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Rhode Island

Freshwater Fishing

Management Area Boating Regulations

Pond

Town

Regulation

A.L. Mowry Pond

Smithfield

1, 3

Alton Pond

Hopkinton

5, 13-16

Asa Pond

South Kingstown

4, 13-16

Ashville Pond

Hopkinton

6, 13-16

Barbers Pond

South Kingstown

5, 13-16

Blue Pond

Hopkinton

5, 13-16

Bowdish Reservoir

Glocester

6, 13-16, 17

Breakheart Pond

Exeter

12, 13-16

Browning Mill Pond

Richmond

5, 13-16

Carbuncle Pond

Coventry

5, 13-16

Carolina Trout Pond

Richmond

1, 3

Carr Pond

North Kingstown

5, 13-16

Chapman Pond

Westerly

6, 13-16

Clarkville Pond

Glocester

5, 13-16

Deep Pond (Arcadia)

Exeter

3

Frosty Hollow Pond

Exeter

1, 3

Great Swamp Dike

West Kingston

2, 13-16

Gristmill Pond

Glocester

3

Indian Lake

South Kingstown

6, 13-16

John L. Curran Reservoir

Cranston

12, 13-16

Keech Pond

Glocester

6, 13-16

Lake Washington

Glocester

5, 13-16

Little Round Top Pond

Burrillville

1, 3

Locustville Pond

Hopkinton

6, 13-16

Lower Roaring Brook Pond

Exeter

3

Olney Pond

Lincoln

10,11, 13-16

Pascoag Reservoir (Echo Lake)

Glocester

9, 13-16

Pawtuxet River (Hope)

Scituate

5, 13-16

Peck Pond

Burrillville

3

Round Top Pond

Burrillville

3

Shippee Saw Mill Pond

Foster

5, 13-16

Silver Spring Lake

North Kingstown

5, 13-16

Simmons Mill Pond

Little Compton

5, 13-16

Smith and Sayles Reservoir

Glocester

6, 13-16

Spring Lake

Burrillville

5, 13-16

Stafford Pond

Tiverton

7, 13-16

Tucker Pond

South Kingstown

6, 13-16

Union Pond

Burrillville

5, 13-16

Upper Roaring Brook Pond

Exeter

4, 13-16

Wakefield Pond

Burrillville

8, 13-16

Wilson Reservoir

Burrillville

6, 7, 13-16

Woonasquatucket Reservoir (Stump Pond)

