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Silver Spring Lake

41° 32.415' N    71° 28.25' 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:

Silver Spring Pond is a 19 acre pond managed by DEM for fishing. Only non-motorized boats and boats powered with an electric motor are permitted. There is a fishing access site on the west side of the pond, near the dam, with a small, handicapped accessible fishing dock. However, for launching hand-carried boats the shoreline on the Shady Lea Grove side is better, but it is farther from the car to the water. At the upper end of the pond it transitions to a freshwater marsh and semi-bog, an interesting set of habitats. The pond is stocked with trout several times throughout the year.

This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Coastal Watersheds (West Bay) watershed: Silver Spring Lake.


Alternate Site Name: Shady Lea Grove

Town: North Kingstown

Driving Landmarks: If you are driving south on Route 4 look for a DEM sign on the right for Shady Lea Grove, 1/2 mile south of the light at West Allenton Road. If you are driving north on Route 1, take Route 4 where it branches off from Route 1 and then go 0.6 miles to the light at West Allenton Road where you can reverse direction and go back south 1/2 mile to Shady Lea Grove.

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 nice section of gently sloping gravel shoreline that is great for launching hand-carried boats. Just head towards the water from the parking area and look for the best access.

Float/Dock: no

Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 125 feet

Hours of Operation: Closed from 1/2 hr. after sunset to 5 am, except for fishing and boating


Parking: yes: 10 spaces

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no

Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:

At Shady Lea Grove there are picnic tables but no restrooms.

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This site report was last updated on January 29, 2008

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