Watchaug Pond

Charlestown, Rhode Island

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Watchaug Pond's natural beauty and accessibility attract lots of users, so this is a trip best enjoyed in the off-season (such as early spring or late fall) or at off-peak hours (dawn or dusk). Late fall is the best time to view large flocks of waterfowl and perhaps to catch a glimpse of a bald eagle. This 573-acre pond is deeper than many in Rhode Island, with a maximum depth of 36 feet and an average depth of 8 feet. The pond is mostly surrounded by Burlingame State Park, a 3,100-acre state park with campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails, and swimming beaches.
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by Christie Matheson (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Watchaug Pond's natural beauty and accessibility attract lots of users, so this is a trip best enjoyed in the off-season (such as early spring or late fall) or at off-peak hours (dawn or dusk). Late fall is the best time to view large flocks of waterfowl and perhaps to catch a glimpse of a bald eagle.

This 573-acre pond is deeper than many in Rhode Island, with a maximum depth of 36 feet and an average depth of 8 feet. The pond is mostly surrounded by Burlingame State Park, a 3,100-acre state park with campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails, and swimming beaches.

©  Christie Matheson/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Charlestown
Distance: 4
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Class: Class I
Season: Year-round; best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Burlingame Management Area
Local Maps: USGS Carolina
Driving Directions: Directions to Watchaug Pond

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