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Beach Pond

41° 34.441' N    71° 47.216' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Map Server   Acme Maps

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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:

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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.


Town: Exeter

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

Nearby Amenities:

Public Restrooms: No

Sources for More Information:

Website: Information about the boat ramp on the Connecticut side of Beach Pond

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.

Open up swimming again

Submitted by: Rick and daughter ; April 30, 2017; 3:17 pm

You keep a disgusting sewer hole open like Goddard Park and you keep the swimming clothes at beach pond. It doesn't make sense. You need to open up swimming at beach pond.

[Editor's comment: Rhode Island Blueays is a volunteer-run non-profit that has no real say in things like the decision to close the beach at Beach Pond.]



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This site report was last updated on October 3, 2015

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