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Stafford Pond

41° 38.019' N    71° 8.927' 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:

Stafford Pond is a large, 480-acre reservoir, one of the larger reservoirs in the state of Rhode Island. There are a few large coves at the north end but for the most part the pond is broad and open. At almost 2 miles long and over half a mile wide, it hardly fits the usual image of a "pond." The west shore is largely wooded, but the east side is more built up. There is a cement plank boat ramp and a gravel parking lot at the put-in. For boats launched from the state boat ramp the motor must be under 10hp (or electric). This regulation apparently does not apply to boats operated from privately owned access points on the lake.

This pond is stocked with trout several times throughout the year.

This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Taunton River watershed: Stafford Pond.


Town: Tiverton

Nearest Town Center: Bliss Corners

Driving Landmarks: From Route 24 north or south in Massachusetts take Exit 1A for Adamsville, RI and Route 81 south. This will put you on William S Canning Blvd/Route 81 south. In 0.6 miles William S Canning Blvd will merge with Stafford Road. Follow Stafford Road/Route 81 south for another 2.1 miles and take a hard right onto Old Stafford Road. Go 300 feet up Stafford Road and look for the parking lot for the boat ramp on your left.

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

Stafford Pond Rocks!

Submitted by: Michael Vieira ; January 2, 2019; 12:07 am

Stafford pond is in my opinion the best freshwater fishery and has the biggest fish in Rhode Island! I grew up fishing Stafford pond and that is where my trout fishing passion started. I've probably fished every trout waters in Rhode Island and several in Massachusetts. All I can say is be patient and persistent. Little Cleo, Red Devil, Rebels and spinners Panther Martin's, Roostertails. Good luck and happy fishing!!!

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This site report was last updated on August 24, 2016

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