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Breakheart Pond

41° 35.741' N    71° 42.201' 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:

Breakheart Pond is a beautiful 44-acre pond in the middle of Arcadia Management Area, with large white pine trees all around the pond. At the access site there is a gravel parking lot and a boat ramp that is simply the natural gravel shoreline. Only non-motorized boats and boats with electric motors are permitted. This area is stocked with trout several times during the year.

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


Town: Exeter

Driving Landmarks: From I-95 north or south take Exit 5A for Route 102 south. Go 0.7 miles south on Route 102 and then turn right onto Nooseneck Hill Road/Route 3 south. Go 1.3 miles south on Route 3 and turn right onto Route 165/Ten Rod Road.

Take Route 165 west for 2.8 miles and then turn right onto Frosty Hollow Road. This turn is just before the West Exeter Baptist Church. There is a sign here for "Camp E-Hun-Tee." The sign for "Frosty Hollow Road" is a wood sign that you are unlikely to see before you make the turn but the sign for Summit Road on the other side of Route 3 is clearly visible.

Once on Frosty Hollow Road go 1.5 miles (passing the tiny Frosty Hollow Pond on the way) to the T-junction and turn right and go 1/2 mile to the end of the road at the pond. Both Frosty Hollow Road and the final road down to the pond are dirt roads.

Do NOT try to drive to this pond by coming down Matteson Plain Road from Route 102. Like many of the roads most maps show going through the state land here, this is a gated woods road that might be walkable but is certainly not driveable. None-the-less, Google Maps and probably other mapping applications will try to send you that way.

Access & Waters:

Water 'Features' At Site: dam, 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: Gravel

Float/Dock: no


Parking: yes: 10 spaces

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no

Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:

Breakheart Pond is within Arcadia Management Area, one of the largest tracts of protected land in the state of Rhode Island. From the parking area at the put-in there are various trails leading off into the woods, including some nice trails that follow the stream the flows out of the pond.

Dam removal

Submitted by: Robert teeden; June 4, 2024; 8:20 am

Rhode Island Trout unlimited has plans to remove the dam from this beautiful pond thereby upsetting the wild and native fish population and allowing them access to the Wood River which will further upset the trout fishing in the Wood River. Largemouth Bass and Perch may not be as pretty as the trout but they are both native and wild fish which deserve equal consideration.



Northend Flooded

Submitted by: Ed; October 29, 2023; 4:49 pm

if you trek the "yellow" trail right out of the north end of the parking area and take a the right at the end of the first old logging road your going to run into the flooded end of the pond inlet. The beavers have returned and dammed up under the foot bridge and just beyond the foot bridge on the left side of the trail. Someone dragged a birch log across part of the flooded part so you can get to the bridge, then from there you can hope rocks to get over to drier land.

Dont go fishing in july

Submitted by: Anonymous; July 28, 2020; 9:55 am

80% of pond is covered w/ lilypads and other vegetation, not good for fishing this time of year.



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