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Wilson Reservoir

41° 58.2' N    71° 43.397' 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:

Wilson Reservoir is a large, 109 acre reservoir with a RI DEM Fishing Access Site on the northeast side. A cement plank boat ramp provides access to the pond. There is a 10hp limit on motors. The shoreline of the reservoir is a mix of developed and undeveloped land, but almost all of the shoreline is privately owned.

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


Town: Burrillville

Nearest Town Center: Pascoag

Driving Landmarks: From Route 100, a mile northwest of Pascoag, take East Wallum Lake Road north (this is a right turn if you are coming from Pascoag and a hard left turn if coming from the north). Go 0.6 miles and look for a dirt parking area on your left next to the lake.

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 and adjacent gravel shoreline

Float/Dock: no


Parking: yes: 12 spaces

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? yes


Submitted by: mike; November 16, 2023; 2:48 pm

how come i cannot launch my boat that has a 75 hp outbourd motor on it? i live there and i see houses that are on lake with party boats with bigger than 10hp motors?on there docks....




Submitted by: Mike; October 11, 2023; 10:14 pm

I just bought home across from the wilson lake on east wallumlake rd i have a boat with 75 hp outboard can i launch it in there??

[Moderator's Comment: As of this writing there is a 10hp limit on Wilson Lake so you cannot launch a boat with a 75hp motor here. See the RI DEM Boat Launch page for more information.]




Submitted by: Joe; August 18, 2021; 11:02 pm

Why no information on where the location of the boat ramp is located?

[Moderator's Comment: See the Driving Landmarks under "Location" above, or click on the Google Maps link above to see it on Google Maps.]

Fishing from shore

Submitted by: Joe A; August 21, 2017; 9:44 am

If 90 % of this reservoir is privately owned, why post it as a fishing hotspot?
Not all anglers have a boat or other. This is in fact discouraging as people like myself can't fish this body of water other than near a boat ramp. I couldn't rate this obviously.

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