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Hillside Avenue, Johnston

41° 49.95' N    71° 28.183' 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:

This is an informal canoe and kayak launch on the Woonasquatucket River. It is the first good access point below the Superfund site that encompasses Allendale Mill Pond and Lymans Mill Pond, which are closed to public access. There is a parking lot for the bike path and it is only about 100 feet from this lot to the river, but the last 50 feet are down a steep, brushy bank and across brushy floodplain. The river below here is surprisingly wild in appearance despite its urban setting. You should expect to encounter swiftly moving water, some tricky turns, and other obstructions. This section of the river is best run in the spring when water levels are up. Starting about a mile below this put-in there are combined sewer overflows that dump sewage into the river after a heavy rainfall, so this section of the river should be avoided if significant rain has fallen recently and at all times the water and sediments should be treated with caution.

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


Town: Johnston

Nearest Town Center: Johnston, RI

Driving Landmarks: Hillside Ave. is a short street that branches off from Greenville Ave. just west of the Greenville Ave. - Manton Ave. bridge across the Woonasquatucket River. The new Woonasquatucket River Greenway Bike Path runs past this site.

Access & Waters:

Water 'Features' At Site: whitewater

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: The shoreline here is low and grassy, but quite brushy.

Float/Dock: no

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


Parking: yes

Sources for More Information:

AMC River Guide: 4th Edition, page 144

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This site report was last updated on January 15, 2009

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