Guide to Magnet Fishing in Rhode Island: Where to Go and Is it Legal?‍

Despite being the smallest state in size in the United States, Rhode Island has over hundreds of bodies of water. Around 33.08% of its total area is water which offers plenty of opportunities to go magnet fishing. In addition, this state has over 384 miles of shoreline and about 237 lakes and ponds that make up 91% of the state’s freshwater.

Is magnet fishing legal in Rhode Island?

Yes, magnet fishing is legal in Rhode Island as long as you follow the state’s regulations on fishing. There are no specific magnet fishing laws in Rhode Island. Always seek permission from the landowners if you plan to magnet fish on private property and clean up after yourself.

Of course, what is legal isn’t always ethical. It would not be the first time repeated, reckless or inconsiderate behavior resulted in federal regulation. Please have a look at our magnet fishing etiquette!

‍What are the best places to magnet fish in Rhode Island?

There are plenty of excellent magnet fishing spots in Rhode Island, from large lakes to ponds and rivers. Below we have put together a list of some of the best magnet fishing locations in Rhode Island:

‍Pawtucket River

The Pawtucket River is one of Rhode Island’s most popular magnet fishing spots. This river is located in the northern part of the state and runs through Pawtucket, Cumberland, Lincoln, and Central Falls. It flows approximately 34 miles with eight dams along its length and is a great spot for magnet fishing because it is full of lost or discarded objects over the years.

Blackstone River

Located on Massachusetts and Rhode Island border, The Blackstone River is another popular magnet fishing spot in Rhode Island. The river is around 40 miles long and is full of trash and debris that has been washed downstream.

Slatersville Reservoir

Slatersville Reservoir is a man-made body of water located in the town of North Smithfield. It is a 144-acre reservoir with plenty of coves to explore in a small boat. You are sure to find something there.

Fishermen’s Memorial State Park

Fishermen’s Memorial State Park is located in Narragansett and is a popular spot for magnet fishing. The park has a pier where you can magnet fish and a beach where you can relax and enjoy the view.

George Washington Management Area

It is a 4000-acre state-managed area for camping, hiking, wildlife observation, swimming, and magnet fishing! It is a good spot to magnet fish, especially if you are a local and don’t want to travel far to explore Rhode Island’s waterways.

Tiverton Four Corners

The village of Tiverton Four Corners is home to a millpond that is a great spot for magnet fishing. The millpond is surrounded by historic buildings, so it’s a great place to explore after you’re done magnet fishing.

What can you find when magnet fishing in Rhode Island?

Some common finds are keys, coins, tools, and even the occasional piece of jewelry.

This guy found two bikes!

Additional resources

Did you stumble upon other useful resources, locations or maps for magnet fishing in Rhode Island? Feel free to drop a comment down below!

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