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Watchaug pond
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Location Washington County, Rhode Island, United States
Type kettle pond
Basin countries United States
Surface area 573 acres (2.32 km2)
Average depth 8 ft (2.4 m)
Max. depth 36 ft (11 m)

Watchaug pond is a kettle pond (lake) located at the southern tip of Rhode Island, in the town of Charlestown. It is surrounded by the John Vincent Gormley 8 mile loop trail that he lovingly developed over many years which was dedicated by Senator Jack Reed in 1999. The Vin Gormley trail is both part of the Gormley family history with the land in “South County” Ri, but also the second to last leg of the North South trial that transects our sizable State, with the trail terminating just over historic route 1 in Ninigret. In addition it is near the Audubon Society's Kimball Wildlife Refuge. The 573-acre (2.32 km2) pond is within 3,000 acres (12 km2) of public land. To access the public cement boat ramp at this pond, follow Prosser Trail to Sanctuary Road. The Kettle Pond Visitor Center, operated by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge, hosts school field trips and educational programs about the pond's flora, fauna and habitats.

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