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Meshanticut Lake

41° 46.046' N    71° 28.689' 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:

Meshanticut Lake is a small, 12-acre lake that forms the focal point of Meshanticut State Park. While the entire shoreline of the lake is park land, it is just a narrow strip so houses are visible in every direction. None-the-less, this is a pleasant little lake and a good place to take children for a short paddle on very protected and easy waters. Swimming is not allowed in Meshanticut Lake.

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


Town: Cranston

Nearest Town Center: Cranston

Driving Landmarks: Driving either direction on Cranston Street look for the sign for Meshanticut State Park on the west side of the street at the intersection with Dean Street. Turn here and follow the road 1/4 mile around the pond until you get to the junction with Lake View Drive and look for a small gravel launching area.

Another way to get here is to take Route 37 west from I-295 or I-95. Go to the end of Route 37, just beyond I-295, and turn right onto Phenix Avenue. Go 1 mile and turn right on Highland Avenue, which is just after you cross over the highway. Follow Highland Avenue 0.2 miles to the pond.

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: The shoreline is low and gentle, and provides easy access to the pond. It is a mix of gravel and grass.

Float/Dock: no

Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 15 feet

Hours of Operation: sunrise to sunset, year round


Parking: on street, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no

Nearby Amenities:

Public Restrooms: No

Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:

Meshanticut Lake is sits within a small state park with picnic tables and other amenities.

I spent many winter days skating on this lake in years long gone by. These memories I treasure!

Submitted by: Sharon C.; July 7, 2022; 11:59 am

It does need some TLC in many areas, but should be preserved at all costs for every generation to come to enjoy.



Park benches

Submitted by: Morton shlesinger ; May 23, 2022; 10:38 pm

As a senior that enjoys walking park I am delighted to see new cement pads waiting for
New park benches such will add to enjoyment
Of park for many



A little peace of nature

Submitted by: Sandy; July 2, 2020; 11:59 am

Who knew a little piece of nature could be found hidden in Cranston.




Photo Credit: Sandy

Photo Credit: Sandy

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This site report was last updated on January 15, 2020

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