Harrisville Pond (North End)
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:
The cement plank boat ramp at this site provides small craft access to Harrisville Pond and the Clear River. The boat ramp is in a small cove off the river and the mouth of the cove has silted up quite a bit so especially at low water this area may be very shallow or even largely above water. This should not be a serious problem for canoes or kayaks but could present problems for larger boats.
Harrisville Pond is a small, 22-acre pond with a dam at the south end. This boat ramp is about 600 feet up the Clear River from the north end of the pond. The boat ramp is next to the Route 98 bridge over the Clear River and there is a gravel parking lot here for the ramp. This area is stocked with trout several times throughout the year.
The Clear River below Harrisville Pond can often be paddled in the spring when the river is high but it is a whitewater run suitable for skilled paddlers only. Paddlers who want to go down the Clear River below Harrisville should start at the put-in near the Harrisville library (see seperate listing).
This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Blackstone River watershed: Harrisville Pond, Clear River.
Alternate Site Name: Louis Bleiweis Memorial Park
Nearest Town Center: Harrisville, RI
Driving Landmarks: From the middle of Harrisville, where Route 98 and Route 107 intersect, take Route 98 north for 1/3 mile to where Route 98 crosses the Clear River at the north end of Harrisville Pond. Look for a gravel pullout on the left next to the river.
Access & Waters:
Water 'Features' At Site: flatwater/slow moving river, 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
Shoreline: concrete plank boat ramp
Hours of Operation: Closed from 1/2 hour after sunset to 5am, except for fishing and boating
Parking: parking lot, 12 spaces
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Sources for More Information:
Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:
There are some picnic tables on the grass near the gravel parking lot.
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This site report was last updated on March 17, 2013