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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: Newman Crossing
Alternate Site Name: Route 152, Newman Avenue
Town: East Providence
Driving Landmarks: From I-195 east take Exit 6. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto Warren Avenue, go to the first light and take a right onto Broadway. Travel about 2 miles (Broadway becomes Newman Avenue after a while) to the intersection with Route 114 (Pawtucket Avenue). Go straight here and continue on Newman Avenue (Route 152), which goes across the reservoir. The put-in is a quarter mile ahead, on either side of the road, on the eastern (Massachusetts) side of the reservoir.
Shoreline: Sandy unimproved
Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 20 feet
Portage Length: 30 feet
Hours of Operation: Sunrise to Sunset
Miles of hiking/walking trails accessible from this trailhead: 2 mile(s)
Parking: on street, 30 spaces, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Water 'Features' At Site: lake/reservior
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:The site provides access to two water bodies. Central Pond is on the north side of the road. This was the original reservoir and the first dam can still be seen on the western side of the pond. Central Pond gives you access to the Ten Mile River, which flows into the northeast corner of the pond. You can paddle up the Ten Mile River about one and a half miles to Slater Park in Pawtucket but there are no take-outs at the park. The WPA lined the river with stone and cement walls from Central Pond up past Slater Park to Armistice Blvd., making take-out difficult. To find the mouth of the river look for it joining the lake near the right (east) shore in the northeast corner of Central Pond.
Turner Reservoir is on the south side of the road and is the smaller water body, but contains many coves and a several islands. At the southern end is the Turner Dam, which can be identified by the red control house. There is no portage around the dam and paddlers should stay away from the dam because there is a 25 foot drop on the other side of it!
The Newman Road area is a very popular fishing location year round. Cars are commonly parked along both sides of the road. The best paddle boat put in is on the Seekonk (east) side of the reservoir.
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.