Town Pond, Portsmouth

Town Pond, Portsmouth

Portsmouth, Rhode Island 02871

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About this Location

Town Pond (also known as “the Salt Pond”) is, reportedly, where the first colonial settlers of Portsmouth landed in 1638. It remained a tidal (salt) pond until about 1949. It was filled with dredged material from the Fall River navigation improvement project in 1949-50. It remained a mudflat in the 1950s. In the 1960s, electrical transmission lines were installed across the site. In 1970, phragmites (a brush growth) dominated the area. In the 1990s, the Narragansett Bay Estuaries Program, with the help of Senator John Chaffee got Congress to authorize a “Narragansett Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study” that included restoration of the pond. Restoration began in 2005 and was completed in 2008. Now a walking trail provides access along the pond to the shore looking (maybe) a bit like it did to those 1638 settlers. Take RI 138 (East Main Rd.) and take a left at Boyd’s Ln. Just after going under the RI-24 overpass, take a right onto Anthony Rd. and the parking area is on the left.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Entrance fee

  • Roadside viewing

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Last updated November 9, 2023