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Roger Williams Park

41° 46.636' N    71° 24.854' 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:

Roger Williams Park is Providence's flagship public park. Its 430 acres encompass ponds, woods, the Roger Williams Park Zoo, Museum of Natural History, Botanical Center and many other attractions. Most of the lakes are connected into a winding string of ponds that cover 50 acres and offer many coves and channels to explore. There are various places where boats could easily be launched into the ponds, but the site best set up for hand-carried boat access is this location at the south end of Cunliff's Lake. There is a small gravel parking lot here amd there is also plenty of parking along the side of the road and in nearby parking lots. The park is popular, so you cannot expect to get away from people here, especially on a fine summer weekend, but it is pretty and wooded and big enough to allow for plenty of pleasant paddling.

No motors are allowed on any of the lakes or ponds in Roger Williams Park.

This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Pawtuxet River watershed: Cunliff's Lake.


Town: Providence

Driving Landmarks: From I-95 take Exit 18 to Route 10 east. At the end of Route 10 turn left on Park Avenue. Go 1/4 mile and turn left into the park. At the first T-junction turn left and go 1/4 mile and look for a small gravel area at the edge of the pond. Note: The entrance to Roger Williams Park is directly across the street from the Park View School, at a traffic light. If you see the Del's Lemonade or Dunkin Donuts, you have gone too far.

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: There is a gravel area here that slants into the lake.

Float/Dock: no

Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 10 feet


Parking: on street

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no

Nearby Amenities:

Public Restrooms: At various locations in the park there are public restrooms, including ADA accessible restrooms.

Can we fish?

Submitted by: Anonymous; July 8, 2022; 8:45 pm

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This site report was last updated on October 13, 2014

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