Harrisville Pond, RI


Harrisville Pond

Town(s): Burrillville RI
County: Providence

Size: 22 acres
Average Depth: 6 feet
Maximum Depth: 10 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply, Other Restrictions
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, Some Restrictions

The shoreline at the small town park at the south end of Harrisville Pond is suitable for launching hand-carried boats into the pond, however the boat ramp at the north end of the pond is a better place to launch into the pond. Harrisville Pond is a small, 22-acre pond with a dam at the south end. This area is stocked with trout several times throughout the year. In the spring, when the river is high, you can launch canoes and kayaks into the Clear River below the dam at Harrisville Pond and take on Rhode Island's only real whitewater paddling run. From this put-in there are 5.8 miles of mixed Class I-II whitewater, flatwater and quickwater paddling on the Clear River and then the Branch River before you reach the take out on Slatersville Reservoir. Since this is a paddling run for experienced paddlers only, no more details will be provided here. The AMC River Guide or "Paddling Connecticut and Rhode Island" is highly recommended for paddling the Clear River. It has details about the various rapids and portages along the route and specific hazards that must be avoided. Don't paddle the Clear River without this information!

Water Quality: Unknown
Vegetation Growth: Moderate
Non-native Species: Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum Spicatum), Fanwort (Cabomba Caroliniana)

Fishing Comments: This area is stocked with trout several times throughout the year.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Carp, White Perch, Channel Catfish, Sunfish, Golden Shiner

Boat Access: Primarily Car-top boats & Canoes
Ramp Comments: The cement plank boat ramp at this site provides small craft access to Harrisville Pond and the Clear River. This boat ramp about 600 feet up the Clear River from the north end of the pond. The boat ramp is next to the Route 98 bridge over the Clear River and there is a gravel parking lot here for the ramp.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Directions: From the center of Harrisville, where Route 107 and Route 98 intersect, take Route 107 east for 1/10 mile. Just after you cross the Clear River, turn left onto Steere Street and look for the town park immediately on your left. OR: From the middle of Harrisville, where Route 98 and Route 107 intersect, take Route 98 north for 1/3 mile to where Route 98 crosses the Clear River at the north end of Harrisville Pond. Look for a gravel pullout on the left next to the river.
Shoreline Development: Less than 10%