Freshwater & Diadromous Fisheries

The Freshwater and Diadromous Fisheries section of the RI Division of Fish and Wildlife is located at the Great Swamp Field Headquarters, Great Neck Road, West Kingston, RI 02892 (401) 789-7481. The staff is responsible for the research and management of the freshwater and diadromous fisheries resources of the state. This includes pond and stream fisheries surveys, restoration and management of diadromous fish runs, the operation of four freshwater hatcheries, the management of sound stocking programs, and the organization of execution of Aquatic Resource Education (ARE) programs.

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2023-24 RI Freshwater Fishing Regulation Guide

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Notice of Pilot Program at Bowdish Reservoir Boat Ramp in Glocester

Due to its location within the George Washington State Campground, boaters who wish to park and launch a vessel from the Bowdish Reservoir boat ramp without a camping reservation must make a parking reservation by filling out a permit application form. Parking reservations are required from the second Friday in April through Oct. 31. Under the pilot plan, three parking spaces and one handicapped parking space will be designated for non-campground users. Campground users may not reserve or use these spaces.

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Stop the Spread of Invasive Aquatic Species

Aquatic weed infestation is a nuisance to anglers, boaters, and swimmers and can affect proper management of freshwater ponds for wildlife. Help prevent the transport of invasive species by boats, trailers, and equipment. Check and clean your boat and gear before and after launching watercraft in any waterbody. Learn more

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