Rhode Island’s Best Freshwater Swimming Spots
This summer, hold the salt and splash around in fresh ponds with the family.
Little Nini Pond
Where: Inside Ninigret Park, Park Lane, Route 1A, Charlestown. Next to the playground and New Pavilion.
Good For: Families with kiddos. The spring-fed pond is shallow with warm, clean water. Park benches and picnic tables are available for relaxing and, of course, picnics! Free parking and admission.
Where: Burlingame State Park, Sanctuary Road, Charlestown.
Good For: Distance swimmers, as the pond itself covers 573 acres and boasts plenty of space to work on your backstroke.
Nearby Amenities: Picnicking area, restrooms and Dave’s Coffee.
Where: George Washington Management Area’s Pulaski Recreation Area, 151 Pulaski Rd., Chepachet.
Good For: Hikers. Work up a sweat on the many trails, then cool off in the thirteen-acre freshwater pond. Free parking and admission.
Nearby Amenities: Fishing and picnicking area.
Where: Spring Lake Beach Facility, 50 Old Hillside Dr., Glendale.
Good For: Beach bums. For a nominal fee, beach-goers can hang in the sun all day and swim in a warm, calm, eighty-acre lake. It’s just like our oceanside beaches — outdoor showers, lifeguards, even slides for the little ones! — but without all the salt. Burrillville residents $3, non-residents $6, children younger than three free; cash only.
Nearby Amenities: Penny arcade, concession stands, paddle boat rentals and restrooms.
Where: Zeke’s Bridge Fishing Access, Harkney Hill Rd., Coventry.
Good For: Fishing, jet skiing and swimming (duh!).