Long Pond, RI


Long Pond

Town(s): Hopkinton RI
County: Washington

Size: 20 acres
Average Depth: feet
Maximum Depth: feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Gas Engines Prohibited
Swimming: Unknown

The Long Pond/Ell Pond area is one of the natural treasures of Rhode Island so please treat this area gently to preserve its natural beauty. This area is the only designated National Natural Landmark in Rhode Island. High, rocky cliffs overlook Long Pond, the woods are filled with rhododendrons which bloom in early June, and the forest contains some of the largest Eastern hemlock trees in the state. The south shore of the east end of Long Pond is state land. The west end of the pond is in the Audubon Society of Rhode Island's Long Pond Woods Preserve. There are some houses along the north shore of the pond. The Nature Conservancy also owns land in the area, around Ell Pond, which is west of Long Pond. The trails in the area specifically do not go to the actual shoreline of Ell Pond to protect this fragile and special pond, so please do not try to take a canoe or kayak to Ell Pond. There is no regular canoe/kayak launch on Long Pond but if you want to paddle here, park at the Long Pond parking area and then carry your boat 150 feet down along the road to the end of the pond where there is a small bit of gravel shoreline next to the road. Once on the water you will have to snake through a short, narrow passage to get to the main body of the pond. From there, the east end of the pond is narrow and shallow. As you head west, the pond gets wider and deeper. It is 0.6 miles to the far end of the pond where there are a number of small coves you can poke into. Nearest Town Center: Hope Valley. Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions: A strenuous trail system leaves from the parking area and takes you past the ponds. This is the end of the Appalachain Mountain Club's Narragansett Trail.

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

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, White Perch, Channel Catfish, Bridle Shiner

Boat Access: Primarily Car-top boats & Canoes
Ramp Comments: This is a site for launching hand-carried boats such as canoes or kayaks. Hours of Operation: Closed 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Directions: From I-95 north or south take Exit 2. If coming from the south (from CT), turn left at the end of the ramp. If coming from the north (Providence) turn right at the end of the ramp. Go about 1/4 mile to the T-junction with Route 3 and turn left. Go 0.6 miles south on Route 3 and turn right onto Canonchet Road. Go 2.2 miles up Canonchet Road (bearing right at the junction with Stubtown Road) and look for a gravel parking area on the left labeled "Long Pond," just as the road is making a sharp bend
Shoreline Development: 25-50%