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Slatersville Reservoir (Upper)

41° 59.223' N    71° 36.035' 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:

This boat ramp is on the upper part of Slatersville Reservoir, which is a convoluted 144 acre reservoir with a number of coves to explore in a small boat. The Branch River flows into the southwest end of the reservoir. The east side of the reservoir is largely wooded, while the west side has more houses. There are no special restrictions on outboards used on Slatersville Reservoir.

Make sure to stay clear of the dam at the far northeast end of the reservoir, where the water flows over the dam into the lower part of Slatersville Reservoir, dropping around 20 feet in the process.

This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Blackstone River watershed: Slatersville Reservoir (Upper).


Town: North Smithfield

Nearest Town Center: Slatersville

Driving Landmarks: From Route 146 north take the exit for Route 5/Route 102/Slatersville. At the end of the ramp turn right onto School Street, go 300 feet and turn left onto Victory Highway/Route 102/Route 146A. Follow Route 102 for 3.1 miles and look for a left turn into a parking lot for the boat ramp into Slatersville Reservoir.

From Route 146 south take the exit for Route 5/Route 102/Slatersville. At the end of the ramp turn right onto Route 102/Route 146A. Follow Route 102 for 2.9 miles and look for a left turn into a parking lot for the boat ramp into Slatersville Reservoir.

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: yes: 30 spaces

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? yes

Nearby Amenities:

Public Restrooms: No

Sources for More Information:

Other Guidebooks: Paddle 30 in "Paddling Connecticut and Rhode Island"

Quiet peaceful & Beautiful

Submitted by: Anonymous; February 14, 2022; 10:02 am

Great place to bring the kids, fish and swim. My favorite kayaking spot thus far! My dog even loves it here in the winter !




Slaterville Resevoir

Submitted by: Anonymous; October 14, 2018; 5:10 pm

Nice place to paddle a kayak! Nice little coves and places to explore. Just beware there is a waterfall on the far east part of this waterway.



Re: kayaks and canoes

Submitted by: Anonymous; April 20, 2018; 12:33 am

Good place to relax for a short stop while exploring Northern Rhode Island. I really enjoyed the simplicity of this place, and liked the easy access. Unexpected small, pleasant surprise... A couple of picnic tables, garden area, local sculpture, posted historical facts, or North Smithfield flag would add to the charm!

Regarding Kayaks, it is wonderful to learn that kayaks and canoes are welcome! Thank you for posting it on this website! The sign at the ramp should indicate such, as well! It is not clear for first-time visitors. Perhaps speed limits should be posted to keep everyone safe!

Dangerous for kids swimming! Aggressive speed boating!




Submitted by: Anonymous; March 14, 2018; 2:03 pm

Can you fish use a float tube in the reservoir?

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This site report was last updated on October 14, 2018

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