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.
Comments & Overview:
Breakheart Pond is a beautiful 44-acre pond in the middle of Arcadia Management Area, with large white pine trees all around the pond. At the access site there is a gravel parking lot and a boat ramp that is simply the natural gravel shoreline. Breakheart Pond is restricted to non-motorized boats and boats powered by an electric motor. This area is stocked with trout several times during the year.
This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Pawcatuck River watershed: Breakheart Pond.
Driving Landmarks: From I-95 north or south take Exit 5A for Route 102 south. Go 0.7 miles south 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.
Take Route 165 west for 2.8 miles and then turn right onto Frosty Hollow Road. This turn is just before the West Exeter Baptist Church. There is a sign here for "Camp E-Hun-Tee." The sign for "Frosty Hollow Road" is a wood sign that you are unlikely to see before you make the turn but the sign for Summit Road on the other side of Route 3 is clearly visible.
Once on Frosty Hollow Road go 1.5 miles (passing the tiny Frosty Hollow Pond on the way) to the T-junction and turn right and go 1/2 mile to the end of the road at the pond. Both Frosty Hollow Road and the final road down to the pond are dirt roads.
Do NOT try to drive to this pond by coming down Matteson Plain Road from Route 102. Like many of the roads most maps show going through the state land here, this is a gated woods road that might be walkable but is certainly not driveable. None-the-less, Google Maps and probably other mapping applications will try to send you that way.
Access & Waters:
Water 'Features' At Site: dam, 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 ramp
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Parking: parking lot, 10 spaces
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:
Breakheart Pond is within Arcadia Management Area, one of the largest tracts of protected land in the state of Rhode Island. From the parking area at the put-in there are various trails leading off into the woods, including some nice trails that follow the stream the flows out of the pond.
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 (see link above).
This site report was last updated on February 7, 2010