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Willett Pond

East Providence, City of East Providence

0.5 miles of trail


Very Easy

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May have a few hills or steep sections and multiple surface types including rocks and roots. Trails are generally well-marked but following them requires a trail map.


Strenuous trails, trail systems that mostly involve multi-mile loops and trails that are narrow and may have obstacles such as stream crossings or rocky areas, some trails are less well marked.

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In Rhode Island the primary hunting seasons typically run from the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and from the third Saturday in April to the last day in May, however this can vary from year to year and depends on what game is being hunted. During hunting season you should wear at least 200 square inches (a hat OR a vest) of blaze orange. During shotgun deer season, which is typically in December, you should wear at least 500 square inches of blaze orange (a hat AND a vest). For more information see the RI DEM website.

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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.

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Dogs: Yes. Dogs must be on leashes and owners must pick up waste.

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

Getting There:

Willett Pond Trailhead

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of

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

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


Swans of Willet Pond

Submitted by: Laura; May 9, 2018; 10:56 pm

I was wondering if anyone knows how long the two swans have lived in Willet Pond and when they first came there? This year they have baby swans, too.



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