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Centreville Pond (Pawtuxet River) Fishing and Canoeing Area

41° 41.743' N    71° 31.348' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Map Server   Acme Maps

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This is a site for launching hand-carried boats such as canoes or kayaks.

Description & Overview:

While this put-in is in a very busy area of West Warwick, you just need to go a little ways up-river to find yourself paddling up a peaceful, tree-lined river. You can only go about a mile before you will come to a dam blocking your way, but for most of that distance the river runs through woods, with the roads and houses as much as 500 feet away on both sides. When you get to the next dam up river, turn around and paddle back down to the put-in. At normal water levels the current is very slow so paddling up-river should not be a problem, but when the river is high in the spring or after a heavy rain there can be enough current to make it hard or impossible to paddle up-river. Do not put in if you have any doubt about being able to paddle up-river. Do not go down-river (under the bridge) from this put-in as there is a dam 400 feet down-river that you could get swept over!

This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Pawtuxet River watershed: Pawtuxet River.


Town: West Warwick

Nearest Town Center: West Warwick

Driving Landmarks: This put-in is at the busy junction of RI 117 (Legris Ave./Centerville Road) and Main Street in West Warwick. The put-in is in a small grassy park just above the Main Street bridge over the South Branch of the Pawtuxet River. Almost straight across Main Street from Legris Avenue there is a small driveway for the Pawtuxet River Authority, next to the park.

It is reportedly OK to pull into this driveway and then pull onto the grass and park there. Please drive carefully on the grass and please do not park in a way that blocks other vehicles parked here.

Otherwise, since there is no parking on Main Street or Legris Avenue your other option for parking is to find a legal parking space on one of the nearby side streets such as Centre Street, which runs south from Legris Avenue, behind Roch's Fruit and Produce. Please do not leave your car in and the parking lot for Roch's Fruit and Produce.

Access & Waters:

Water 'Features' At Site: flatwater/slow moving river, Do not go downriver (under the bridge) from this put-in as there is a dam 400 feet down-river that your boat could get swept over!

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

ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no

Shoreline: A gravel boat launching area has been built into the river bank.

Float/Dock: no

Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 100 feet


Parking: on street

Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:

There is also a small fishing platform in the park, near the put-in.


View of Launch Access from Across Main Street

View of Launch Access from Across Main Street

Photography by: Bruce Hooke

Date of Photograph: March 16, 2013

The two brown signs in the middle of this photograph mark the access to the park and put-in. The driveway mentioned above is between the brown signs and the building.

Park and Put-in Viewed from the Sidewalk

Park and Put-in Viewed from the Sidewalk

Photography by: Bruce Hooke

Date of Photograph: March 16, 2013

The park and put-in with the river beyond, on a gray spring day. The put-in is at the small gravel area in the center of this photograph. At the left edge of the photograph is a small fishing platform.

Launch Area with the River Beyond

Launch Area with the River Beyond

Photography by: Bruce Hooke

Date of Photograph: March 16, 2013

A close-up view of the put-in. There is more gravel sloping down into the river beyond the stone step (the line of stones). In the summer the trees would hide more of the houses in the area.


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This site report was last updated on June 9, 2013

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