Ninigret Pond

Charlestown, Rhode Island

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This 1,700-acre saltwater pond is just steps away from Block Island Sound. Ninigret Pond, at 1,700 acres, is the largest saltwater pond in Rhode Island. Just steps from the beaches of Block Island Sound, it offers many of the benefits of sea kayaking without the chop. Experienced kayakers can extend the trip by crossing the Charlestown Breachway into the open ocean, but for most paddlers the pond itself is too lovely to leave. This is a favorite trip among Rhode Island paddlers—the salt air, the lovely vegetation, and the varied wildlife all add to the beauty and serenity of the outing. Especially on warm summer days, there may be traffic in certain parts of the pond. But on a rainy summer day, with warm mist falling, your boat could well be the only vessel on the pond. Beach roses line the southern edge of the pond and mingle with salt marsh grass and sea lavender. The northern shore hosts blueberry bushes, shadbush, dogwood, and cedar, and serve as a stopping point for migrating warblers. Snowy egrets frequently feed in the pond’s waters. Least terns and piping plovers nest on the white sand beaches of the south shore.

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"This 1,700-acre saltwater pond is just steps away from Block Island Sound. Ninigret Pond, at 1,700 acres, is the largest saltwater pond in Rhode Island. Just steps from the beaches of Block Island Sound, it offers many of the benefits of sea kayaking without the chop. Experienced kayakers can extend the trip by crossing the Charlestown Breachway into the open ocean, but for most paddlers the pond itself is too lovely to leave. This is a favorite trip among Rhode Island paddlers—the salt air, the lovely vegetation, and the varied wildlife all add to the beauty and serenity of the outing.

Especially on warm summer days, there may be traffic in certain parts of the pond. But on a rainy summer day, with warm mist falling, your boat could well be the only vessel on the pond. Beach roses line the southern edge of the pond and mingle with salt marsh grass and sea lavender. The northern shore hosts blueberry bushes, shadbush, dogwood, and cedar, and serve as a stopping point for migrating warblers. Snowy egrets frequently feed in the pond’s waters. Least terns and piping plovers nest on the white sand beaches of the south shore."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Charlestown
Distance: 11
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round; best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Ninigret National Wildlife Sanctuary
Local Maps: USGS Carolina
Driving Directions: Directions to Ninigret Pond

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May 2018