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Blue Pond

41° 30.46' N    71° 45.06' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Map Server   Acme Maps

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This is a site for launching hand-carried boats such as canoes or kayaks.

Description & Overview:

NOTE: On March 30, 2010 the Blue Pond Dam washed out in the big flood, so Blue Pond is smaller than it used to be and is surrounded by a broad, bare shoreline that is slowly becoming vegetated. At this time it seems likely that the dam will not be rebuilt and nature will be allowed to take its course and re-forest the shoreline.

To get to the smaller Blue Pond, hike the half mile trail from the parking area to the pond. The path is level most of the way to the pond but there is a short steep section as you approach the pond. The land is within Rockville Management Area and is completely surrounded by forest.

This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Pawcatuck River watershed: Blue Pond.

Location:

Town: Hopkinton

Nearest Town Center: Hope Valley

Driving Landmarks: From I-95 North get off at Exit 2 and turn left at the end of the ramp; or from I-95 South take Exit 2 and 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 1.9 miles up Canonchet Road, past Ashville Pond, and look for a gravel parking area on the right labeled "Blue Pond."

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: earth

Float/Dock: no

Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 2200 feet

Parking:

Parking: parking lot, 4 spaces

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no

Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:

The Blue Pond area is also very nice for walking, especially in the spring when the mountain laurel that is everywhere here is in bloom, but any time of year that is something beautiful to see.

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This site report was last updated on August 8, 2019

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