Stillwater Reservoir

Smithfield, Rhode Island

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Do not expect a wilderness experience on Stillwater Reservoir (also known as Wounasquatuck Reservoir and Stump Pond), but paddling here in the early morning or at midweek can be quite pleasant. Once heavily polluted and prone to severe summer draw-downs, Stillwater Reservoir has dramatically improved in recent years, following shutdown of several of the region’s most polluting industrial facilities. Certain areas suffer from heavy development, but portions of the reservoir feel relatively remote and wild. A little-used road extends along much of the western shore, and traffic from Routes 5/104 can be heard to the east. Expect to see: waterfowl; turtles; shrubby, wooded shoreline.

Stillwater Reservoir Professional Review and Guide

"Do not expect a wilderness experience on Stillwater Reservoir (also known as Wounasquatuck Reservoir and Stump Pond), but paddling here in the early morning or at midweek can be quite pleasant. Once heavily polluted and prone to severe summer draw-downs, Stillwater Reservoir has dramatically improved in recent years, following shutdown of several of the region’s most polluting industrial facilities.

Certain areas suffer from heavy development, but portions of the reservoir feel relatively remote and wild. A little-used road extends along much of the western shore, and traffic from Routes 5/104 can be heard to the east. Expect to see: waterfowl; turtles; shrubby, wooded shoreline."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Smithfield
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: The Mowry Conservation Area
Local Maps: USGS Georgiaville
Driving Directions: Directions to Stillwater Reservoir

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1/12/2002
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This pond wasn't as nice as I expected it to be. I didn't see any wildlife except for a few ducks. I've heard that the fishing is good, but I didn't catch anything. The water was very low when I went so I had trouble getting through many areas. It wasn't that bad, but there are much nicer places to go in the area.



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May 2018