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Bowdish Reservoir

41° 55.394' N    71° 45.499' 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:

Bowdish reservoir is a 226 acre reservoir partly encompassed by George Washington Management Area. The shoreline is often rocky and floating bog mats in the center of the pond make for an interesting ecosystem to explore from a small boat. Just do not try to walk on the floating bog mats because you will fall through. There is a concrete plank boat ramp and a gravel parking area at the campground off route 44, at the east of the reservoir. No motors in excess of 10 H.P. The fishing is reported to be good in the reservoir.

NOTE: Reportedly this boat ramp is now only available to people who are staying in the campground.

This site provides access to the following water bodies: Bowdish Reservoir.


Alternate Site Name: George Washington Management Area

Town: Glocester

Driving Landmarks: Coming from either direction on Route 44, look for the signs for George Washington Campground

Access & Waters:

Water 'Features' At Site: lake/reservior

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: There is a hard concrete plank boat ramp here and the adjacent shoreline is sand and gravel, and suitable for launching hand-carried boats.

Float/Dock: no

Fees: During the camping season there may be a fee


Parking: yes: 6 spaces, overnight parking permitted

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no

Nearby Amenities:

Public Restrooms: There are restrooms and drinking water are both available at the campground

Accomodations: The campground here is small and quiet compared to many of the much busier campgrounds near the south county beaches.

Sources for More Information:

AMC Quiet Water Canoe Guide: 2nd Edition, page 184

Website: RI DEM web page for the management area and the campground

Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:

George Washington Management Area is a 4000 acre park with many hiking trails and various recreational opportunities.

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This site report was last updated on June 30, 2023

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