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.
The boat ramp here is fairly basic: just concrete "planks" set into the gravel lake bed. But since there is a 10 H.P. limit on all outboard motors used on the pond nobody should be launching a large boat here. No motors at all are allowed on holidays and weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The road to the parking lot for the boat ramp is a bit rough, but the parking lot itself is in good condition (as of May 2014).
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 get away from people on a nice weekend or even a nice summer weekday, but it is a pretty pond very close to Providence and the convoluted shoreline makes the pond feel larger than it is.
This area is stocked with trout several times throughout the year.
This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Moshassuck River watershed: Olney Pond.
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