This is a site for launching hand-carried boats such as canoes or kayaks.
Comments & Overview:
NOTE: On March 30, 2010 the Blue Pond Dam washed out in the big flood, so at this time Blue Pond no longer exists! There is a small pond left but it is nowhere near the size of the old Blue Pond. At this time it is not clear whether the dam will be rebuilt or whether nature will be allowed to take its course and "re-forest" the land.
To see what was Blue Pond, hike the half mile trail from the parking area to the former put-in. The path is level most of the way to the pond but there is a short steep section as you approach the pond. The land is within Rockville Management Area and surrounded by forest.
This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Pawcatuck River watershed: Blue Pond.
Nearest Town Center: Hope Valley
Driving Landmarks: From I-95 North get off at Exit 2 and turn left at the end of the ramp; or from I-95 South take Exit 2 and turn right at the end of the ramp. Go about 1/4 mile to the T-junction with Route 3 and turn left. Go 0.6 miles south on Route 3 and turn right onto Canonchet Road. Go 1.9 miles up Canonchet Road, past Ashville Pond, and look for a gravel parking area on the right labeled "Blue Pond."
Access & Waters:
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.
Type of Access: Boat launch for hand carried boats
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 2200 feet
Parking: parking lot, 4 spaces
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:
The Blue Pond area is also very nice for walking, especially in the spring when the mountain laurel that is everywhere here is in bloom, but any time of year that is something beautiful to see.
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This site report was last updated on April 19, 2010