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Johnson Pond


Town(s): Coventry RI
County: Kent
Local Name: Flat River Reservoir

Size: 659 acres
Average Depth: 9 feet
Maximum Depth: 18 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply, Other Restrictions
Boating Comments: See Association website for boating rules and restrictions.
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Johnson's Pond, also known as Flat River Reservoir, is a recreational gem located in Kent County. Damming the south branch of the Pawtuxet River near where it is joined by the Flat River created the 659-acre lake. Johnson's Pond is also a great spot for fishing and watersports. Wakeboarding Magazine rated Johnson's Pond as the best spot for wakeboarding in Rhode Island. Personal watercraft are allowed at Flat River Reservoir even though they are banned at some other local water bodies. Water skiing is popular here due to the elongated shape of the reservoir, with tubing, power boating and sailing engaged in as long as the weather is warm. As soon as the ice is safe, ice skating and ice boating season begins. Large watercraft can be launched at the local marina for a nominal fee. The marina also rents water craft. Flat River Reservoir is a favorite among fishermen; tournaments are held here regularly and the public access boat launch at Zeke's Bridge provides a convenient spot to launch. The launch isn't suitable for large watercraft, however, as there are low bridges between the launch site and the main reservoir. Fishermen thoroughly enjoy fishing for spotted sea trout, steelhead trout, smelt, whitefish, yellow bass, pickerel and pan fish. The average depth of 18 feet and the generous bottom cover provide fine fish habitat. Efforts are underway by the State of Rhode Island to begin a stocking program to further improve recreational fishing. Ice fishing is equally popular; cold, sunny days find the ice filled with bundled sportsmen jigging a line into the dark water. The name of the lake association is the "JOHNSON'S POND CIVIC ASSOCIATION". The purpose of the Association is to improve the facilities of Johnson's Pond as well as to provide and encourage the social and recreational activities the residents thereof. The Association is non-political and non-sectarian as to its aims and membership and shall abide by the laws of the Constitution of The United States, the State of Rhode Island, and all other governing laws, rules, ordinances, and regulations. The territory to be included within the jurisdiction of the Association shall be Johnson's Pond and contributing streams up to the first obstruction.

Water Quality: No Known Issues
Vegetation Growth: Moderate
Non-native Species: Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum Spicatum), Fanwort (Cabomba Caroliniana)

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, White Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Golden Shiner, American Eel

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: Public access boat launch at Zeke's Bridge provides a convenient spot to launch. The launch isn't suitable for large watercraft.
Parking Spaces: 11-20

Shoreline Development: 50-75%