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Chapman Pond

41° 22.892' N    71° 47.99' 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:

Chapman Pond is a 163 acre lake that is stocked and managed for Northern Pike. At the access site there is a gravel parking lot and a cement plank boat ramp. No motors over 10 H.P. may be launched or hauled from the ramp. As of May 2014, this ramp is reportedly due to be rebuilt sometime in the next couple of years. While this work is underway the ramp will be closed but the date for the work has not yet been set.

Chapman Pond is or used to be popular for fishing, but recently the invasive species have made it hard to fish and boat on here. The invasive species reported include: American lotus, spiny naiad, curly-leaf pondweed, water chestnut, and Eurasian watermilfoil. Please wash your boat, motor, trailer, and related gear carefully after boating in Chapman Pond to make sure you don't transport invasive species to other ponds.

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


Town: Westerly

Driving Landmarks: The boat ramp is off Town Landfill Road in Westerly, which takes off from Route 91 just east of the junction with Route 78 (Westerly Bypass). If heading east on Route 91 it is a right turn onto Town Landfill Road just east of the Westerly Bypass. If heading west on Route 91 it is a left turn about 2.5 miles from the junction with Bradford Road.

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: Cement plank boat ramp

Float/Dock: no


Parking: parking lot

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no

Updated boat ramp

Submitted by: wstlyguy; May 30, 2020; 4:37 am

Recently rebuilt. The ramp seems well done. There is now a small dock running parallel to the ramp. The grasses and weeds begin to take over the shoreline by early summer. The lot is not well maintained after the rebuild and there are many ruts in the gravel that could swallow a small car. The town seems uninterested in maintaining the work done to the land and come late summer the weeds in the gravel make it hard to tell where the roads are. It’s a quiet spot though. Mostly used for overflow parking from the adjacent, well manicured dog park.



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This site report was last updated on May 21, 2014

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