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Shippee Sawmill Pond

41° 50.006' N    71° 45.129' 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:

Shippee Sawmill Pond is a small but pretty and serene 8-acre pond in the woods of North Foster. There are a few houses visible from the pond but most of the shoreline is wooded. The pond is part of the RI DEM Ponagansett River Corridor. You cannot paddle far on the pond but it is a fine place to relax and enjoy the scenery, and to fish if you are so inclined. There is a gravel boat ramp but only non-motorized boats and boats powered with an electric motor are allowed on the pond.

In addition to the boat ramp there is a separate parking lot on the other side of the outlet stream and the shoreline near this parking area is suitable for launching hand-carried boats.

This area is stocked with trout several times during the spring.

This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Pawtuxet River watershed: Shippee Sawmill Pond.


Alternate Site Name: Youngs Pond

Town: Foster

Nearest Town Center: North Foster

Driving Landmarks: From Route 6 in Foster take Route 94 (Mount Hygeia Road) north. Go 1.3 miles and turn left onto East Killingly Road and then take an immediate right onto Willoughby Young Road, which is a dirt road. Go 1/10 mile and turn left onto an unmarked dirt road. This turn is just after the "Weight Limit 3 Tons" sign and before the bridge over the stream. The boat ramp is 1/10 mile ahead, at the end of this road (bear right at the fork in the road). To reach the alternate put-in (for hand-carried boats only) stay on Willoughby Young Road, crossing over the stream, and look for the sign and parking lot for "Shippee Mill Pond Fishing Area" 1/10 mile ahead on the left.

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 ramp

ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no

Shoreline: sand and gravel

Float/Dock: no

Hours of Operation: Closed from 1/2 hr. after sunset to 5 am, except for fishing and boating


Parking: yes: 15 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? yes

Nearby Amenities:

Public Restrooms: No

Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:

The shore of the pond, especially on the opposite side of the outlet stream from the boat ramp, is also a nice place to sit and relax, and fish if you want to. There is a grassy area next to the pond as well as rocks to sit on in shade.

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This site report was last updated on February 10, 2009

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