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Carbuncle Pond

41° 41.843' N    71° 46.202' 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:

Carbuncle Pond is a pretty 39-acre pond completely within the Nicholas Farm Management Area. The shoreline of the pond is natural and wooded. Since the pond is nearly circular you can pretty much see everything from the put-in, except that if can lift your boat over into the southern extension of the pond then that provides another area to explore. In either case, Carbuncle Pond a pretty place, and a popular spot for fishing.

There are two gravel parking lots. The first provides access to the handicapped-accessible fishing pier and the second provides access to the concrete plank boat ramp. There are good places at both lots for launching hand-carried boats.

Electric trolling motors only on the pond. The pond is stocked with trout several times throughout the year.

This site provides access to the following water bodies: Carbuncle Pond.


Town: Coventry

Driving Landmarks: Heading west on route 14 (Plainfield Pike), set your odometer when you pass the junction with route 117. In about 0.5 miles you will pass a sign for Nicholas Farm Management Area. Keep going on route 14. Once you have gone 0.9 miles from the junction with 117 look for a gravel road taking off to the left (south). As of January 2013 there was no sign at the end of the road, just a couple of bare posts that clearly once held a sign. (If you come to the Connecticut line you have gone about 0.8 miles too far.) Turn left onto the gravel road. In 0.3 miles you will come to the parking area for the handicapped-accessible fishing pier. 200 feet or so north of the pier there is a suitable place for launching hand carried boats, but if you keep going down the road another 700 feet or so you will come to another larger parking lot and the concrete plank boat ramp is at the far end of this parking lot.

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: Concrete plank boat ramp. Gravel shoreline suitable for launching hand-carried boats.

Float/Dock: no


Parking: yes: 45 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no

Nearby Amenities:

Public Restrooms: No

Sources for More Information:

Website: Information about the nearby Trestle Trail

Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:

The Trestle Trail, which is part of the East Coast Greenway, runs past the south end of Carbuncle Pond. See the links below for more information.

Carbuncle pond ruined for fishing

Submitted by: Not buying fishing license any more; February 28, 2021; 6:20 am

Cant fish there most of summer people coming in to swim leave tons of trash used toilet paper and human waste around(no toilet facilities it's not a state beach it's a fishing pond a small one! Saw beach pond get ruined the same way years ago Too many people trash etc they closed it RI shouldn't even bother stocking it! Look up carbuncle it's says stocked fishing area not public swimming area



New guy question

Submitted by: Anonymous; April 4, 2019; 2:45 pm

I know nothing about fishing, whatsoever. Nothing. I'd also like to learn. Can you just come to this spot in an inflatable raft, like say a Sea Eagle or something, and just row out and fish? Is it as simple as that?

[Moderator's Comment: Among other things you need to have a Rhode Island Fishing License. Because Carbuncle Pond is stocked with Trout you also need to make sure you are complying with the regulations around trout waters. For more about the freshwater fishing rules see the PDF available for download on the RI DEM website.]

How much land is at carbuncle pond?

Submitted by: Vinny ; September 5, 2018; 10:17 am

I'm curious if any one knows how big the pond and all the land surrounding carbuncle pond is thanks I go here every day and love it so would like to know thanks again

[Moderator's comment: The pond itself is 39 acres. The Nicholas Farm Management Area is about 1600 acres.]



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This site report was last updated on January 5, 2013

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