Winnapaug Pond

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Winnapaug Pond
Brightman Pond
Weekapaug Breachway Jetties.JPG
Weekapaug Breachway looking south
Location Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, United States
Coordinates 41°19′54″N 71°47′12″W / 41.331767°N 71.786734°W / 41.331767; -71.786734
WINNAPAUG POND Latitude and Longitude:

41°19′54″N 71°47′12″W / 41.331767°N 71.786734°W / 41.331767; -71.786734
Type saline
Basin countries United States
Max. length 2.5 mi (4.0 km)
Surface area .7439 sq mi (1.927 km2) [1]

Winnapaug Pond (also known as Brightman Pond [2]) is a breached saltwater lagoon in Westerly, Rhode Island, United States, connected to Block Island Sound by the Weekapaug Breachway, which was constructed during the mid-1950s. [3] [4] The 2.5-mile (4.0 km) lake is separated from the Atlantic by a large sandbar. [5] [6] The Atlantic side of the sandbar is lined by beaches, including Misquamicut Beach, Atlantic Beach, and Westerly Town Beach. In 2010, its overall water quality was assessed as "good". [7] Winnapaug is relatively small and shallow, and is favorable for kayaking. [2] It is one of nine coastal lagoons, referred to as "salt ponds" by locals, in southern Rhode Island. [8] [9]


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