Jones River

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Jones River
Jones River fish ladder.JPG
Country United States
Basin features
Main source Silver Lake
River mouth Kingston Bay
Basin size 30 sq mi (78 km2)
Physical characteristics
Length 7 mi (11 km)

The Jones River is a 7.5-mile-long (12.1 km)[1] river running through Kingston, Massachusetts. The river drains about 30 square miles (78 km2), has its source in Silver Lake and drains into Kingston Bay. Land surrounding the river is 52% forested, of which 22% has been developed for residential use. There is a USGS stream gauge along 16 square miles (41 km2) of the river and it has measured the flow at 0.7 cubic feet per second (0.020 m3/s) per square mile of drainage area.

The Pilgrims named the river after Christopher Jones, captain of the Mayflower in 1620. The river has been dammed at Elm Street where a one-lane iron bridge and a fish ladder exist. The river is navigable only by small boats below that. It winds widely through marshes below that before emptying into Kingston Bay.

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife has stocked the Jones River with trout.[2]


Jones River Brook, Furnace Brook, Pine Brook and Russell Brook are among the tributaries of the Jones River.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed April 1, 2011
  2. ^ Mass Wildlife: Trout Stocked Waters 2009


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Coordinates: 42°00′03″N 70°42′35″W / 42.00083°N 70.70972°W / 42.00083; -70.70972