Georgiaville Town Beach
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:
NOTE: As of May 2014, the Georgiaville Pond Dam is being rebuilt and while this work is underway the water in the pond has been lowered many feet, making the boat ramp useless and the pond relatively unappealing for canoeing and kayaking.
Georgiaville Pond is a medium size pond on the Woonasquatucket River. The town beach is at the south end of the pond. The historic Smith-Appleby House is at the north end. There are lots of houses around the pond, but there are also a couple of pretty islands in the pond with tall pine trees on them. The boat launch goes into the pond, but if you paddle from there to the landing near the dam (1/4 mile) you can portage over the dam and into the Woonasquatucket River. For more on this portage and the river below the dam, see the listing for the portage. Note that a town-issued permit is required to park at the town beach and use the boat ramp. You do not have to be a resident of the town to buy a permit.
This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Woonasquatucket River watershed: Georgiaville Pond.
Alternate Site Name: Georgiaville Pond
Nearest Town Center: Smithfield
Driving Landmarks: From Route 104 (Farnum Pike) turn east onto Stillwater Road. The entrance to the town park and beach is 1/4 mile ahead on the left.
Access & Waters:
Water 'Features' At Site: dam, flatwater/slow moving river, 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
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Shoreline: There is a paved boat ramp here and the shoreline adjacent to boat ramp is low and grassy.
Fees: To park at or near the town beach you need an annual permit, available at town hall. You do NOT need to be a resident.
Parking: parking lot, 45 spaces
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? yes
Public Restrooms: There are public restrooms at the Town Beach but they may not always be open.
Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:
This site is in the historic neighborhood of Georgiaville, which was built around one of the early mills on the Woonasquatucket. It was built to look like an English mill village because many of the skilled mill workers were English. The boat launch is in a town park, the focus of which is a town beach.
The Boat Ramp, with the Water Lowered
Photography by: Bruce G. Hooke
Date of Photograph: May 21, 2014
This view of the boat ramp when the pond water level had been lowered to allow for work on the dam shows the sudden drop off at the end of the ramp. At normal water levels this drop off should be well underwater but it's something to be aware of.
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This site report was last updated on May 21, 2014