Belleville Pond (from RI Blueways), North Kingstown, RI
41° 33.628' N 71° 28.543' W
Description & Overview:
Belleville Pond is a 108 acre pond with largely forested and often marshy shorelines. The shallow waters make the pond highly productive biologically, which in turn makes it attractive to wildlife and especially birds, however there have also been recent problems with high phosphorus levels in the pond, which can create excessive algae growth in the summer. There are many coves and islands explore in a small boat. The boat ramp is at Ryan Park, a North Kingstown town park. There is a parking lot at the boat ramp and the ramp itself is just the natural gravel shoreline of the pond. From the boat ramp, head northwest to find the narrow passage (with a bridge over it) that leads to the main body of the pond. Only non-motorized boats and boats with electric motors are permitted and the extensive vegetation growing in the pond would make it hard to use motors anyway.
This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Coastal Watersheds (West Bay) watershed: Belleville Pond.
Alternate Site Name: Ryan Park
Town: North Kingstown
Driving Landmarks: From Route 4 take Exit 2A and go east on Route 102 for 2.6 miles, then turn south on Route 1. Go 0.8 miles on Route 1 and turn right onto Oak Hill Road. The boat ramp is in Ryan Park, which is 0.6 miles ahead on the right. Stay left on the loop road and follow the signs in the park to find the boat ramp.
Dry suit or wetsuit plus change of clothes required. Social distancing, masks, and limit of 10 paddlers for COVID safety. Please post here if you plan to attend. Message for our cell # if you don’t have it. Looking forward to seeing some of you on a beautiful day!
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