Smithfield

6, 13-16

  1. Definition: Float Tube — any device manufactured and sold for use as a fishing float tube. Float tubes are prohibited on the following ponds: Little Round Top Pond, Burrillville; A.L. Mowry Pond, Smithfield; Frosty Hollow Pond, Exeter; and Carolina Trout Pond, Richmond.
  2. Boating is prohibited within the impoundment created by the Great Swamp dike, within the Great Swamp Management Area during the period September 1st through March 31st annually except by licensed migratory bird hunters. All motors are prohibited at all times.
  3. Boats are prohibited on the following ponds: Round Top and Little Round Top Ponds, Burrillville; Peck Pond, Burrillville; Deep Pond — Arcadia, Exeter; Frosty Hollow Pond, Exeter; Gristmill Pond, Glocester; Carolina Trout Pond, Richmond; Lower Roaring Brook, Richmond; A.L. Mowry Pond, Smithfield.
  4. The launching, hauling, or operation of boats with motors of any kind is prohibited from state-owned and/or operated ramps on the following ponds: Asa Pond, South Kingstown; and Upper Roaring Brook Ponds, Exeter.
  5. The launching, hauling, and operation of boats with motors of any kind, except electric trolling motors, is prohibited from state-owned and/or operated ramps on the following bodies of water: Spring Lake & Union Pond, Burrillville; Carbuncle Pond, Coventry; Shippee Mill Pond, Foster; Clarkville Pond and Lake Washington, Glocester; Alton Pond and Blue Pond (no ramp), Hopkinton; Carr Pond and Silver Spring Lake, North Kingstown; Simmons Mill Pond, Little Compton; Browning Mill Pond, Richmond; Pawtuxet River (Hope), Scituate; and Barbers Pond, South Kingstown.
  6. The use of motors in excess of ten (10) horsepower on boats launched, hauled, or operated from state-owned and/or operated ramps is prohibited on the following bodies of water: Wilson Reservoir, Burrillville; Keech Pond, Smith & Sayles Reservoir (Sand Dam), and Bowdish Reservoir, Glocester; Woonsocket Reservoir (Stump Pond), Smithfield; Indian Lake and Tucker Pond, South Kingstown; Ashville and Locustville Ponds, Hopkinton; Chapman Pond, Westerly.
  7. No person shall use any motor in excess of ten (10) horsepower from state-owned and/or operated ramps on Stafford Pond, Tiverton, and Wilson Reservoir, Burrillville, with the exception that the use of motors in excess of ten (10) horsepower on boats launched, hauled, or operated from state-owned and/or operated ramps on Stafford Pond, Tiverton, and Wilson Reservoir, Burrillville, is permitted for organized fishing activities possessing a valid permit from RIDEM-Fish & Wildlife; as described in Section 1.17, Freshwater and Diadromous Fishing Regulations and on General Information of this 2022-2023 Freshwater Fishing Guide.
  8. The use of motors in excess of ten (10) horsepower on boats launched, hauled, or operated from the state-owned ramp on Wakefield Pond, Burrillville, is prohibited at all times. The use of any motor on a boat from this state-owned ramp, except electric trolling motors, is prohibited from June 20th to September 20th of any year, inclusive.
  9. No person shall use any motor in excess of ten (10) horsepower from state-owned and/or operated ramps on Pascoag Reservoir at the state-owned launching ramp on Schoolhouse Road, Glocester, with the exception that permitted organized fishing activities, i.e. tournaments, shall be allowed to use motors in excess of ten (10) horsepower on the waters of Pascoag Reservoir at the state-owned launching ramp on Schoolhouse Road, Glocester, between the Saturday before Memorial Day and Labor Day of each year, inclusive.
  10. The operation of boats with motors of any kind, except electric trolling motors, is prohibited on the waters of Olney Pond in Lincoln Woods State Park on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays between the Saturday before Memorial Day and Labor Day of each year, inclusive.
  11. The operation of boats with motors of any kind, except electric trolling motors, owned by persons other than the State of Rhode Island with motors in excess of ten (10) horsepower are prohibited upon Olney Pond in Lincoln Woods State Park except with official written permission from the RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife.
  12. The use of motors in excess of ten (10) horsepower on boats launched, hauled, or operated on the waters of Breakheart Pond in Exeter and John L. Curran State Park is prohibited.
  13. Only vehicles launching or landing a boat will be permitted to park in designated boat trailer areas, unless otherwise designated.
  14. The mooring of boats, the parking of vehicles, or engaging in any other activity on land or water so as to obstruct the use of a boat launching ramp by others, is prohibited.
  15. Boats shall be launched only at designated areas.
  16. Boats shall be tied up at state boat ramps for no longer than 30 minutes.
  17. Gated access to the boat ramp located within the George Washington Management Area Campground (Bowdish Reservoir) is limited daily between 7:30 AM to 10:00 PM from Memorial Day to October 31st. Persons using the reservoir or boat ramp prior to 10:00 PM for authorized uses may exit the area unrestricted by gate access times.
  18. New Regulation: Fishermen utilizing State Management Areas and designated undeveloped State Parks are required to wear fluorescent orange during hunting seasons as referenced in the Park and Management Area Rules and Regulations.
  19. New Regulation: Transport of any plant or plant part into or out of any Rhode Island waterbody on boats, vessels, other water conveyances, vehicles, trailers, fishing supplies, or any other equipment, with the exception of authorized research activities, species identification and other management activities.