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Newman Crossing

41° 50.547' N    71° 20.446' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Map Server   Acme Maps

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This is a site for launching hand-carried boats and it is also a portage. This typically means that to continue paddling down the river past this site you will have to portage your boat around a dam or other obstruction.

Description & Overview:

The site provides access to two water bodies. Central Pond is on the north side of the road. This was the original reservoir and the first dam can still be seen on the western side of the pond. Central Pond gives you access to the Ten Mile River, which flows into the northeast corner of the pond. You can paddle up the Ten Mile River about one and a half miles to Slater Park in Pawtucket but there are no take-outs at the park. The WPA lined the river with stone and cement walls from Central Pond up past Slater Park to Armistice Blvd., making take-out difficult. To find the mouth of the river look for it joining the lake near the right (east) shore in the northeast corner of Central Pond.

Turner Reservoir is on the south side of the road and is the smaller water body, but contains many coves and a several islands. At the southern end is the Turner Dam, which can be identified by the red control house. There is no portage around the dam and paddlers should stay away from the dam because there is a 25 foot drop on the other side of it!

The Newman Road area is a very popular fishing location year round. Cars are commonly parked along both sides of the road. The best paddle boat put in is on the Seekonk (east) side of the reservoir.

This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Ten Mile River watershed: Turner Reservoir, Central Pond .


Alternate Site Name: Route 152, Newman Avenue

Town: East Providence

Driving Landmarks: From I-195 east take Exit 6. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto Warren Avenue, go to the first light and take a right onto Broadway. Travel about 2 miles (Broadway becomes Newman Avenue after a while) to the intersection with Route 114 (Pawtucket Avenue). Go straight here and continue on Newman Avenue (Route 152), which goes across the reservoir. The put-in is a quarter mile ahead, on either side of the road, on the eastern (Massachusetts) side of the 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 launch for hand carried boats

Shoreline: Sandy unimproved

Float/Dock: no

Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 20 feet

Portage Length: 30 feet

Hours of Operation: Sunrise to Sunset

Fees: no


Parking: on street, 30 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no

Hiking & Walking Trails:

Miles of hiking/walking trails accessible from this trailhead: 2 miles

Nearby Amenities:

Public Restrooms: No

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This site report was last updated on September 28, 2009

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