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  • April 12, 2017
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LONG POND

Canonchet Road

Hopkinton, Rhode Island

Last paddled: 4/11/17

Long Pond

Cliffs at Long Pond

We paddled around Long Pond in about 2 hours, occasionally stopping to take in the view. While this is by no means a large pond, it was a beautiful and peaceful paddling experience. There are 3 homes along one side near the road and the remainder of the shoreline is lined with woods, cliffs, and  steep slopes made up of boulders, trees and laurel, making it just a little bit different from most paddling locations in the area.  This would be a beautiful location to fish or relax for a couple of hours.

Long Pond

conditions leaving launch area

We entered the water near the bridge at the Long Pond Fishing Area dirt parking lot. This informal point of entry will probably not be usable later in the season when the water level will be lower because this point of entry was very shallow during our early spring paddle when other locations were still experiencing high water levels. This informal point of entry requires paddlers make their way through a narrow winding path through low brush and past a large beaver lodge before arriving at open water (See above photo). This may seem worse than the conditions that actually exist at this location;

Long Pond

Launch area

while it might not be for everyone, passing through this point of entry should not be difficult for paddlers who do this type of thing on a regular basis. In fact, a fisherman made it through with a canoe when we were leaving. We saw five birds of prey which I could not identify circling above this area and a few ducks. We saw no wildlife or birds on or around the open pond.

For those paddlers who also like to hike, there is an over 4 mile hiking trail that will take hikers to the far side of the pond and back.

Long Pond Boat Launch Info:

We entered the pond at the Long Pond Fishing Area parking lot and trail head (abt 199ish) Canonchet Road in Hopkinton (Hope Valley), RI. We found a short path near the guard rails/bridge and followed it to the water.  This is not a formal launch; if you decide to use it, do so at your own risk and discretion. See complete description in the above article.

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