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Smith and Sayles Reservoir

41° 53.817' N    71° 40.663' 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:

Smith and Sayles Reservoir is a large, 173 acre reservoir. The shoreline is largely wooded, but there are some houses. There is a 10hp limit on all motors used on the reservoir. The boat ramp is a cement plank ramp in good condition. At the south end, a low earthen dam separates the Reservoir from Keech Pond, which is 2 feet higher than the reservoir.

This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Blackstone River watershed: Smith and Sayles Reservoir.


Town: Glocester

Driving Landmarks: From Route 44/Route 102, half a mile south of Chepachet, head west on Chestnut Hill Road. This junction is just north of where Route 44 and Route 102 come together. Go 0.8 miles west on Chestnut Hill Road. This will take you along the north edge of Smith and Sayles Reservoir. Turn left onto Sand Dam Road and follow it for 0.4 miles. The boat ramp is on the left, near the end of the 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: yes: 12 spaces

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no

Nearby Amenities:

Public Restrooms: No

What street for boat ramp

Submitted by: Joe; June 15, 2021; 11:04 pm

Easiest place to launch kayak from?

[Moderator's Comment: As long as you are not tying up the ramp for long periods of time it should be fine to launch canoes and kayaks from the ramp area.]

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This site report was last updated on January 19, 2009

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