12 acre pond that forms the focal point of Meshanticut State Park. While the entire shoreline of the pond is park land, it is just a narrow strip so houses are visible in every direction. None-the-less, this is a pleasant little pond and a good place to take children for a short paddle on very protected and easy waters. The pond is stocked with trout in the early spring.
For more details see the full site report
The data on this website comes from many sources, including volunteers and organizations across the state of Rhode Island and nearby parts of Massachusetts. We have done our best to make sure the data are accurate and up to date, but any information critical to the success of your trip should be confirmed before you start. The maps and information on this website should not be substituted for nautical charts, topographic maps, or other more detailed maps and guides. We welcome corrections and additions. To send a correction or provide other feedback, please use our feedback form.
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.