Beach Pond, RI

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Beach Pond


Town(s): Exeter RI
County: Washington

Size: 430 acres
Average Depth: 22 feet
Maximum Depth: 60 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions



Beach Pond is a large 430-acre pond that straddles the border between Connecticut and Rhode Island. There used to be a state swimming beach at this site on Beach Pond but it has been closed and swimming is not permitted. However, a small parking lot has been left for people who want to launch hand carried boats, fish or hike. Trailers are not permitted in this parking lot but they are permitted at the small parking lot and boat launch across the street. Beach pond is large and open. Arcadia Management Area borders much of the Rhode Island shoreline of the pond and some of the Connecticut shoreline is also State Forest land. However, other parts of the Connecticut shoreline are built up with houses. Beach Pond is up to 60 feet deep in places and supports a wide variety of fish species. Arcadia Management Area, which borders much of the Rhode Island side of the pond, has many walking trails as well as numerous other places to go paddling.

Water Quality: No Known Issues
Vegetation Growth: Minimal
Non-native Species: Unknown

Fishing Comments: According to RI DEM "anglers might catch largemouth bass, pickerel, perch, or catfish as well as smallmouth bass (one of the few ponds in the state where smallmouth bass are found), or walleye, which are stocked by the State of Connecticut. Rhode Island also stocks Brown and Rainbow Trout."
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Channel Catfish, Sunfish, Bluegill, Golden Shiner, Bridle Shiner

Boat Access: Primarily Car-top boats & Canoes
Ramp Comments: There is a boat ramp on the Connecticut side of the pond. The parking lot at the Connecticut boat ramp reportedly fills up early on summer weekends.This is a site for launching hand-carried boats such as canoes or kayaks. Hours of Operation: Closed from 1/2 hr. after sunset to 5 am, except for fishing, boating and hunting.
Parking Spaces: 11-20

Directions: From I-95 north or south take Exit 5A for Route 102 south. Go 0.7 miles on Route 102 and then turn right onto Nooseneck Hill Road/Route 3 south. Go 1.3 miles south on Route 3 and turn right onto Route 165/Ten Rod Road. Go 6.9 miles west on Route 165 and look for the parking area for Beach Pond on the right, just before the start of the causeway across the lake. There is a sign that says "Arcadia Beach Pond Recreation Area" at the parking area.
Shoreline Development: 25-50%