Olney Pond, RI

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Olney Pond


Town(s): Lincoln RI
County: Providence

Size: 128 acres
Average Depth: feet
Maximum Depth: feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Horsepower or Speed Restrictions, Other Restrictions, See Comments
Boating Comments: There is a 10 H.P. limit on all outboard motors used on the pond. No motors at all are allowed on holidays and weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, Some Restrictions



Olney Pond is the 128 acre reservoir that forms the heart of Lincoln Woods State Park, a 627 acre park just a few miles north of downtown Providence. There are various places around the shoreline where hand carried boats could be launched, however, the best location is on the east side where there is cement plank boat ramp suitable for launching trailered boats as well as hand carried boats. Despite its proximity to Rhode Island's major population centers, the pond is quite scenic with tree-lined shores, large boulders, rocky outcroppings, various small islands dotting the pond, and many small coves to explore. The park is popular at all times of year so this is not a place to go for peace and quiet on a nice weekend or even a nice weekday, but it is a pretty pond very close to Providence and the convoluted shoreline makes the pond feel larger than it is. Outfitter: EMS runs a kayak school on Olney Pond in the summer months. Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions: Lincoln woods has many amenities including picnic areas, a swimming beach, walking trails, playing fields, horseback riding trails, and mountain biking trails. In the winter, Olney Pond is popular for ice fishing and ice skating.

Water Quality: Unknown
Vegetation Growth: Minimal
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, Lake Trout, Brown Trout, White Perch, Channel Catfish, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill, Bridle Shiner

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: Cement plank boat ramp. This is a site for launching boats from trailers. Boat ramps can normally be used to launch canoes and kayaks but please do your best to keep the boat ramp clear for boat trailers. Hours of Operation: Sunrise to sunset, year-round (road near boat ramp closed in winter). Fees: No fee to enter park or use boat ramp. There are fees for some on-land facilities. No overnight parking.
Parking Spaces: 21-40

Directions: From Route 146 North take the Twin River Road exit and turn left at the end of the ramp. From Route 146 South take the Twin River Road exit and turn right at the end of the ramp. Follow Twin River Road into Lincoln Woods State Park and when you come to the T-junction just inside the park turn right. Follow this one-way road for 1.4 miles, past the large parking lot for the beach and on around the pond to where there is a marked turn-off on the left for the boat ramp. To get back out of the park
Shoreline Development: 25-50%