This is a site for launching boats from trailers. Boat ramps can normally be used to launch canoes and kayaks but please do your best to keep the boat ramp clear for boat trailers.
Description & Overview:
As of October 2, 2015 work is nearing completion on the new dock and boat ramp but the site is still closed.
Beach Pond is a large 430-acre pond that straddles the border between Connecticut and Rhode Island. There used to be a state swimming beach at this site on Beach Pond but it has been closed and swimming is not permitted.
Beach pond is large and open. Arcadia Management Area borders much of the Rhode Island shoreline of the pond and some of the Connecticut shoreline is also State Forest land. However, other parts of the Connecticut shoreline are built up with houses.
Beach Pond is up to 60 feet deep in places and supports a wide variety of fish species. According to RI DEM "anglers might catch largemouth bass, pickerel, perch, or catfish as well as smallmouth bass (one of the few ponds in the state where smallmouth bass are found), or walleye, which are stocked by the State of Connecticut. Rhode Island also stocks Brown and Rainbow Trout."
There is also a boat ramp on the Connecticut side of the pond (see link below). The parking lot at the Connecticut boat ramp reportedly fills up early on summer weekends.
This site provides access to the following water bodies: Beach Pond.
Driving Landmarks: From I-95 north or south take Exit 5A for Route 102 south. Go 0.7 miles on Route 102 and then turn right onto Nooseneck Hill Road/Route 3 south. Go 1.3 miles south on Route 3 and turn right onto Route 165/Ten Rod Road. Go 6.9 miles west on Route 165 and look for the parking area for Beach Pond on the right, just before the start of the causeway across the lake. There is a sign that says "Arcadia Beach Pond Recreation Area" at the parking area.
Access & Waters:
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.
Type of Access: Boat ramp
Shoreline: boat ramp and adjacent sand and gravel beach
Float/Dock: low float or dock
Hours of Operation: Closed from 1/2 hr. after sunset to 5 am, except for fishing, boating and hunting
Parking: parking lot, 15 spaces
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Public Restrooms: No
Sources for More Information:
Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:
Arcadia Management Area, which borders much of the Rhode Island side of the pond, has many walking trails as well as numerous other places to go paddling.
The data on this website come 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 (see link above).
This site report was last updated on October 3, 2015