This is a site for launching hand-carried boats such as canoes or kayaks.
Description & Overview:
The Long Pond/Ell Pond area is one of the natural treasures of Rhode Island so please treat this area gently to preserve its natural beauty. This area is the only designated National Natural Landmark in Rhode Island. High, rocky cliffs overlook Long Pond, the woods are filled with rhododendrons which bloom in early June, and the forest contains some of the largest Eastern hemlock trees in the state. The south shore of the east end of Long Pond is state land. The west end of the pond is in the Audubon Society of Rhode Island's Long Pond Woods Preserve. There are some houses along the north shore of the pond.
The Nature Conservancy also owns land in the area, around Ell Pond, which is west of Long Pond. The trails in the area specifically do not go to the actual shoreline of Ell Pond to protect this fragile and special pond, so please do not try to take a canoe or kayak to Ell Pond.
There is no regular canoe/kayak launch on Long Pond but if you want to paddle here, park at the Long Pond parking area and then carry your boat 150 feet down along the road to the end of the pond where there is a small bit of gravel shoreline next to the road. Once on the water you will have to snake through a short, narrow passage to get to the main body of the pond. From there, the east end of the pond is narrow and shallow. As you head west, the pond gets wider and deeper. It is 0.6 miles to the far end of the pond where there are a number of small coves you can poke into.
This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Pawcatuck River watershed: Long Pond.
Nearest Town Center: Hope Valley
Driving Landmarks: From I-95 north or south take Exit 2. If coming from the south (from CT), turn left at the end of the ramp. If coming from the north (Providence) turn right at the end of the ramp. Go about 1/4 mile to the T-junction with Route 3 and turn left. Go 0.6 miles south on Route 3 and turn right onto Canonchet Road. Go 2.2 miles up Canonchet Road (bearing right at the junction with Stubtown Road) and look for a gravel parking area on the left labeled "Long Pond," just as the road is making a sharp bend to the right.
Access & Waters:
Water 'Features' At Site: 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 launch for hand carried boats
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Shoreline: sand and gravel
Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 150 feet
Hours of Operation: Closed 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise
Parking: parking lot, 7 spaces
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Public Restrooms: No
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Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:
A strenuous trail system leaves from the parking area and takes you past the ponds. This is part of the Appalachian Mountain Club's Narragansett Trail, which continues south and east from Long Pond to Ashville Pond, and north from Ell Pond to Yawgoog Pond and beyond. Other trails connect to this trail, creating a larger network.
The data on this website come 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 April 9, 2013