Olney Pond

Lincoln, Rhode Island

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Small islands dot this 126-acre pond in Lincoln Woods State Park. This short and pleasant paddle is best at off-peak hours, because Lincoln Woods State Park is close to downtown Providence and gets busy in summer and on weekends. Motorboats are allowed on the pond, but a low speed limit staves off water-skiers and large boats. Fishing is a popular activity here; the pond is stocked with trout and salmon. Aside from the recreational facilities of Lincoln Woods State ark, which is used by bikers, hikers, in-line skaters, beachgoers, and picnickers, this area is undeveloped. The shores of Olney Pond are surrounded by dense woodland filled with red and white oak, dogwood, hickory, and red maple (Rhode Island’s state tree) as well as ferns and wildflowers. The pond’s edge is lined with granite and quartz boulders. Migratory waterfowl such as cormorants, mallards, American black ducks, mergansers, and ring-necked ducks stop at the pond during migrating seasons.

Olney Pond Professional Review and Guide

"Small islands dot this 126-acre pond in Lincoln Woods State Park. This short and pleasant paddle is best at off-peak hours, because Lincoln Woods State Park is close to downtown Providence and gets busy in summer and on weekends. Motorboats are allowed on the pond, but a low speed limit staves off water-skiers and large boats. Fishing is a popular activity here; the pond is stocked with trout and salmon. Aside from the recreational facilities of Lincoln Woods State ark, which is used by bikers, hikers, in-line skaters, beachgoers, and picnickers, this area is undeveloped.

The shores of Olney Pond are surrounded by dense woodland filled with red and white oak, dogwood, hickory, and red maple (Rhode Island’s state tree) as well as ferns and wildflowers. The pond’s edge is lined with granite and quartz boulders. Migratory waterfowl such as cormorants, mallards, American black ducks, mergansers, and ring-necked ducks stop at the pond during migrating seasons."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Lincoln
Distance: 2.5
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Class: Class I
Season: Year-round; best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Lincoln Woods State Park
Local Maps: USGS Pawtucket
Driving Directions: Directions to Olney Pond

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May 2018