Beach Pond, Connecticut & Rhode Island, USA

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Beach Pond’s 459 acres span the south-central Rhode Island-Connecticut state line near the communities of Exeter and Voluntown — the wooded shoreline is part of Rhode Island’s Washington County Region and Connecticut’s Mystic Country Region. Completed in 1885, Beach Pond has long been a favorite recreation spot for residents of Washington County, Rhode Island and New London County, Connecticut.

Part of a popular canoe trail, Beach Pond Dam feeds the Pachaug River, which runs through Connecticut’s Pachaug State Forest to Quinebaug River. A paved boat ramp located at the northern Connecticut end of the lake provides access to the 60-foot depths of Beach Pond. A parking lot and hand-carried boat launch is available at the Rhode Island end of the causeway crossing Beach Pond. Waterskiers will be happy to note that there are no horsepower limits on Beach Pond. The only restriction states that waterskiing is prohibited within 800 feet of the dam.

In 2008, concerns over continued erosion, roadway runoff and safety forced the closure of Rhode Island’s beach at Beach Pond; the area is no longer a licensed recreational beach. The original concession stand and restroom facilities have been removed, so there are no facilities open to the public.

Fishing is a popular pastime on Beach Pond, where both Connecticut and Rhode Island fishing licenses grant fishing rights to the entire pond. According to the Department of Environmental Protection, Beach Pond is unique in that it offers the best of both warm and cold fisheries. Calico bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and bullhead will be found in the upper levels of warm water. With depths up to 60 feet, deep cold-water levels are stocked with brown trout, rainbow trout and walleye.

Half of Beach Pond is bordered by forests and protected land. Most of Rhode Island’s shores are part of the Arcadia Management Area. Rhode Island manages this area for hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. “Walk in” and “backpack” camping is permitted; a shelter is available for rent. The northern portion of Connecticut’s shore borders Pachaug State Forest. Over 24,000 acres of forest land tempt visitors to come fish, swim, camp, rock climb or backpack through secluded forest trails.

Much of Beach Pond’s Connecticut shoreline has been developed into beautifully landscaped lakeside real estate. Located half way between Boston and New York, Beach Pond makes a wonderful getaway for urban dwellers. Whether you prefer views of the woods or the water, vacation rentals and real estate properties in and around Exeter and Voluntown offer a quiet retreat and relaxed way of life.

The rural countryside of Rhode Island and Connecticut combine nature and sports with their small-town atmosphere. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island maintains Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge. Located just outside of Exeter, the refuge is open for hiking, bird watching and photography. In addition to Beach Pond, Exeter is home to beautifully landscaped golf courses and the only ski resort in Rhode Island.

Both Rhode Island and Connecticut are closely tied to the sea so short scenic drives from Beach Pond will take you to the waterfronts. Drive thirty miles east of Beach Pond, and you’ll have access to the resorts and beaches of Narragansett Bay. Thirty miles southwest of Beach Pond is historic Mystic Seaport, a must-see for maritime enthusiasts. Here you’ll fill your day exploring exhibits, observing boat restoration, or touring the large collection of boats and ships at the Museum of America and the Sea. The museum offers a number of classes including sailing, power-boat safety, and navigation. To observe the latest in marine-life research, visit Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration.

Whether you are a full-time or part-time resident, Beach Pond lends itself to many forms of recreation and relaxation. Whether you come to boat, hike, bike or sit and observe nature’s beauty find your home along Beach Pond and come to enjoy a relaxed way of life where time slows and worries vanish.

Things to do at Beach Pond

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Water Skiing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Forest
  • Museum

Fish species found at Beach Pond

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Brown Trout
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Trout
  • Walleye

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    Beach Pond Statistics & Helpful Links

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    Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection

    Surface Area: 459 acres

    Shoreline Length: 6 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 295 feet

    Maximum Depth: 60 feet

    Water Volume: 4,100 acre-feet

    Completion Year: 1885

    Lake Area-Population: 9,000

    Drainage Area: 5 sq. miles

    Trophic State: Oligotrophic

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    Trophic State | LakeLubbers

    Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

    An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

    A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

    A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

    The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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    Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

    Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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    Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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    Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

    Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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    Completion Year | LakeLubbers

    This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

    The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

    You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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    Water Volume | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

    You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

    Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

    1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

    The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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    Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

    You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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    Average Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

    Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

    Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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    Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

    At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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    Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

    Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

    When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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    Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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    Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

    This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

    A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

    When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

    You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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    Surface Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

    The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

    You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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    Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

    This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

    Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

    "Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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    Lake Type | LakeLubbers

    There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

    - A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

    - A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

    - A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

    "Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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