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Willett Pond, East Providence

City of East Providence

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A short half mile orange blazed trail that runs around a small pond in a suburban setting. In the 1870's a dam was built at the Mosskettuash Brook to create Willett Pond. Its original purpose was to harvest ice for the growing resorts in Riverside. In later years the resorts closed and residential neighborhoods were built in the area. The ice harvesting ceased and the pond was used primarily for recreation. Today the pond is stocked with trout in early spring and is used for fishing in the spring and summer. There is also a boat launch here for kayaks and canoes.

City of East Providence website, trail maps page

Hiking blog featuring East Providence properties

Trail Safety Information
 

What's There:

Hours: sunrise to sunset, open all year

Miles of Trails: 0.5 miles

Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None

Trail Width: Typical one person footpath

Trail Rating: Easy   Explanation

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Trail Rating Key

Easy: Trails are relatively smooth and the route is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy network of trails in an urban or suburban setting where help is always readily at hand. A map may be useful but is not necessary.

Moderate: Somewhat more strenuous trails or harder to follow trails. Trails are well-marked but following them requires a trail map and a trail map is readily available either at the site or online.

Difficult: Strenuous trails, trail systems that mostly involve multi-mile loops and trail systems where there is no available trail map or the trails are not marked.

Skiing/Snowshoeing: Yes

Are Dogs Allowed? Yes. Dogs must be on leashes and owners must pick up waste.

Is Horseback Riding Permitted? No

Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? No

Is Hunting Permitted? No

Other Amenities: Willett Pond is stocked with trout in early spring and used for fishing in the spring and summer.

Trailhead:

Trailhead Name: Willett Pond Trailhead

Coordinates: 41° 46.535' N    71° 21.357' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps

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Driving Landmarks: Along State Route 103 (Willett Avenue) in the Riverside section of East Providence. The entrance of the parking lot is 400 feet west of the intersection of Forbes Street adjacent to the "Lakeside Square" shopping plaza.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 10 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

 

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This site report was last updated on February 22, 2017

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